Number 13 might be unlucky for some but that doesn’t apply to Lynn Bolton, the founder of Head in the Clouds, who is busier than ever with a new range of posh puddings as the winter approaches down at Whitstable Harbour.
Lynn has been trading from her fisherman’s hut (Number 13) in the harbour village since July 2009 and her award winning boutique meringue business has grown from strength to strength since then. Lynn now supplies some of the top retailers in the country including Selfridges.
If your childhood memory of a meringue is a rather brittle and dusty white container for tinned fruit, then think again. Lynn’s meringues are all hand made with free range egg whites from Monkshill Farm between Whitstable and Faversham using a secret family recipe.
No wonder they have been sampled by the Royal Household but Lynn is sworn to secrecy about the details.
The first thing to say about Lynn’s meringues is that they look sensational. They are beautifully presented with stylish packaging but the taste is even better. The meringues are sweet and crusty with a soft sticky interior which is just yummy.
There are some brilliant new ranges being lined up for Christmas including a fat vanilla snowman with a fondant icing scarf, peppermint flavoured Christmas trees and my personal favourite; the reindeer cup-cake meringue.
The fisherman’s hut in Whitstable Harbour Village gives Lynn a chance to meet local people and get customer feedback every week-end. She has also managed to win long term customers from the people she has met in the harbour.
“I am now supplying a wonderful cafe and bakery in Leighton Buzzard run by South African Chris and his French wife Leatitia who I met in the harbour” explains Lynn.
Head in the Clouds is open 10am-4pm every week-end at the Whitstable Harbour Village until Christmas and you can also see their new winter range at http://www.headintheclouds.uk.com/christmas.html