New bakery says sales rising despite 'crunch' by wulinqing


									                  24 March 2009                                                                                                             ASKEW ROAD SPECIAL 23

                                                     SPECIAL EDITION>> ASKEW ROAD W12

  SEE PAGE 37>>
                                         h&f BUSINESS
New bakery says sales
rising despite ‘crunch’
                                                                               u Husband and wife team                       The couple, who live in Acton, did

                                                                                                                                                                     COUNCIL CUTS
                                                                                                                          the refit themselves, ripping out the
                                                                               bring their bakery dream                   flooring in the cafe area and putting
                                                                               to Askew Road and have
                                                                                                                                                                     PAY & DISPLAY
                                                                                                                          down wooden floorboards, with new
                                                                               pulled in the customers                    wooden furniture and even a children’s

                                                                                                                                                                     BAY CHARGES
                                                                                                                          play area.
                                                                               u Success is sweet pay                        He says: “We wanted a warm
                                                                               off for Libor’s long hours                 and comfortable atmosphere.”               BuSInESSES in Askew Road
                                                                                                                             The couple plan to add some             in Shepherds Bush have
                                                                                                                          sofas and wi-fi access later on,           received another boost
                                                                                  ANNE BRUCE                              Veronika adds. It is all a work in         after the council agreed to
                                                                               Walk into askew Road’s new                 progress, but there are ‘so many things’   slash the price of more
                                                                               laveli bakery and cafe and you will        that they have planned that they have      pay-and-display parking bays.
                                                                               be amazed by the splendour of its          not had time for yet, she adds.                In December of last year,
                                                                               wares.                                        But things are starting to come         the council decided to reduce
                                                                                  Twelve different sorts of bread,                                                   the price of parking from

                                                                               pastry, savouries and sweets, from                                                    £2.40 per hour to just
                                                                               Framboise tartlets to clafoutis, are                                                  20p for half-an-hour following
                                                                               arrayed in the window and behind a                                                    a consultation with local
                                                                               long shiny glass counter stretching                                                   businesses and residents.
                                                                               down the Shepherds Bush shop.                                                             And now, the council has
                                                                                  This is a display which you might                                                  promised to do likewise with
                                                                               expect to see in Harrods, but it’s a
                                                                               major surprise to happen upon next to
                                                                                                                                 He never sleeps. He                 another four bays outside
                                                                                                                                                                     numbers 82, 88, 105 and
                                                                               a Co-op supermarket.                              just bakes all night                107 Askew Road.
                                                                                  It turns out that everything is cre-                                                   In addition, four new
                                                                               ated from scratch by one lone baker,       together for the Askew Road                loading bays are to be
                                                                               Slovakian-born Libor Matlovic, 32,         entrepreneurs she says, as word of         installed in nearby Hadyn
                                                                               who has worked at some of London’s         mouth recommendations bring more           Park, Cobbold Road, Bassein
                                                                               most prestigious Parisian patisseries.     and more customers to the door.            Park and Gayford roads.
                                                                                  “He never sleeps, he bakes all             Veronika added: “It was hard                The council has also
                                                                               night, he just loves baking” laughs his    around Christmas time as business was      agreed to make a number
                                                                               wife Veronika, 26.                         really quiet.                              of road improvements in a
                                                                                  And she’s right. Libor admits that         “But now we have our regular            bid to improve the safety of
                                                                               his typical working week has been 100      customers and it’s really nice. We         pedestrians in Askew Road.
                                                                               to 120 hours since he and Veronika,        like the Askew Road, there is a good

                                                                                                                                                                     EAGLE KEEPS
                                                                               who runs the retail side, started the      atmosphere here, we get on well with
                                                                               business in October.                       our neighbours, too.”

                                                                                                                                                                     AN EYE ON THE
                                                                                  That’s partly because opening hours        Indeed, the business sources its
                                                                               are 7.30a. to at least 6pm, seven days a   fruit and vegetables from the nearby

                                                                               week. But it’s also because everything     greengrocer, and it turns out Libor
                                                                               is made the artisan way, using the best    recently had his hair cut at Fyneblades
                                                                               ingredients.                               a couple of doors down.
                                                                                  The site, which formerly held the          While Veronica admits the reces-        THE owners have changed
                                                                               Alban bakery, has had a complete           sion is not a great time for a blue-       at The Eagle but the popular
                                                                               refurbishment since the couple fulfilled   ribbon bakery to start up in business,     quiz night remains a Tuesday.
                                                                               their dream and bought it, funded by a     she is convinced that hard graft and          The questions start from
                                                                               private loan.                              sheer quality can make the difference      8pm and entry is £2. Expect
                                                                                  They moved to the area from             for Askew Road’s newest arrival.           queries on music and film.
                                                                               Slovakia and opened the shop in the        l Laveli Bakery is located at 104          Winner takes all. Call 020
                                                                               same month after a friend tipped them      Askew Road, W12 9BL. For more              746 0046 for details.
FLOUR POWER: Veronika and Libor of Laveli Bakery   PICTURE BY LEIGH QUINNELL   off about the site.                        details call 020 8740 4456.


                                         Fresh bouquets, hand ties, weddings, funerals, online delivery
                                         available. Visit our website to see our range.
                                         75 Askew Road, London W12 9AH
                                         Tel: 020 8743 6447
24 ASKEW ROAD SPECIAL                                                                                                 24 March 2009

                                                                     THREE years after fishmonger Ross Connolly opened      would have come to do their shopping, but it was hard
                                                                     his shop in 85 Askew Road he has been forced to        to park and pop in because of the lack of parking

                                                                     shut his shop and move to a smaller site in Acton.     spaces,” Ross said.
                                                                        Ross, 48, a former banker from Ealing who decided       “Then, in October, as soon as the recession hit, my sales
                                                                       to swim against the tide and open his Don Ross       fell by 30 per cent. I guess people cut down on their

                                                                         Seafood shop, said a butcher or a grocer on the    spending and I just couldn’t afford to stay open.”
                                                                            road could have saved his business.                 The fishmonger closed his doors in December and the
                                                                                “I might have been OK as more people        corner premises remains vacant. Simona Sikimic

                                                                                                                                         FOR BIKE
 DELS                                                                                                                                    CRASH
 @ 125 Askew Road                                                                                                                        WOMAN
 Tel 020 8743 4949                                                                                                                        A CYCLIST was flown to hospital on Friday,
                                                                                                                                          March 20, after being dragged under the

                                                                    Laveli Bakery
                                                                                                                                          wheels of a lorry in Shepherds Bush.
                                                                                                                                              Uxbridge Road was partially closed
  Known as Delboys or The Cheap Shop. Est.       The shop sells -                                                                         following the accident at 8am on the
  1981, Dels has been serving the local                                                                                                   junction of Old Oak Road and bus routes
  community for the last 27 years.                                                                                                            A London Ambulance spokeswoman
  Run by Loulji Pantani and his 2 sons Sunil                        Specialists in the nest breads and pastries                           said an air ambulance took the
                                                                                Using only the best quality ingredients,                  30-year-old woman to Royal London
  and Pihip and staff Sarah. The shop is one                                                                                              Hospital. “She was quite lucky,” she
                                                                             (butter only, Belgium chocolate, French our)
  of the most popular shops on Askew Road                                                                                                 added. “She had ankle injuries and just
  and customers can buy almost anything                                                                                                   other minor injuries.”
                                                                                                                                              The woman’s crushed black bike was
  they want.                                                                                                                              lying in the road following the accident
                                                                                                                                          and police were still investigating at
                                                                                                                                              An officer at the scene said the lorry
                                                                                                                                          appeared to have been turning left into
                                                                                                                                          Old Oak Road when the cyclist was
                                                                                                                                          dragged under its wheels.
                                                                                                                                              Cars were diverted as Uxbridge Road
                                                                                                                                          was closed to through traffic and Askew
                                                                                                                                          Road was partly closed. Ayesha Askin &
                                                                                                                                          Kate Youde

                                                                       Come in and enjoy the experience at Laveli Bakery
                                                                                104 Askew Road, London W12
                                                                                      Tel: 020 8740 4456
                                                                                                                                             161 Askew Road London W12 9AU

                                                                                                                                           Tel: 020 8740 3452
             Barnes & Hicks Ltd                                                                                                          OPEN: Tues - Sat 11.00am to 10.00pm
        Independent family funeral Director
        Professional 24 Hour caring service
                                                                         SOM TAM                                                               Sunday 1.00pm - 8.00pm

                                                                                                                                               LIGHT BITES FROM 60P
                                                                                                                                            Fried Chicken Wings Bbq Chicken Wings
                                                                                                                                            Fried Bakes (Dumplings) Bake & Saltfish
                                                                                                                                          Coconut Biscuit Coconut Biscuit with Saltfish
                                                                                                                                           Bakes With Curried Goat or Curried Chicken
                                                                                                                                                    Fish Cakes/Saltfish Fritters

           Traditional horse drawn funerals                                                                                                 HOT SNACKS FROM £1.50
                                                                                                                                          Fried Chicken Fried Snapper Jerk Chicken
           Pre-paid funeral plans                                                                            House Thai                            Sliced Fish Escovitch Fish
           Home visits available                                                                              Restaurant
           ‘Green funerals’                                                                               131 Askew Road                    MAIN MEALS FROM £5.50
                                                                                                                                              All served with one of the following Basmati rice,
           World wide repatriations                                                                      London W12 9AU                    rice and peas, Macaroni Pie or hard food (Yam/Green,
           Specialising in funerals to Ireland                                                          Tel: 020 8749 9030                      Banana / Sweet Potato) & 2 of the following:
                                                                                                                                               salad, coleslaw, plantin or pan fried vegetables.
        Members of Irish Association of Funeral Directors                       Guaranteed authentic                                              Curried Chicken Curried Goat
        Multi faith funerals tailored to suit your needs                            Thai cuisine                                                 Stewed Chicken Vegetable Stew
                                                                                                                                                   Stewed Oxtail Stewed Pork
                                                                                    Opened in 1993                                                     Fish Stew Fried Fish

                                                                                  30 seater restaurant
                                                                            Thai decor and air conditioning
                                                                                  Friendly atmosphere
       Branch                                                                  Take away service available
       123 Askew Road, Shepherds Bush, W12 9AU
       Tel: 020 8743 9444                                                       Free local home delivery
                                                                           (min. £10), or 10% on collection)
                                                                             Express lunch for only £4.95
                                                                              Parties and outside catering
       Director Mr R E Barnes
       Email                          Three Thai chefs, more than 10 years experience
                                                                             in five star hotels in Thailand
                   24 March 2009                                                                                                                   ASKEW ROAD SPECIAL 25

                                                                                                                                                ASKEW ROAD W12
HOT DEALS!                                                                                            ONE TO TRY WADADA’S
                                                                                                       FOR authentic Caribbean cuisine at prices to          from £3.50 and the jerk burgers are also a
l TAKEAWAY specialist Walk-in                                                                          make you take notice, check out Wadada.               favourite at 99p. Wadada’s homemade buns
excel at Thai, Peking and Canton-                                                                         Wadada’s credit crunch meal deal will cost         and vegan cakes will satisfy a sweet tooth.
ese cuisine. They’re offering free                                                                     you a mere £3. Choose from curried or stewed              Business has been slow recently – “it’s a
delivery for orders over £10, and                                                                      chicken, goat or a vegetarian curry – all served      very quiet road which doesn’t get that busy”
you get two canned drinks and a                                                                        with rice and peas of course.                         – but Sandra says her plan is to reach out to
packet of prawn crackers free with                                                                        Owner Sandra Ferguson-Duncan, 47,                  those who are not that adventurous.
orders over £15.                                                                                       pictured left, says it has been a hit.                    “Many people don’t even know what
Walk-In, 94 Askew Road, W12                                                                               “People have a lot going on in their lives at      Caribbean food is,” she added.
9BL. Call 020 8749 9064                                                                                the moment. We try to keep them going till                If you are bored of Sunday roasts, Wadada’s
                                                                                                       dinner,” she said.                                    all-you-can-eat buffet, served with a free
l For a lunchtime fix of home-                                                                            For those who cannot stomach a heavy               homemade punch, will spice it up.
made Caribbean grub at recession-                                                                      meal for lunch there are many lighter options.        l Wadada, 161 Askew Road, W12, 9AU. Call
busting prices, try Big Taste.                                                                         Rotis are a best-seller with a range of fillings      020 8740 3452.
Big Taste has fried fish dishes on
offer for £3 and a jerk chicken

                                       TRADER VIEW ROHNIN
meal at £6 will fill you up until
Big Taste, 1 Askew Road, W12

                                       Appliance defiance
9BA. Call 020 8222 6900

l Pamper yourself at Alishba
Beauty and Hair Salon with an
hour-long full body massage or
a facial for £40. If you are brave
enough for waxing, prices start
at £8.
Alishba Beauty and Hair Salon,
109 Askew Road, W12 9AS.
Call 020 8735 1838                     u Askew Road trader                                                                                                                                         face to
                                       Geoff is confident older                                                                                                                                    Geoff Turner
l AT Fyneblades Barbers, senior                                                                                                                                                                    of Rohnin
citizens can have their hair cut for   firms can see off the                                                                                                                                       says the
£5 from Monday to Wednesday.           internet challenge                                                                                                                                          recession
The traditional barbershop also                                                                                                                                                                    is making
offers haircuts for kids at £7.        u Keeping it efficient                                                                                                                                      things
Fyneblades Barbers, 94A Askew          and simple is the key                                                                                                                                       tough for
Road, W12 9BL. Call 020 8811                                                                                                                                                                       independent
1225                                                                                                                                                                                               firms but
                                          SIMoNa SIKIMIc                                                                                                                                           he believes
l OCTAvIA Foundation,                                                                                                                                                                              doing
previously known as the Notting
                                       “The average Joe Public has                                                                                                                                 business the
Hill Housing Trust, has everything
                                       almost totally disappeared from                                                                                                                             old-fashioned
from clothes, toys, books and
                                       the market.”                                                                                                                                                way is
cards starting from £2.
                                           That is the view of Geoff Turner, 54,                                                                                                                   important
                                       the owner of Rohnin in Askew Road.
   Shop assistant Olga Ramelli,            “We never see families on Saturdays                                                                                                                     PICTURE BY
42, says: “Since the recession                                                                                                                                                                     DARREN
                                       any more – it is now our quietest day,”                                                                                                                     GERRISH
people are not parting with as         he added.
much stuff as before. We are               However, thanks to his belief in
seeing more customers though           doing business the old-fashioned way
because people are becoming more       and providing customers in search of
aware of what they spend.”             domestic appliances with professional
Octavia Foundation Charity             service, quick delivery, installation and
Shop, 76 Askew Road, W12,              disposal of unwanted machines, he is
9BJ. Call 020 8740 4875                still managing to stave off growing           us, we make it as simple as possible.”   corporate world five years ago to run          This kind of familiarity and a no-
                                       competition from internet suppliers.             The shop’s 72-year history makes      the store with his daughter, Laura, 27.    nonsense approach means that Geoff
l SPRING has sprung, it’s time             “Just today I had an old lady with        it well known with regulars and an          He said: “When the previous             is still doing business and Rohnin
for the big clean and Lawen Dry        mobility difficulties come to the store.      important part of the community.         owner died, he was well into his 90s       should be keeping its doors open for
Cleaners is offering a 25 per cent     She was in a panic as inspectors had             Geoff, who previously worked          and left the store to his sons, but they   a long time to come. He added: “The
discount on curtains and will          taken away her cooker due to a gas            at Panasonic and Samsung, left the       were already ready for retirement so       recession has hit everyone but we are
service five shirts for £6. It also    leak,” he said.                                                                        I stepped in, refurbished it and now       definitely still doing business – it is
cleans all bedding and has an                                                                                                 rent it from them. When this shop first

                                           “Everyone else she turned to said                                                                                             just business of another kind.
instore shoe repair service. Owner     she would have to wait at least five days                                              opened, parts of Shepherds Bush still          “Developers are using this
Ari Jalal has not noticed a dip in     for delivery. We delivered and installed                                               didn’t have electricity and the whole      opportunity to refurbish houses and
takings since the crunch. “People      it for her two hours later and did it for a                                            place used to run on a car battery.        flats, for sales but mainly lets, and
need clean clothes,” he says.          low and competitive price too.                                                            “Now we sell colour televisions         there is a lot of that activity going on.
Lawen Dry Cleaners, 71 Askew
Road, W12 9AH. Call 020 8743
                                           “That kind of thing happens all the
                                       time and I’m glad we are around to              We are definitely still doing          and microwaves. It’s pretty amazing
                                                                                                                              when you think about it. But because
                                                                                                                                                                             “And as long as we stay open we
                                                                                                                                                                         will keep offering the best possible
5887                                   help. Internet places might be OK for              business – just business            we have been here for so long people       service to everyone.”
l FOR all your floral needs head
                                       the younger generation but there are
                                       always hidden costs and hassles – with
                                                                                                   of another kind            know where we are, what we do and          l Rohnin, 135 Askew Road, W12 9AU.
                                                                                                                              what they can expect.”                     Call 020 8743 2795.
to Sunflowers. Owner Pat Roden-
Scott, 54, has been catering for
all special occasions for almost
15 years. Tulips are a best seller
at £6 a bunch and ask in store for
                                       YOUR SHOUT HOW IS REcESSION AffEcTINg YOU?
special deals on other items.                                        WILLIAM said: “I just                               ANDREW, a decorator,                                         DAvID, a barman,
    Why not surprise a loved one?                                    tend to pay the bills as                            said: “A lot of people                                       said: “Alcohol is just
For £3.99 Sunflowers will print                                      they come along rather                              are turning to DIY rather                                    so much cheaper in the
your face on a balloon.                                              than wait until they add                            than paying someone to                                       supermarkets.
Sunflowers, 73 Askew Road,                                           up. I know you pay more                             do the job.                                                     “I’ve seen shops open
W12 9AH. Call 020 8743 6447                                          but at least you don’t                                 “I think all                                              two hours early to make
or see                                    have to deal with a big                             professions are feeling                                      more money. All the bills
                                                                     charge every month.                                 the recession. It’s hard to                                  are going up too.
l FOR the best Chellow kebab                                            “I don’t really know                             keep the work coming in.                                        “I try to use local
                                                                     about food prices. My                                  “Money is short at the                                    shops rather than the
this side of the Gulf, head to the                                   missus does all the                                 moment, for everyone                                         big supermarkets which
multi-award-winning Sufi. Its                                        shopping – I just pay!                              I know. People are                                           take all the business. But
lunch menu includes two courses                                         “There are                                       doing their best to cut                                      families probably can’t
for £5 from noon to 5pm.               William Mullally, 63,         always special deals,        Andrew O’Sullivan, 32, spending, but that affects       David Mariner, 56, of       afford to do that.
Sufi Restaurant, 70 Askew              of Kelmscott Gardens,         everywhere. You just         of Becklow Road, W12 businesses.”                       Uxbridge Road, W12             “I think we’ll get
Road, W12 9BJ. Call 020                W12                           need to look for them.”                                                                                          through this.”
8834 4888
     26 ASKEW ROAD SPECIAL                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            24 March 2009

                                                          ONE TO TRY lOUCHE
                                                         LOUCHE offers a bright space to enjoy organic                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The family-friendly café also has children’s        as the homemade soup of the day. With spring
                                                         Fairtrade coffee, a full English breakfast, your                                                                                                                                                                                                                    books and toys to busy the little ones, and            just around the corner the outside seating is
                                                         newspaper and… art!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 there is literature for grown ups.                     already filled with regulars enjoying a smoothie
                                                            Owner Manish Dessai offers exhibition                                                                                                                                                                                                                               The food offers good value for money.               in the sun. The forthcoming summer menu is
                                                         space to artists free of charge, and encourages                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jacket potatoes are a hit at £1.95 and the          likely to include more salads, says Manish, as
Barnes - H&F News:Colour         1/10/08      17:01      locals
                                                        Page 1 to bring in their work: “A lot of our                                                                                                                                                                                                                         chocolate cake at £2.45 a slice is divine.             well as an ice-cream machine for children.
                                                         customers have work they want to show. And                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Custom-made panini, baguettes and                   l Louche, 155 Askew Road, W12 9AU.
                                                         we have sold quite a few pieces.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   sandwiches are a great lunchtime treat as well         Call 020 8222 6655

                                                                                         THE LOCAL PAPER FOR SHEPHERDS
                                                                                                                                                                      BUSH RESIDENTS                                                       10 MARCH 2009

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 I had to move
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 shop thanks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Established 1989
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Shoe repairs Trophies & Engraving
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Rubber stamps All work guaranteed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    W6 9PL
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 70 Fulham Palace Road, Hammersmith
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 020 8748 4697

                                                                                          ONBOARD WITH ROWER LIBERTY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   PLUS BOAT RACE PARTY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     FUN SEE SPORT>>

                                                                                          All change for Circle line
                                                                                          in historic Tube victor                                                                                                                                                          But Howard Collins, chief
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       officer, London Underground,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       changes will improve the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         said: “The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     reliability of
                                                                                            Redrawn Tube map
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        to recover
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       the line, enabling services
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       more quickly if there is disruption.” to
                                                                                           means more trains and                                                                                                                                                            The plans have been designed
                                                                                           better service for residents
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       and longer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        accommodate new faster
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ‘S-stock’ trains.
                                                                                            The final destination                                                                                                                                                           The first of the air-conditioned,
                                                                                           of Hammersmith for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           rolling on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        walk-through units will start
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           2010, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the Metropolitan line from
                                                                                           new Circle line will save                                                                                                                                                     Circle and Hammersmith &
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           City from

                                                                                            commuters a headache
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         2011, and the District from          Botterill
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             H&F councillor Nicholas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          be forgiven
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          said: “Tube passengers could
                                                                                                ROB MANSFIELD                                                                                                                                                             for feeling that in the past
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            they have
                                                                                                                           to the Tube                                                                                                                                                                    extension is
                                                                                            ONE of the biggest changes                                                                                                                                                    travelled in circles, but this
                                                                                                                            will bring                                                                                                                                    a move in the right direction.”
                                                                                            network in recent times
                                                                                            great benefits for local residents. to
                                                                                                 The Circle line is being redirected in
                                                                                            Hammersmith and Shepherdsreliability
                                                                                            a move that should improve
                                                                                             and create more frequent services. 36the
                                                                                                 The extra capacity will help travel                                                                                            shape means they often
                                                                                                                                                                                              can be a real pain at times.”                           delays
                                                                                             per cent of borough workers
                                                                                                                             who                                 Edgware Road. rush hour                                 lives experience crippling
                                                                                                                                       in before terminating at                        And Simon Richards, 29, whoBush, when a train breaks down.
                                                                                             by Tube – the highest proportion as Trains will then reverse along the same                        Crescent, Shepherds
                                                                                              London. Shoppers will also            Wood route and finish their
                                                                                                                                                                 journey back at in Askew don’t use the Tube from                   Delays are worse on the
                                                                                                                                                                                    added: “I                                              because although
                                                                                              the number of trains going throughWestfield Hammersmith.                                                        it takes ages to Circle line
                                                                                              Lane station, next to the new                                                    line Hammersmith because                          the Tube map shows it as a
                                                                                                                                              The Hammersmith & City right, get anywhere. I only use it when I have                     line it shares large
                                                                                              mega-mall, is set to double.          seven will continue to exist
                                                                                                                                                                 in its own                            service will probably single of track with the
                                                                                                   From December, the current                                         and Plaistow to but a quicker                              amounts
                                                                                                                                        & running as far as Barking                  change my mind.”
                                                                                               trains an hour on the Hammersmith                                                                                      say the District, Hammersmith
                                                                                                                                one every in east London.                               Underground engineers                                 Metropolitan
                                                                                               City line will be boosted to                   People using the line in the
                                                                                                                                                                           borough                                  the whole & City and
                                                                                                                                                                 the news.           changes will also benefit                of routes.
                                                                                               four minutes.                      start in last Friday welcomed of Sycamore network by reducing the numberThe
                                                                                                   Circle line trains will                                                                                                           Any disruption on
                                                                                                                               along the       David Smith, 28,                             line trains stuck in tunnels.                              cause
                                                                                                Hammersmith and run                                             Bush, said: “If the Circle line opened in 1884 and carries these lines can

              the family you can turn to
                                                                                                                              to Edgware Gardens, Shepherds                           14-mile                                     delays to the Circle line.
                                                                                                Hammersmith & City line complete Circle line comes to Hammersmith it                               passengers a year but its
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               YOUR MUM SEE PAGE 47>>
                                                                                                Road. From there, trains will                                      At the moment, 75 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                             BEAUTY TREATMENTS FOR
                                                                                                                               Circle line will help commuters.
                                                                                                a clockwise lap of the
                                                                                                                                                      SUPER MUM PLUS WIN FREE
                                                                                                   INSIDE MEET OUR FULHAM                                                                                                                                                               A family business
                                                                                                                                                      than larger stores
                                                                                                    Our carpets are cheaper                                                                   zone
                                                                                                                                                                   Outside congestion charge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 to Hugh Grant
                                                                                                                                                                   Support your local business
                                                                                                                                                                    Open Monday to Saturday
                                                                                                                                                                 167 King Street,
                                                                                                                                                                 Hammersmith W6 9JT
                                                                                                                                                                 020 8563 2221
                                                                                                                                                                                              9.00am to 5.00pm

                                                                                                                                                                                             Hall 100m before Cinema
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                156 Goldhawk Road
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Shepherds Bush W12 8HJ
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                020 8749 9340
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                By Straight Eight opposite
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Brackenbury Road
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          0              %
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Subject to status

                                                                                                                                                                  By Hammersmith Town

                                                                                       WANT TO
                                                                                       IN OUR NEXT
                                                                                       BUSH GUIDE?
                                                                                       CAll SARAH BAKER
                                                                                       ON 020 8753 2157

                               For over 85 years our family has been helping and
                                      advising local families in their time of need.
                              Providing both modest and traditional funerals with
                                    care and compassion when you need it most.
                             Funeral Directors & Memorial Stonemasons
        Funeral Plans
        Custodian Trustee:                      SHEPHERDS BUSH
        HSBC Trust Co.
        (UK) Ltd.                       128 Askew Road (020) 8723 6862
                                     236 Uxbridge Road (020) 8743 4312

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 bloomInG GooD: Pat Roden-Scott at her SunFlowers shop in Askew Road                  PICTURE BY jUSTIn ThomAS

       Discount prices                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           u While the king of                  temporarily – but I have now         like the work and the decorations,
       Same/next day delivery                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    English actors had
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      been here for 12 years.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          “I came here when they
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           but it is just a little bit sad. But
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           there are also more uplifting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 negative affect on                   brought out the film Notting Hill,   ones when you do funny things
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 a florist’s shop, UK                 which pushed up the prices so
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I could not afford it anymore.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           like hats and birds.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Pat said: “We spend a couple
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 flowers are all the rage                 “Anyway, I quite like it here    of days preparing for a wedding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 u Askew Road expert                  so I ended up staying.”              if it is a big wedding but
             Over 100 models is stock                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pat, who lives in North          people book weddings a year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 says trend will help                 Kensington with her partner and      in advance. It did not use to be
             Gas & electric cookers                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              British economy                      who has a 27-year-old daughter,      like that but I think it is because
             Washing machines                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Sarah, trained as a florist for      everybody needs to book up and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   SIGnE HAnSEn                       four years                           start saving as well.
             Fridge freezers                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “I always wanted to be a             “I do really big weddings but
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Exotic, tropical and Dutch           gardener and flowers and gardens     also little weddings where they
             Dishwashers                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         blooms will inevitably be part       go together,” she added.             just want a bouquet in the button
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 of a florist’s stock.                    “I thought that it was a bit     hole. I had a big wedding with a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     With concerns about the          more artistic to do flowers,         lot of church decorations and a
             Quality at affordable prices                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        environmental cost of bringing       although I am not sure it is         couple of weeks later I had one
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 in the blooms, however, a place      actually.                            where they just came by to pick
             Manufacturers warranty                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              in Shepherds Bush is looking to          “My customers come in here       up a bouquet.”
             New & ex-display                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    cut down on air miles.               for everything: presents, funerals       Three girls work in the shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pat Roden-Scott, from florist    and weddings and parties.            and Pat’s daughter, who lives
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 SunFlowers in 73 Askew Road,             “I do not really like doing      nearby, does help at busy times.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 said: “Now we are trying to go       funeral work – not that I don’t          “My favourite flower day is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 after the trend of more English                                           Mother’s Day because you can
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 flowers because of the carbon                                             use lot of different types,” said

       020 8743 2795

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 footprint.”                                                               Pat.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The 57-year-old has plenty                                                “On Valentine’s Day they all
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 of experience in the trade and                                            want roses. People sometimes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 is happy with her base in the                                             buy very expensive bouquets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 borough – after Hugh Grant was                                            – like once I sold a bouquet of
       135 Askew, London W12 9AU                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 indirectly responsible for her                                            roses for £150.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 having to move from Notting                                                   And if you’re too busy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Hill.                                      I left Notting Hill            watching the newest Hugh Grant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     “I had a flower shop before in                                        film, customers can order over
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Kensington,” said Pat.                   after the film came              the phone or on the internet.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     “I had it for six years. I was       out and prices rose              l Call 0800 092 9347 or visit:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 really just supposed to be here                                 
                      24 March 2009                                                          ASKEW ROAD SPECIAL 35

                                                                                                                                   The 266 bus
                                                                                                                                   has a long
                                                                                                                                   history of

266 bus will
                                                                                                                                   from residents
                                                                                                                                   of Shepherds
                                                                                                                                   Bush and
                                                                                                                                   PICTURE BY

be reviewed
                                                                                                                                   LEIGH QUINNELL

u Residents now being                  to wait for up to 40 minutes before        TfL are finally asking local
                                       at least two buses turn up together.       residents how the 266 bus
asked what they think                      Dilek Ercin, 28, of Gayford            can be improved.”
of notorious route                     Road, Shepherds Bush, said: “I’ve              Meanwhile a recent TfL
                                       lived in Gayford Road for 20 years         probe proves that the 266
u Buses often late and                 and it’s brilliant that they are finally   falls below the company’s
full when they arrive                  doing something about the 266.             own minimum standards
                                           “The buses are always full, and        for ‘excess waiting’ times.
                                       after waiting ages for one to arrive           TfL expects passen-
                                       two or three show up at the same           gers to wait for no more
Passengers are being asked             time. I once had to wait for an hour       than 4.1 minutes but the
for their views on the 266 bus         and a half for a bus to arrive. That       latest figures show an
as part of a shake-up of the           was an absolute nightmare.”                average wait of more than
troubled route.                            Perseus Adams, 75, of Hadyn            5.5 minutes.
    The journey is among the           Park Road, Shepherds Bush, added:              According to the report,
worst in west London according         “The 266 bus route has a long              residents have a 13 per cent
to local residents and Transport for   distance to cover, and that is what        chance of waiting more
London (TfL) has now bowed             slows it down.                             than 10 minutes.
to public opinion and agreed to            Residents around Askew Road                TfL has admitted that
review the service.                    have consistently complained that          the length of the route may
    The 266 runs in both direc-        when a bus does arrive it is often         be a factor in the unreliabil-
tions between Hammersmith bus          so full that it does not stop to let       ity of the service and that
station in the south and Brent         local passengers on. The 266 is            this will be looked at as part
Cross shopping centre in the           also notorious for failing to finish       of the review.
north. The double-decker buses         the whole route and chucking out           l To have your say on the
travel along the 10.7-mile route       passengers at Starch Green post            266 bus call 0845 300 7000
via Askew Road, Harlesden and          office.                                    or email: customerservices
Neasden.                                   H&F councillor Nicholas       before Friday,
    Regular users say it is common     Botterill said: “I am pleased that         May 29.
36 ASKEW ROAD SPECIAL                                                                                                               24 March 2009

Join the Adams family
u It’s been going for                                                                                                                         souks               Frances’ warm greeting extends from
                                                                                                                                              you             the regulars to newcomers needing guid-
20 years and now the                                                                                                                          sir:            ance on some of the dishes.
                                                                                                                                              Abdel and
children of the original                                                                                                                      Frances
                                                                                                                                                                  Starters range from pastilla – a Mo-
                                                                                                                                                              roccan sweet chicken, almond and filo
customers are regulars!                                                                                                                       Boukraa will    pastry pie – to chorba, a spicy vegetable,
u Restaurant was one of                                                                                                                       two
                                                                                                                                                              lamb and past soup.
                                                                                                                                                                  On our visit we plump for brik a
the first to serve couscous                                                                                                                   decades         l’oeuf, which comes recommended
                                                                                                                                              of running      by Frances as typical Tunisian street
                                                                                                                                              Adams Cafe
  mAgdA ibrAhim                                                                                                                               this year
                                                                                                                                                              food, and grilled sardines with cher-
                                                                                                                                                              moula, a sauce made from garlic and
Stepping into Adams Cafe is like                                                                                                                              coriander.
falling through a portal into a differ-                                                                                                                           The brik a l’oeuf is a fan of filo pas-
ent and altogether enhanced world.                                                                                                                            try filled with a whole egg and herbs. It
    The little neighbourhood restaurant                                                                                                                       looks impossibly tricky to master, and
is light years away from the depressing                                                                                                                       Frances reveals it is not a dish she dares
days of RBS, recession and rain.                                                                                                                              attempt at home.
    From the buzz of a full dining room                                                                                                                           The main courses include a wide
– even on a Tuesday evening – to the                                                                                                                          choice of traditional tagines and stews,
colourful tiles sourced directly from                                                                                                                         as well as couscous-based dishes and
Tunisia, this North African eatery is a                                                                                                                       grilled meat or fish platters.
real discovery.                                                                                                                                                   Marmite du pecheur – a casserole of
    For those who have never visited                                                                                                                          mixed fish and seafood in a gloriously
the place before, now is a better time                                                                                                                        rich tomato broth – is a delight, while
than ever. Its owners Abdel and Frances                                                                                                                       the gargoulette Tunisienne combines
Boukraa are this year celebrating 20                                                                                                                          very tender lamb with a pleasingly
years in Askew Road and have plans to                                                                                                                         strong flavour of mint.
organise an anniversary party.                                                                                                                                    Frances and Abdel still travel to
    The couple, who met in Paris before                                  When Adams Cafe first opened it

                                                                                                                 attracts a loyal following drawn in by       Tunisia twice a year and the spirit of
moving to Abdel’s home country of Tu-                                 was one of the few restaurants that even   the tasty food and casual, friendly at-      North Africa clearly travels back to
nisia, say the restaurant has grown with                              served couscous.                           mosphere.                                    Shepherds Bush with them, along with
them and their customers.                                                “We always found it weird there             “Initially it was a very Tunisian menu   a few collectibles.
    “When we first opened the restaurant                              was no couscous restaurant in London,”     but we have since had a couple of very           “The decoration is supposed to
people would come in with their chil-                                 she says.                                  good Moroccan chefs who have intro-          look like a souk – do you like it?” asks
dren, but now the children have grown      We always found it weird      It was such a novelty they were inun-   duced dishes that have become very           Frances.
up and bring their boyfriends and girl-
friends,” laughs Frances.                   there was no couscous     dated with requests to appear on televi-
                                                                      sion and radio shows.
                                                                                                                 popular,” adds Frances.
                                                                                                                     “They are classic Moroccan tagines
                                                                                                                                                              l Adams Cafe, 77 Askew Road, W12.
    “They always look a bit sheepish,         restaurant in London       That excitement does not appear         such as chicken with pickled lemons,         Call 020 8743 0572. A starter, main
but we think it is lovely.”                                           to have waned, and the restaurant still    and lamb with prunes.”                       course and dessert is £16.95.

                                           Priority Plumbing Supplies
                                                     86 Askew Road, Shepherds Bush London, London W12 9BJ
                                                                        Tel: 020 8741 2966
                                                                        Fax 020 8740 7515
Putting his art
                       24 March 2009                                                                                                                        ASKEW ROAD SPECIAL 37

into a project
u Former reggae music
store was ideal for artist
to open gallery and shop
                                                                                                                                                                            brothers in arms: David and Daniel
u If inspiration strikes                                                                                                                                                     Wright set up Cartridge SOS in Askew Road
in the early hours he is
a short journey away
                                                                                                                                                                           A FAMILY FIrM
  madeline healey
                                                                                                                                                                           IS run wIth
                                                                                                                                                                           kIndred SpIrIt
WHEN artist Milton Grubert
decided to create a small gallery to
display his work he didn’t have to
look very far.
    The painter found an empty shop                                                                                                                                        WHEN David Wright was told to take on
less than a minute away from where                                                                                                                                         a university placement within the printer
he lives and works and opened it                                                                                                                                           cartridge field it did not sound like a thrilling
last July.                                                                                                                                                                 prospect.
    His Askew Art gallery, which once                                                                                                                                          But the young entrepreneur realised
housed Studio One Records, George                                                                                                                       fine               there was more to cartridges than met the
Pecking’s well-known reggae music                                                                                                                       Palette:           eye and decided to look into it for his career.
store, now forms part of Milton’s                                                                                                                       Milton                 So when the 26-year-old finished his
studio space.                                                                                                                                           Grubert at         course in business and quality management
    Being so close to his home, when                                                                                                                    his gallery in     he and younger brother Daniel, 23, decided
he wakes up in the middle of the                                                                                                                        Askew Road         to start their own business, Cartridge SOS.
night inspired to start a new painting,                                                                                                                                        The duo, who opened a distinctive bright
                                                                                                                                                        PICTURE            yellow shop in Askew Road a year ago,
he’s only a few steps away – and                                                                                                                        BY DARREN
Milton admits he often gets his best                                                                                                                    GERRISH            offer discount printer cartridges, paper and
work done in the small hours.                                                                                                                                              stationery delivered within 90 minutes to
    “One night I had an idea, I got          own homes. We can put a man to              Milton also can paint or create            “It is a tricky business at times. I   most of west and south-west London.
up and painted it and it sold the next       walk on the moon but sometimes we        art for your office, for sale or for      remember when I first opened I was             “It’s cheaper than the high street and
day,” he said.                               can’t even walk down our own street      hire, to add a touch of colour to your    sitting here and I thought to myself,      convenient,” David said.
    His work is varied.                      safely.                                  workplace.                                ‘Do you really expect people to walk           They chose Askew Road because it was a
    “Sometimes I am just wanting                 “We think technology will solve         He recognizes that Askew Road          into a gallery on Askew Road and           good base for making deliveries and a well-
to convey the loveliness of the              our problems – but it’s a myth.          might not be the most obvious place       buy a painting?’                           known road in the area.
Thames in the evening, or the glory              “That’s what the painting is         for an art gallery, but Milton says the       “Just as I had that thought,               It takes David only five minutes to ride
of a bunch of flowers,” he said,             about.”                                  proximity to his home makes it very       a customer walked in, took                 to work on his scooter and he appreciates
whereas in another work he can use               While the main aim of the gallery    appealing. “And it’s only a 10-minute     a look around and bought                   there is a good community around Askew
‘abstraction to relate a different or        is to display Milton’s work, he also     bike ride to the river!” he said.         a picture.”                                Road. “You see quite a lot of locals, the
deeper concept’.                             sells handmade jewellery, ceramics,                                                    One art collector regularly pops       same people all the time,” he said.
                                                                                                                                                                               Other firms are often impressed that the

    “For example, one of my paintings        glass art and paintings by other                                                   in to see what new work is available
is called Future Primitive. It’s about       artists.                                                                           and has even brought his nieces, who       two young brothers are running their own
how we think we’re so advanced                   He also provides a graphic                                                     have an interest in fine art, which        business in their 20s.
these days – yet some very real              design and illustration service from                                               Milton finds very encouraging.                 “We do business networking and
human issues remain unresolved,”             his Askew Art shop including logo                                                      A year after opening, and with         everyone else is 40 or 50,” David said.
Milton added.                                design, corporate identity, stationery      One night I had an idea,               a first birthday party under his belt,         Another side to the business is that they
                                                                                                                                                                           try to recycle wherever they can.
    “I could be talking to you on the
phone in Kuala Lumpur, and other
                                             and graphic design services
                                             for businesses and individuals,
                                                                                        got up and painted it and               Milton hopes he will continue to
                                                                                                                                attract more local customers.                  They use recycled paper delivery bags
times we can’t even communicate              illustrations for books, CDs,                    it sold the next day              l Askew Art is located at 142 Askew        and take their customers’ used printer
with one another face to face in our         magazines, advertising, and murals.                                                Road, W12. Call 07914 027893.              cartridges for recycling. Madeline Healey

   drink your choice for askew road pubs

   l Old Bull & Bush                                                                         l The Sun                                   l Angel & Askew                         l The Eagle
   THIS traditional pub would be the                                                         YOU can’t miss this large pub with its      THIS gastropub reopened last year       IT IS easy to lose a few hours in
   perfect spot to kick back and watch                                                       long row of windows, located right in       following a big refurbishment. Now      here. The food is tempting and at
   the football with a beer in one hand           l The Orchard Tavern                       the centre of Askew Road.                   the interiors are modern, albeit with   reasonable prices and it feels spacious
   and slice of pizza, which is served            THIS attractive and popular                   It was bombed during the Second          traditional-style parquet flooring.     and bright throughout. Real ales and
   at the pub, in the other. And, when            family-run pub is a great spot             World War, but has survived through         You can hang art, commission free,      European beers and ciders are on tap.
   there’s no footy to be watched there           to relax with a drink.                     the decades and remains a very              for a monthly exhibit.                     Sunday is live music night and
   are four pool tables to make sure                  During the day newspapers are          traditional-style pub.                          There is an outside front seating   there are events on regularly including
   everyone is entertained.                       provided so you can sit and read              There is plenty of drinking space        area and the decent-sized beer          barbecues and quiz nights.
       But there is also plenty for every-        while enjoying a beer and there            with two separate bars and a beer           garden has patio heaters for the           There is a huge outdoor space
   one, including a cocktail menu and a           are sports games on TV.                    garden for sunny days.                      more nippy nights.                      with swinging seats and marble-look
   chance to get dressed up and dance                 There is also a patio overlooking                                                      On Friday and Saturday nights       tables. If it gets too busy on the patio
   the night away at a disco on Fridays           Askew Road that is perfect in                                                          you can boogie to live music            you can take your drinks and your
   and Saturdays.                                 warm weather.                                                                          until 1am.                              mates and sit on the lawn.
38 ASKEW ROAD SPECIAL                                                                              24 March 2009

               A SKEW R OAD’S
  ART GALLERY & DESIGN SERVICE                                                              D G E T H AT G A
                                                                                         R I CAFE AND
                                                                                       B                     P
                                                                                                  SANDWICH BAR
                                                                                                OPEN MONDAY-FRIDAY
                                                                                                  7.00AM - 2.00PM

        A RT            Browse, buy, or commission original paintings,
                        murals, hand made jewellery, glass art and ceramics

                        From design through to print ready artwork. Logos,
       D ESIGN          CD covers, business cards, menus, - promotional material                All day English breakfast
                        for individuals, businesses, musicians & artisans
                                                                                                Jacket potatoes
                                                                                                Freshly baked baguettes
                        Illustration service for writers, publishers, musicians,
    I LLUSTRATION       and businesses                                                          Newly fitted air conditioning
                                                  A SKEW- A RT.COM
                                                  142 Askew Road W12 9BX
                                                                                                     105 Askew Road
      A SKEW A RT                                 t:
                                                          020 8740 7284
                                                          07914 027 893
                                                                                                     Shepherds Bush
                                                  e:                             020 8746 1377

     “...winning formula - inexpensive menu, cheery laid-back
     atmosphere and top-notch food.” Time Out Guide 2009

 Mediterranean Cuisine - Tagines - Couscous - Grills

To top