“At Cakes & Craft, I learned how to make these classic English dishes from my grandma Ivy. She’s the mother of my British uncle-in-law. I first met granny when I stayed with her in London. She was already in her 70s back then. Her kids have their own families and I was there to take care of her. I used to take her places like she’s my own grandma. She used to tell me lots of stories, one of them being that her mother worked in a palace as a cook for the Royal family!
Yorkshire Pudding, Sunday Roasts, and traditional desserts like Victoria Sponge – every English dishes we serve at Cakes & Craft I learned from her. I’ve loved cooking ever since I was a little girl. I love to cook and I love to see people enjoying my food. Granny Ivy told me that she’d love to see her recipes being cooked by me in my restaurant. So I wanted to call this place ‘Ivy’s Tea Room’, but because I also display and sell my uncle’s art, I went with a name which reflected that – that’s the ‘craft’ part of ‘Cakes and Craft’
My uncle Colin moved here more than 30 years ago. He’s a full-time artist who creates wonderful paintings, prints, and miniatures of Thai and English streets. You can see them displayed all over this place. He lives just right here in Ari Samphan 3. Please come by and you might get to meet him.”
Khun Ple, owner of @cakesandcraftbangkok
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