The world comes together in colourful Ridley Road Market, on Dalston’s Kingsland Road in East London.
There’s a great stop to be made at tiny ‘Ararat Bakery’, where the freshly baked nans are lifted straight from the rotating oven into your bag. Hot and delicious. ‘Famous’ Ararat Bakery has even featured in the Guardian newspaper – and on Google maps too.
On a broader front, the bakery’s name brings to mind world-renowned Mount Ararat, the resting place of biblical Noah’s Arc. This towering mountain lies on Turkey’s eastern border, land that until the 1932 Treaty of Kars was under the control of neighbouring Armenia, albeit at the time part of USSR. Even today it’s a sensitive issue.
Who’d have thought that a freshly baked nan would bring such issues to mind !
Mount Ararat, viewed from Turkey