Restaurants, Contemporary European Finsbury
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 4 out of 5 stars
(8user reviews)
3 Love It
Save it

What’s the niche? Breads, pies, quiches and cakes all made in-house. This light, bright corner café-cum-bakery on Rosebery Avenue makes a useful stop off for a quick lunch or coffee. Situated just up the road from Sadler’s Wells there’s also a simple, but well-priced pre-theatre menu at £12.50 for two courses and £15.50 for three.

On a lunchtime visit our chicken and leek pie, encased in a soft-ish salt crust pastry proved filling, but just a little dry, while haddock fish cakes with a molten cheese-sauce centre were on the salty side. A doughnut was just as it should be though – tart raspberry jam filling, fluffy dough and a decent sprinkling of sugar.

More Less
Niche says
Niche is an independent casual-dining restaurant serving British comfort food with a modern twist. Based in Angel, our 'niche' is a 100% gluten-free menu where everything is prepared and cooked on site, making use of local suppliers and seasonal ingredients. Next door to Sadler's Wells Theatre.
More Less


Venue name: Niche
Address: 197-199 Rosebery Avenue
Opening hours: 7.30am-5.30pm Mon; 7.30am-9.30pm Tues-Fri; 9am-10pm Sat; 10am-5.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Angel
Price: Around £40 for two with drinks
Do you own this business?

Average User Rating

3.6 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:4
  • 4 star:1
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:2
  • 1 star:1
2 people listening
1 of 1 found helpful

I've considered going gluten free a few times, because i've heard it's good for you and bla bla bla stops bloating etc... but I never want to be *that* person who has to scan a menu before booking a restaurant to check I can be catered for. Picky eaters are the bane of my life. So when a restuarant does nothing BUT cater for certain dietry requirements, it makes life so much easier. niche does that - everything served in it is gluten free. And you wouldn't know. I specifically chose to eat things that usually would include gluten. The pie with mashed potato - honestly you wouldn't know that the pastry was gluten free. It was crisp, buttery and a gorgeous golden colour. The mashed potato - hands down the best mashed potato i've ever tried which is quite something. It was super creamy and smooth (I normally quite like a lumpy mash but this was beautiful) and was really sexy with the pot of gravy.

We also had the cheesy doughnuts which came with a gorgeous sweet red pepper salsa. These were also gluten free (is gluten normally in doughnuts?)

I ended my meal with a gorgeously creamy skinny latte (too full for a pud) but i'd love to go back and try ore of their adapted menu.

Katy K

The food was cold, this is because it wasn't cooked fresh but merely reheated upstairs, poorly. The burger didn't have relish despite being advertised as such, condiments were paltry. Serving size was small. One toilet which if you are sat next to means having people queuing by your table to use it. Never go here

Tara P

Niche is an inviting spot on a corner near Sadler's Wells. Having walked past it countless times and noticing its appealing facade, I finally made it in one lunchtime. The gluten free menu is extensive, but not cheap, and as it was a weekday I limited the cost by ordering off the breakfast menu. My eggs florentine was tasty, and the fact the bread was gluten free didn't affect the taste at all. However, the eggs were over cooked and tasted lukewarm - unacceptable given that I was the only patron in there. I was disappointed - perhaps they were just having an off day. If I'm in a good mood I may try again!

Nicky G

Glutards rejoice, because Niche has genuinely filled the niche for good, comforting, gastropub food that caters for gluten intolerances. Why you won't find here is a hyper health conscious menu (non sugar raw vegan etc) or a food trend menu, or the cardboardy glutenless produce of yeateryear. What you will find is all the classics you thought you would never find again: thick pastries beef pie with mashed potato, fried chicken, sausages with spicy ketchup and beefy beefy burgers with skinny fries. Basically, it's a real restaurant, where everything happens to be gluten free. And delicious.

Andrea T

I absolutely loved Niche. I live in Norway and since going there and eating the fried chicken, onion rings and trying my non-celiac husbands´ pie, I´ve been having dreams about the place. What I wouldn´t do to have another adorable mini fryer basket full of those perfectly seasoned devils. Also, while there wasn´t much onion to the onion rings - I swear it didn´t matter -they were like chewy, tasty donuts of love. I might mention that seeing as we don´t get Flat White coffees in norway yet, I bought them compulsively while in london; and the dude at Niche made the best one by far. They´re also impressively tech-ed up in there, electronic reservations confirmed at the door with their Star Trek terminal. Now I only wished I had tried the cheese doughnuts. So, seeing as I live soooo far away, hopefully the Niche guys can give me some recipe tips because I´m going crazy without them over here.

Ian Newman

Today I had my first experience of Niche. Having been recommended by a friend, I went along to Niche for lunch with my partner and a friend of ours. We were immediately struck by the modern and contemporary design of the restaurant and the light and airy feel. It was already quite busy and we were warmly welcomed and taken to our table. Looking through the menu, it was difficult to choose what to eat as the choices all sounded delicious. Carnivores and vegetarians are both well catered for. I settled for the leek and potato pie whilst my partner and our friend chose variations of the superbly named Niche Quiche. Service was prompt and friendly without being hurried or pushy. My pie was delicious and had a great homemade and hearty quality to it. The quiches also went down well with all three of us exchanging satisfying 'mmms' as we ate. The accompanying fries were presented superbly. Attention to detail and presentation has obviously been developed very well. Following this we partook of the daily cake selection. White chocolate and peanut blondie and honey and lavender cake. Both of these were extremely delicious and we could have each chosen more from the other cakes that were available. We all really enjoyed our first Niche experience and will definitely be back. Prices are very reasonable and service was excellent. My only gripe is that I live too far away, otherwise I,d be popping in for cake everyday!

Billy S

Popped along to Niche last Sunday and was very impressed with it. It's not a bakery in the traditional sense as the deco is modern and bright, and the staff take orders on an iPod or iPad. I had a handmade Scotch egg followed by a Niche Quiche and both were really tasty. Coffee was great as was the gooey sticky Chocolate Cake for afters! The great thing is the location - it's close enough to Angel Station yet a away from the hustle and bustle there. They've also started doing a brunch which I haven't had yet. Definitely worth a visit!

Marie B
0 of 1 found helpful

We went to dinner after reading all the good reviews. What a disappointment! Everything was bad from the food to the service.