Ah, the sweet smell of accidental success! I stumbled across the London Honey Company's open house at Maltby Street a couple of weekends ago, not entirely on purpose. But what a wonderful accident... Their office doubles up as a workshop where they cut the honeycombs and coax honey from wooden frames. The air is thick with the intoxicating scent of busy bees work.
Steve the beekeeper is on a mission to get us to try London's delights, bringing us honeys from the breadth of this city and beyond. I chose a sticky wedge of honeycomb from Wapping. Ask nicely and they might direct you to their stash of bee pollen.
It was a decent chunk of comb, hand cut and prettily boxed, but unfortunately so delicious that we were unable to stop ourselves gobbling up the whole thing in one sitting, one sliver at a time, with a loaf of sourdough. Heaven.
If you're passing their way on the last Saturday of the month, I highly recommend that you pop in for a visit. They're extremely friendly and patient - and didn't seem to mind explaining to me where honey came from...