An underwhelming British bakery
“The story of Euphorium Bakery began in 1999 when a simple bakery opened on Upper Street, Islington. Of course, at the time, we didn’t know that we were starting a baking revolution…”
Euphorium makes as much as possible fresh from scratch every day and serve a great range of cakes and pastries as well as baked savouries and artisan hand-made breads. Their mission is to carry on the best of British baking and they use almost entirely seasonal, locally British-sourced ingredients, and authentic and organic produce.
We popped in for a coffee and snack over a quick catch up with Antonia’s sister. I ordered a Flat White (£2.60) as per usual, Antonia had a Latte (£2.60) and Louisa had a Tea Pigs Earl Grey Tea (£1.90). The coffee menu is bizarrely split in to two sections, one named ‘our coffee’ which has espresso, macchiato and an americano and the other named ‘specials’, which contains a bunch of drinks I’d hardly call special, like latte, cappuccino, mocha and flat white. The only reason seems to be so that they charge more for the ‘special’ selection.
There’s a large counter as you enter and make your order, filled with a range of sweet and savoury baked goods. Pastries, tarts, cakes, cookies, muffins, quiches, bagels and so on, all of which look delicious. We shared a Vegetable Pizza Slice (£3.60), which we had warmed up. It was filled with mushrooms, broccoli, onion and spinach which went nice and crispy once the slice had been heated.
The interior at the front of this branch is uninspired but as you go past the counter there’s a long comunal table, which gets lovely light from the skylights above. It’s a nice place to kill some time and there’s free WiFi.
I’ve been here a few times now and each time I’ve found the coffee and food to be reasonable, but the staff always seem a little unfriendly and if there’s a queue behind you, you feel rushed in to making your decisions. I also find the prices to be on the high side. They also need to invest in some new cutlery, as you can see in the image above the set we were given was hardly what I’d call clean.
The ethos is right, so I have to give them credit for that and I know a lot of locals love this place so either I’m ordering the wrong things, missing something or they’re just not doing it that well.