This bright, spacious art-themed parlour-café would be welcome in most neighbourhoods, but in the heart of Crouch End it feels like more of the same. The artisan-made ice-creams and sorbets are a draw, certainly, though on our visit the choice was dull and the mood of disappointment wasn’t helped by an exhausted counter assistant.
We made do with vanilla, chocolate, fiordilatte and strawberry, all of which were good, though it was the yoghurt flavour that really shone with its zingy, refreshing tang. The selection of wholesome Mediterranean-inspired salads, sandwiches and tarts spread across the counter is enticingly homey; combined with the relaxed decor and plenty of space around the tables, Riley is in a prime position to become a favourite with the Bugaboo brigade. Cakes, brownies, milkshakes and well-made coffee complete a generally pleasing picture.
32 The Broadway
|Opening hours:||9am-7pm Mon-Fri; 9.30am-7pm Sat; 10.30am-7pm Sun|
|Transport:||Crouch Hill/Hornsey rail|
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Average User Rating
4.3 / 5
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Great place. If they haven't got your favourite ice cream flavour, owner will make it up within the hour.
Ice cream parlour? It'll never work. Couldn't have been more wrong! Peruse local artists talent on the walls, slurp homemade soup , chow down on lovely salads, or rather good coffee. But the absolute genius of this place can only be the home made ice creams and sorbets. Simply divine. Chocolate sorbet? Perfect for diary allergic folk - like my 12 year old. Thank you Rileys. Keep doing what you're doing.
I walked past Riley's one day, and just knew that it was the next place I had to try! It boasts that it's one of the best ice cream places in London, and the queue for ice cream is just ridiculously long on a hot summer's day.... and rightly so.
I finally tried Riley's with one of my dates one day but because we were absolutely starving (and it's not good to start with dessert..although I know it's tempting sometimes) we decided to go with something savoury off the menu and had the ham, cheddar cheese and egg savoury crepe. It was good, but not amazing.
The ice cream however, was off the charts. We had shared an ice cream sundae (and got the lovely staff member to recommend flavours). We went for Biscotti, chocolate and turkish delight. Everything was amazing, the ice cream was the right level of sweetness, and was not sickening. In particular, I found the turkish delight incredibly unique and loved the combination of rosewater and cream. Finally, the biscotti was excellent mostly due to the textural contrasts that came from the addition of crunchy chocolate biscuits into the mixture.
If you are having a lazy Sunday/Saturday afternoon and are in the area I would 100% recommend that you visit the place!