Pophams was born out of an idea to bring an innovative spin on traditional viennoiserie baking techniques. Founder Ollie Gold spent 7 years working in catering departments in various Formula 1 teams, travelling around the world and learning about different cooking cultures in every place he visited.
In April 2017, an opportunity arose to take on a derelict chemist in Islington and turn his dream of opening a bakery into a reality. With the help of his partner Lucy McWhirter, a number of close friends and family, and a lot of hours watching YouTube DIY videos on everything from plumbing to tiling, the doors opened in October 2017.
With the opening of their second bakery in Hackney, Pophams became a restaurant by night, serving handmade, seasonal pasta dishes and small plates.