Beyond Bread

By Le Cool
267 Upper St, London N1 2UQ
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Monday to Friday: 8:00AM – 5PM Saturday: 9:00AM - 5PM Sunday: 9AM – 5PM

Leave all your clean-eating quibbles at the door – Beyond Bread is doing seriously magical gluten-free grub without a hint of pretension. Nestled half-way up the foodie paradise that is Islington’s Upper Street, this airy gun-metal grey space is the ideal brunch spot complete with an outdoor sun trap for daytime basking. Whether you’re a coeliac, gluten-averse or just after some excellent pastry, Beyond Bread is sure to please. The patisserie selection is particularly impressive and they’re small enough to try a few, like the flaky yet moist almond croissant that comes infinitely layered (not an easy task sans gluten). Brunch dishes are well-executed classics with a twist: like smoked salmon and poached eggs with cute turmeric pickled onions or charred goats cheese with eggs and crushed walnuts. But don’t leave Beyond Bread without trying the sticky (but not overly sweet) cinnamon bun – topped with the essential pearl sugar, it’s a serious contender for those at Nordic Bakery. Beyond bread? Beyond good more like it.

Megan Carnegie-Brown