This weekend I paid a flying visit to Islington to go to Stylist Live, a groovy lady event curated by Stylist Magazine. I used this as a handy excuse to make not one, but two visits to Romeo’s Bakery on Upper Street.
I last wrote about Romeo’s a whole year and a half ago. I’ve always liked their products, but have found the prices ridiculously high in the past (£6 for a loaf of bread – um, no). That, and the service can be a bit ramshackle. That said, I always try and pop in when I am in Islington, because hey, it’s a gluten free bakery! And it’s lovely for a treat. So I was walking along Upper Street when…
Wait! Wherefore art thou Romeo’s?* It turns out that Romeo’s Gluten Free Bakery has had something of a makeover.
Wha?! I was feeling nosy, and asked a member of staff what had happened. They said that the bakery has changed hands. It no longer comes under the ‘Romeo’s’ umbrella (Romeo’s Sugar Free Bakery is – I always thought rather confusingly – just down the street). Apparently the products and menu are not changing, just the branding and name. Romeo’s has been revamped as ‘Artisan Gluten Free Bakery’.
For what it’s worth, I think Artisan Gluten Free Bakery is looking good. They had gluten free savoury pastries, sausage rolls, an array of breads, some lovely-looking cakes, and some great gluten free brunch options on the menu. I can see the name being a bit problematic if (please god!) gluten free bakeries keep popping up around London, but it does justice to their products.
This was the gluten free danish pastry I snaffled on my first visit this Sunday. I was walking to the Business Design Centre on an almost-empty stomach and couldn’t resist. It was HUGE! I think I still prefer Beyond Bread’s strawberry and custard danish, but this was very nice indeed. It cost £3.50.
Later on, I met my friend Mel at the bakery for a catch up. We arrived quite late in the day when they had stopped serving hot food and had run out of a few things, but the below is a fantastically hefty sandwich they made for me. It was meant to be chicken, bacon and avocado – they had run out of bacon, so the below is chicken, avocado, tomatoes and salad.
The bread was lovely. Good taste, not ridiculously crumbly and refreshingly normal-sized. My sandwich cost about £4.50.
I was happy to see that the prices of these treats were reasonable-ish (Note: I didn’t catch the prices of the breads – hope they have come down too!) I wonder if the recent competition from Beyond Bread has anything to do with it? In any case, I very much enjoyed my visit(s) and think other gluten free folk may do too.
Apart from my forays into Artisan Gluten Free Bakery (not Romeo’s! I still keep thinking of it as Romeo’s), I had a fun day at Stylist Live with my friend Shumaiya.
We particularly enjoyed a bit of gluten free chocolate-tasting at the Green & Black’s stall.
There was a man hand-making TRUFFLES. Truffles! Obviously, we were repeat visitors.
Have you visited Artisan Gluten Free Bakery (Romeo’s!) yet? Let me know in the comments your favourite products that I should definitely try next visit! As always, I really appreciate if you like and share this post if you’ve enjoyed it or found it helpful.
*Yes, I was quite pleased with that.