Pensioners help celebrate the Chelsea bun

7th May 2019

Bunhouse PlaceWhen Chelsea Pensioner Ernie Boyden noticed a small street called Bunhouse Place, behind the Pimlico Road, he decided to investigate.

Ernie BoydenHe discovered that the Chelsea Bun House – which popularised this delicious confection – was on a site now occupied by Linley’s furniture shop on the Pimlico Road, where the ovens can still be found in the basement.

The Bun House opened in the early 18th century and closed in 1839. It was celebrated in literature and rhyme and patronised by royalty. In its heyday, the Bun House was enormously popular, selling tens of thousands of buns on the final Good Friday before it closed!

Marjorie helps judge bake-off winners

Although the Bun House is no more, the famous spiced and fruity Chelsea Bun is still popular.

On 4 May, local food shop Partridges celebrated 'World Chelsea Bun Day' by hosting a Chelsea Bun bake-off. There were five categories, from junior bakers, to have-a-go grown-ups and judges included Michelin starred chef Phil Howard and our very own Marjorie Cole.

After much deliberation, the winners were announced (see below). Prizes included tickets to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and a children’s crepe and waffle-making class.

Chelsea Bun Bake-Off Winners

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