Turn a corner in Bermondsey from the Maltby Street Food Market and follow the smell of crisp pastry baking away. Hidden away in the old railway arches, find the Secret Goldmine, a sweet blend of coffee shop and pie cart.
We caught up with New Zealand born Mike Meehan who moved to London in 2000. Upon the realisation that Kiwi’s were under catered for in the world of pies, he turned his nostalgia into a home away from home and created The Pie Cart. Today, The Pie Cart is the Secret Goldmine’s in-house bakery, which brings pies to Londoners from the arch in Bermondsey.
Believe it or not, there’s not a lot of coffee shop action here. We wanted to bring something new to the area – a secret hang out for locals and well, everyone. It’s a nice spot for people to discover, sit back and enjoy a coffee and a bite to eat.
It actually started with The Pie Cart – a pie wholesaler and market trader. We did this for about eight years before we were ready to get our own space. The arch seemed like the perfect space for a bakery (at the back) and a coffee shop for people to enjoy (at the front). A home for everything we do.
A good friend of mine worked on the design. It carries an Antipodean emphasis with the vintage hurricane lamps and wooden beams. We wanted to blend coffee-shop-calm with the bustle of a bakery. The design really complements what we’re all about – down time with good coffee, food and pies.
Oh, Bacon and Egg, every day. The go-to amongst our customers is Steak and Cheese.
25 years ago I played a gig with Debbie Harry from Blondie.
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