London is home to a large Lebanese population and huge number of Lebanese restaurants, a great many of which are in and around west London. Which means when we’re craving mana’eesh or something wrapped in pastry, that’s exactly where we go. From a little bakery off the A40, to a restaurant that transports you to Lebanon, here are our top Lebanese bakeries in west London.
This is our favourite place to get mana’eesh in the whole of London. Not just because the playlist consists exclusively of Lebanese classics, but because one of the best ways to spend a lazy, hungry, morning is at this lowkey Acton spot. Minced meat and cheese, on Lebanese flatbread baked in a clay oven is our favourite order. A close second is the spinach and cheese which is equal parts tangy, savoury, and addictive. And because it’s a restaurant as well as a bakery - and they know that excellent mana’eesh are meant to be eaten all day - you can get them until they close at 10pm.
Maroush Bakehouse Earls Court
A classic with spots across central and west London, Maroush Bakehouse makes all the Lebanese classics. And it makes them pretty well. Pricier than the other spots on this list, a portion of lahm b’agine is £6.50, but it’s a good spot to sate your pastry craving when you’re in the area. Think arayes (crispy flatbread stuffed with minced lamb and Lebanese spices), sambousek cheese (deep fried pastries filled with feta cheese and thyme), and mana’eesh zaatar.
This spacious restaurant overlooking a canal in Park Royal is most popular for its shisha and live music. But you’d be missing a trick if you didn’t give their baked goods a try. Until 2.45pm everyday they serve Lebanese breakfast, which means as well as foul moudames and labneh, you can get their delicious mana’eesh. From zaatar to lahmeh w jebneh (minced lamb and cheese), and sojouk, the flatbreads here are excellent. They paused their brunch service during Ramadan, so call ahead and check they’re on to avoid disappointment.
If you’re in Shepherd’s Bush and craving the comfort of carby, mana’eesh goodness, this spot should be on your radar. This little bakery on Uxbridge Road has been specialising in mana’eesh for over a decade, and it shows. They’ve got all the classics like zaatar and labneh, and halloumi, as well as some Z&Z specialties like basterma with cheese, and cheese and honey. What’s more, most of them come within the £3 to £5 range. You can’t go wrong with a classic lahm beajin or spinach, and we like to ask for some cheese on them, because... well... melted cheese.
A stalwart within the Arab community in West London, this bakery in Acton has been around for over two decades and has been serving everything from sambousek meat (small pastries filled with meat), to lahem beajin (folded minced lamb flatbreads). Go for a selection of mana’eesh and mini pastries. It’s important to note that each man’oushe is £2, so stocking up on some to eat later should be a no-brainer.