I recently travelled to London with my husband for a quick getaway! Having never been to London, I was a bit concerned about being able to eat there. But luckily, the celiac (or coeliac, how they spell it over there) twitter community in London is honestly incredible. Gluten free Mrs. D (@glutenfreemrsD) & David (@davidJ_GF) helped me plan train tickets, pick out restaurants in London, and even suggest things to do. Mother of Skodas (who even helped me find food in Newcastle and the airport!; @cobnutlin), Gluten free Al (@glutenfree_AL), Gluten Free Suitcase (@theGFsuitcase), Blinded by the Bite! (@BlindedBite), Tracey Kisbee (@traceykisbee), Carly B Talbot (@carlybtalbot), A coeliac abroad (@gluten3travel), Glutenfree Adele (@glutenfreeadele), Shannon Myers (@ShannpannMyers) and Brianna Wolin (@breezygfreezy) all offered amazing suggestions too!!! THANK YOU EVERYONE!! I had TOO many places to choose from and I regret not staying in London longer…..
And now onto the first review…Beyond Bread!! Located in multiple locations throughout London, Beyond Bread is a DEDICATED 100% GLUTEN FREE BAKERY! And it is SO good! They have everything here–croissants, muffins, cookies, danishes, cinnamon rolls, quiches, breakfast sandwiches, lunch, bread, cake….you name it. They serve breakfast, brunch, and lunch! We actually went twice because we had such a great experience. Sadly, you will notice that I was so excited and so hungry that I didn’t take enough photos…but that’s a good sign, right?
We started off by ordering the Charred Goat Cheese brunch (white sourdough, poached eggs, smoked paprika, crushed walnuts, and roquette–I held the walnuts) and the Beyond Breakfast (white sourdough, poached eggs, bacon, baked beans, roasted portobello mushroom, tomato, pork sausage, and boudin noir). DELICIOUSNESS!!!! Oh my…I came back a second time just because I loved the Charred Goat Cheese meal SO much! Both of us were full and skipped lunch…We ate brunch here at 9am and didn’t eat dinner till close to 5PM. That’s how filling these meals were. My husband loved his Beyond Breakfast too (he loved my charred goat cheese meal even more though and ordered that the second time we visited).
The second time we visited, I had to try their quiche. After falling in love with their pastries, I wanted to enjoy the quiche offerings. I ordered the vegetarian quiche, which had mushrooms and spinach. It was very tasty and I was forced to share some with my husband. 🙂 The crust was perfection–wish I could have just eaten crust all day long.
Of course, we wouldn’t come to the bakery without buying baked goods! We picked up a chocolate muffin, croissant, cinnamon roll, chocolate custard filled danish, banana bread, and sourdough loaf. Perfect travel snacks!! I ate the chocolate custard filled danish on the way to the train station, the chocolate muffin on the train, and the sourdough load and cinnamon roll on my flights back to the states. Sadly, I was always starving when I ate those….so I forgot to take too many photos, but trust me when I say that these were some of the best baked goods I have ever had!
As a huge fan of the Great British Baking Show, I was so excited to try the croissant and it did not disappoint. Paul Hollywood would have approved of the flakiness and even layers of this pastry!
As for atmosphere, the bakery is small with limited seating. It does not have a bathroom either. But the place is quaint and clean and I adored my brunches there. They do run out of items as the day goes on because the bakery is very popular. We arrived around 10:30am one day and the only had one muffin left!
So, yes, I LOVED my visits to Beyond Bread and would recommend them to anyone with (or without!) celiac traveling to London. My non-celiac gluten-eating husband loved them too. It was wonderful to have such a filling and safe brunch to keep us full throughout our adventures in London.
Have you visited Beyond Bread? If so, what was your favorite menu item?
**Please note that this review solely reflects my own honest opinion. I was neither paid nor compensated for my visit here. Also, kitchen protocols and menus can change at any time. Make sure to speak to the staff at any restaurant before eating to make sure that they can accommodate your dietary restriction.**