Gluten free in general is much more readily available now than it was when I was first diagnosed with coeliac disease 5 years ago – oh my god, 5 years ago, how does time fly so fast and please can it slow the f**k down – but even with everybody and their Mum, Aunty, Dog etc. having an idea of what gluten is, there’s not many places that are totally gluten free. And there’s even less places that are totally gluten free, stock all the kinds of bread in the world and tastes so bloomin good that it could rival the non-gluten counterpart.
One of those very rare places that really does do all of those things – and more – is Beyond Bread bakery. I discovered this randomly online when searching for
please god find me somewhere that I can eat gluten free breads/doughnuts/cakes/all things good in life gluten free cafes in London and I just couldn’t believe how little reviews and hype there were around it. So I’ve made it my personal mission to shout it from the rooftops and try to inform every coeliac I know (and don’t know) about this incredible cafe. And to try every single toastie, sandwich, baguette, cake, danish, muffin etc. that they make.
All for the sake of blogging, of course…. [insert greedy pig emoji here]
Beyond Bread is based on Charlotte Place, a beautiful – but very tiny – place off of Goodge Street/Charlotte Street, so it’s very easy to walk past and miss, which I actually love because it meant that it was actually pretty quiet when I went, meaning I couldn’t annoy too many people when snapping away at my food, the interiors and basically anything in sight. With a Black/monochrome theme, it’s one of those subtle cafe’s that just look chic and comfortable but without being overbearing. The perfect place to sit and chill with a friend, or work if you’re a blogger (like me)/or freelancer and need some quiet time but with a lovely atmosphere too. Enough about the interiors, it’s time for the really bloody amazing bit, the food…
As I mentioned above, Beyond Bread is a completely gluten free bakery serving Breakfast, Brunch and a Day menu and there really is something for everyone. As a coeliac, I generally only get a handful of options, so to be confronted with a an array of at least 10 sandwiches/lunch options followed by all the cakes in the world… it’s safe to say that it took me at least 10 minutes to decide what I wanted. After a long, agonising decision process – I mean, I can only imagine this is what it would be like to decide your favourite child? – I finally went for the Sicilian Vendetta baguette, toasted, with a Chocolate and custard danish on the side. Finishing off my meal with a soya matcha latte
because I’m a pretentious twat and waited patiently (read: not patiently at all, how could I with the promise of gluten free bread that actually tastes like bread?) for my food and latte.
It’s a common blogger joke that your food is cold by the time you eat it because you spend so long photographing it and I think that this was the first time that I kiiiinda hated myself for being such a photography perfectionist because all I wanted to do was dive in! The first thing that I
face planted went for was the Sicilian Vendetta I was immediately blown away by how soft and chewy the baguette was, not an ounce of sawdust dryness in sight. As it was toasted, it had such a gorgeous contrast of crunchiness on the outside and unbelievably soft on the inside and… I should probably stop fangirling over the bread now. In short, it was absolutely delicious and the best bread that I’ve had since being diagnosed, which is no mean feat (because girlfriend tries all the bread).
Inside, the Sicilian Vendetta was packed full of roasted peppers, free range chicken and nut free/dairy free pesto and it was absolutely stunning. Full of flavour, the chicken was extremely soft and the pesto so flavoursome without being too strong. I genuinely savoured every single bite and will struggle to order another option next tme I return, although… I was massively eyeing up the For Goat’s Sake baguette and Cheese and Mushroom toastie [insert heart eye’d emoji here *and wipes away drool*]
Because a pretty generous sized baguette was not enough, I then dove into the Chocolate and Custard Danish. Not necessarily an obvious choice for me as I adore Carrot cake, Lemon drizzle, Victoria Sponge, Cheesecake (basically everything then…) but I was won over by the pretty danish twizzle – technical terms, obvs. From first bite, I had completely fallen in love. Prior to demolishing this, I have no recollection of what good pastry actually tastes like and as soon as the icing sugar and buttery, flaky pastry hit my tastes buds, I was pretty much proposing to the owner (theoretically speaking because luckily they wasn’t there). The pastry was to die for, the chocolate chips were to die for and the custard? You guessed it, to die for! I absolutely loved every single bite and am so pleased with my dessert choice – [insert hand clapping emoji here] – and have now entered this into my biggest accomplishments list.
I wish I was lying but I’m not. It’s up there with my decision to re-run the Harry Potter films monthly #IWinInLife
Whilst – probably very ungracefully – demolishing said baguette and danish, I washed it all down with a gorgeous soya matcha latte which are amazing because not only do they taste delicious, but they also make you feel slightly saintly (slightly because I would be totally delusional to feel saintly after all the carbs/fat consumed prior to my matcha consumption). Either way, I’d highly recommend the Matcha tea.
And that was all I got from Beyond Bread Bakery – “all” I got, LOL – I have to say, not only was the whole experience just beyond delicious, but it was also extra enjoyable because most people in the bakery either ate gluten free or were coeliacs too. So it was really interesting to people watch and hear people talking about their gluten free experiences (i.e be a complete nosey parker, but what can I say, #sorrynotsorry).
Overall, I really couldn’t recommend Beyond Bread bakery enough. For the coeliacs of the world, this is your heaven and a must visit, and for the “normal” eaters, you will still find something totally delicious and enjoy a really cute, comfy cafe, and the perfect little haven away from the busy London streets. Personally, I’m just super ridiculously happy that I’ve found somewhere to run to whenever I have a baguette/cake/gluteny cravings and will no doubt be visiting very soon.
Everything looks delicious!! Such a cute place
Candice | Beauty Candy Loves
Thanks Candice, so cute isn't it!
I just posted on one of my local cafe's that does amazing gluten free food too. Great review and photos, looks like a brilliant place for brunch <3
Thank you lovely, I'll have to check that out!
This is awesome! So nice to get loads of options from the gluten free perspective, I bet even the gluten eaters would love it too. I've not had a matcha latte but I think I'd love it! I need to find one now!
That's exactly what I thought Jasmine, so much option for everyone. Ooh I love a good matcha, so delicious!
Everything in this post literally made me drool, now I must eat, eat it all!
I also loved the aprons with Gluten Free is the New Black 🙂
Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog
Wasn't they cute? So obsessed! Haha I felt like that watching it back too!
What an amazing find! You must have been in gluten-free heaven!
Lots of love,
I so was lovely!
Beyond Bread sounds amazing, the food all looks so yummy!
Everything was amazing hun, so obsessed!
This all looks SO divine – you must be in food heaven! To be honest, I'd just move in there. And when I saw 'Pig Out' on the board…I was sold. I have such a weakness for pulled pork, even though I'm trying to eat as little meat as possible!
Meg | A Little Twist Of…
Haha girl I am so tempted to just move in. Totally heaven!
this place could be heaven for people like me. those breads, and sweet delights looks irresistible.
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Totally with you!
Oh wow, it looks and sounds amazing! xx
It really is hun, so in love with it!
I just decided where I'm going for lunch!
Jenn | Jennifer Jayne
This is absolutely amazing! I can't even imagine how hard it is to find places or things to eat so when a whole place is gluten free with delicious bread that is amazing, it looks so lush I would love to go myself! xxx
I'd honestly recommend it to anyone hun, gluten free or not. So delicious and so much option!
I'm so happy you found a gluten free heaven! Oh man, those breads look sooooo good I am a bread fiend
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Thank you my lovely, bread is literally my BFF, this place makes me happier than life!
I hadn't heard of this place but I'll remember it as I have a few friends who are gluten free. I'd definitely have to try the brownie!
Ahh I'd definitely recommend it to them hun, so so lovely!
Amazing post dear!
This looks nice: tasty and gluten free!!!
This looks like heaven! So awesome everything is gluten free too!
It really is heaven hun, I loved it!
How can gluten-free food look so good?! Oh gosh! I wish we had places here with more gluten-free options. I've thought of going with the lifestyle for a while now but it's just terribly hard here, with almost little to no options for the people abiding the lifestyle.
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Tell me about it, I'm so happy I found it. To be honest, if you don't need to go gluten free I wouldn't recommend the lifestyle. But if it does make you feel better I really hope more options open up near you soon!
mmm, everything looks amazing! my sister was recently diagnosed a celiac, so i'm sure she'd LOVE this spot!
Ahh I'm so pleased hun, definitely recommend it to her!
Wow the food looks delicious, with the bonus of being gluten free! It's rare to see large bakeries with a storefront that's totally GF, must be so nice to be able to stroll on in. Thanks for sharing 😉
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It really is so lovely, I'm so chuffed 🙂
Some of that food sounds amazing.
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So, so amazing!
This place looks amazing! A lot of the time gluten free tastes better than regular food if done right! I'll definitely be telling my parents about this so they can take my brother there!
Oh girl I don't know if I agree with that haha, I generally miss gluteny food sooo much but it's good that you think so. Definitely tell your parents, would be so nice for your brother!
Everything looks great nice photos.
I am so happy that you found a great gluten free bakery, hun. I can imagine how hard it would be! All these bakery stuff looks mouth watering, and I didn't think gluten free would be that appealing *food porn* xx
Thanks so much lovely, it really is gorgeous!
Good to hear that your visit in this Bakery was beyond delicious, dear, everything looks great and it sounds like perfect gluten-free place! 🙂
Thank you lovely!
OMG this all looks so damn delish. Is it bad that I've already decided what I'd have? (Helloooooo halloumi!) xxx
Haha no, you are a girl after my own heart!
Damn that sandwich looks so good I want to have another meal (and at almost 10pm that definitely isn't a good thing)! I love finding undiscovered little places to eat!
Kirstie | Behind The Scent
Haha go for it, I'm all for late night eating!
So cool you found this! Everything looks heavenly! I would devour that pastry so fast. Your photos are gorgeous, I could tell you love this place
Thanks so much hun, i really did adore, so gorgeous!
yummy that place looks so good
Doesn't it look amazing Laura!
How great that you can eat from their menu! The food looks delicious too!
Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog
Thank you hun, exactly how I feel!
Ahh this sounds amazing! I'm not gluten free but I loved the gluten free cafe we had around my area!
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I'm seeing a lot of gluten free food recently. I'm still not sure if there is any kind of bakery in Berlin. It would be amazing for everyone who truely needs it …
I think it's great that GF options are more easily available now and so nice to see that this bakery can provide such tasty options for you without having to miss the real deal. You baguette looks divine 🙂 x
Beauty with charm
Ahhh, look at all the delicious goodies! You're incredible for managing so well for 5 years now, girlie. When I used to teach back in Ukraine, I had a student who was diagnosed with a Coeliac disease. The problem was (and still is) that there were literally zero shops that sold anything gluten-free in town. His parents had to travel for 500+ miles to a neighboring country to buy him gluten-free food. It is amazing that in the UK there are gluten-free bakeries! <3
I'm happy that you find a great Gluten Free Bakery that suits you well.
It's pretty cool to sit and relax on this cafe
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Wow. It looks like such a fun, unique place! All the details are so lovely! And the food looks delicious!
I need this bakery in my life, I guess that is the advantage of living in London, pretty much everything is there.
I don't have coeliac disease but I have an intolerance to wheat and Gluten so I can eat it but it can makes this very uncomfortable, so I tend to avoid pasta and bread made from wheat and by the free from products!
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Loved this article!
All of the food looks amazing! And there are so many choices! I'll have to give it a try next time I'm in London in that area! 🙂 xx
Oh I LOOOVE that place! And I'm not even coeliac, I just feel a bit sluggish if I have a lot of gluten. But it's right next to my hairdresser (Saco hair) and always have the most divine pastries to satisfy my sweet tooth. Totally agree that it's not nearly as famous as it should be, cos really that place is everything!
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