Clementine & Almond Cake


 I love cake, and even though I am more of a savoury person, nothing quite beats a beautifully baked cake, whether it be home-baked or bought from a reputable, artisan bakery; and, one of my favourite bakeries is 

Meg Rivers

, which is situated in The Cotswolds in England. Meg Rivers started her business in 1986 when she began baking cakes in her home kitchen. It was in the pre-internet days when selling food mail-order was something of a rarity, however, the business was so successful, that in 1991, Meg won Businesswoman of the Year. Sadly, Meg Rivers passed away, but the bakery is still in good hands, as one of Meg’s family friends, Julian Day, took over the bakery along with his daughters, thus ensuring that beautiful, hand-baked and artisan cakes and bakes are still the cornerstone of the company. Julian has subsequently published a a book, “Meg Rivers Home Baking”, a copy of which I have and refer to on numerous occasions, and which really highlights the passion and commitment that he and his family have to bake cakes of high quality with premium ingredients.