My wife Irina and I thought of ‘Knot’ on an 18 hour train ride across Central Europe in the summer of 2010. We had the time to stop and reflect on life, and we decided that we wanted to see our friends and family more and create something meaningful.
Starting a business became our obsession.
My day job at the time involved a lot of travelling. I would often eat on the go, and consequently ate many pretzels. We thought that London deserved its own unique ‘soft’ version. We wanted our pretzels to be indulgent, yet natural, the best there could be. My wife and I spent a year fine-tuning the recipe on our kitchen table.
We have a passion for coffee and thought it made sense to pair some exceptional coffee beans to our baking to create a perfect offering. We hoped others might agree.
We opened a stall on Market Place in Kingston upon Thames in 2011. On our first day we sold a few. The next day we sold more. We thought we might be onto something. We put together a business plan and went to see the bank opposite to borrow some money. They gave us some, alas not enough, but together with some from friends and family we had what we needed to open our first ‘grown up’ kiosk in Clapham Junction in 2012.
And so the story continues…
Our delicious soft pretzels are handmade in South London using 100 % natural ingredients. We follow an age old artisan bread making method that allows the key ingredients of butter, honey and organic Shipton Mill flour to create the unique texture and flavour we love. It takes 22 hours to make every pretzel. We don’t rush this – this is the time you never see, but we hope you can taste it. We take our time, not yours (naturally).
Our delicious coffee is directly traded and hand roasted in small batches in East London. We spend time (lots of it) improving our methods so you can enjoy a crafted latte, flat white, espresso or single origin filter. We think you’ll notice the difference.
London Victoria Station, SW1 V1JT
Tel: 0203 583 3313
Kew Road, Richmond, TW9 2NA
Tel: 0203 4894 800
South Lambeth Road, London, SW8 1SS
Tel: 0208 616 3373
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