Last weekend was my first trip away since diagnosis, and although feeling slightly apprehensive, I had read about lots of gluten free places on various blogs, so I wanted to test one or two out while I was there.
Beyond Bread, Fitzrovia is a 100% gluten free bakery that doesn’t compromise on taste! Nestled in a quiet side street not far from Goodge Street underground station, I visited on Sunday morning and there was a steady stream of customers for the whole hour that we were there. They offer an eat in and take away service on cakes/toasties/quiches, as well as selling a range of freshly baked loaves of bread, 10 Acre crisps and popcorn, jam, and their own branded clothing! Their brunch menu runs every morning in Fitzrovia, but the manager mentioned that in their new store in Islington, the menu will hopefully run for extended hours.
There was a mishap at the hotel with my gluten free breakfast, so I made the most of having some fresh sourdough toast with butter and strawberry jam. The jam they use is from The London Jam Man and you can buy some pots of it to take home while you’re there! The bread was surprisingly soft and light; not like much of the supermarket gluten free bread which is normally quite dense. I stuck with the white sourdough loaf, but they also had some brioche, brown seeded bread, and baguettes available.
My brother decided to go for an elevenses danish, and had the raspberry and custard pastry along with a freshly brewed chai latte. Of coure, I was guilty of stealing some of the Danish to taste test, and I can reassure you that it was very tasty! Light and flaky pastry, fresh raspberries, and custard. Perfect.
Other yummy cakes on offer included red velvet cake , blueberry and raspberry muffins, chocolate muffins, pain au raisins, banana bread, cinnamon buns and walnut brownies. We left with a selection to try on our train journey home!
Coori at Selfridges
Coori currently have a six week pop up shop at Selfridges and are running a range of cookery demonstrations and taster samples of their products. Although there wasn’t a cookery demonstration when I visited, the staff were very friendly and talked us through various tips for home cooking. For up to date times on their cookery sessions, check out their twitter page (@coori_freefrom) – demonstrations include camembert bread, potato gnocci, scones, apple & cinnamon puffs, fresh pasta and much more!!
If you’re not in the Selfridges area, Coori also have a deli at Broadway Market, Tooting which I’ve heard lots of great things about from fellow coealics.
Only a whistle-stop tour of London this time, but its a regular trip so I’m already planning for the next one! High on the agenda is Niche Restaurant, and Artisan Bakery!
If you’ve got any other London recommendations, I’d love to hear from you!