Archipelago Bakery is an organic and artisan producer of some really fine breads. They sell bread and cakes into shops and cafes around town and I have already reviewed the good gluten free loaf – it is highly recommended.
This week I dropped by for a quick lunch. There are a few tables outside and a few more inside and the overall atmosphere is very low key and relaxed. With counter service and a kitchen bustling away in the background, it feels very much as though you are eating at the coal face, but the food is good, so the surroundings are secondary to the dining.
We chose a bowl of salad: there were several choices and most of them were gluten free, which was terrific. I chose a spring salad of broad beans, peas and lettuce, plus a very good beetroot and goats cheese one.
While ordering my lunch I spied a lone gluten free loaf on the counter which I planned to buy before leaving. Unfortunately it was snapped up very quickly by another customer, so I missed out – clearly these are popular. However, I have my order in for the weekend!
Following the salads we tried a piece of orange and almond gluten free cake, which was excellent, and a small cafetiere of coffee. I did spot that the gluten free cake is right beside the non GF, but I might hope they are careful with contamination ….
This was a good quality lunch and cost only £12.50 for two of us, so was remarkable value. Despite the bustly-ness, the service was excellent. Highly recommended.
Since I wrote this review in 2015, I should point out that Archipelago Bakery now has a sign on its door saying the gluten free items might not be suitable for coeliacs as they are produced in a kitchen where wheat flour is also used. I have eaten quite a few of the loaves of gluten free bread with no contamination and a few lunches and pieces of cake have also been fine. It would be worth mentioning to them if you are coeliac or highly sensitive – and don’t necessarily take my word for it.