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Restaurants, Contemporary European Clerkenwell
3 out of 5 stars
(11user reviews)

Time Out says

With a menu ranging from a full English to steamed mussels in a coconut broth and beer-braised beef brisket, you'd be forgiven for puzzling over what exactly Niche's, well, niche is. The big, all-inclusive idea behind this north London restaurant is that coeliacs can eat absolutely anything on the menu because every dish is gluten-free. They even have dairy-free and vegan options to boot.

Situated a stone's throw from Sadler's Wells dance theatre and Exmouth Market, this light, airy and well-presented venue provides a pleasant spot for a bite to eat. They're open from brunch to dinner almost every day (last orders at 3.30pm on Sundays), and their walls double as a gallery for contemporary artwork by London photographer Matthew Burlem.

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.



Address: 197-199 Rosebery Avenue
Transport: Tube: Angel
Price: Around £40 for two with drinks
Opening hours: 7.30am-5.30pm Mon; 7.30am-9.30pm Tues-Fri; 9am-10pm Sat; 10am-5.30pm Sun
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3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.5 / 5

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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.


A completely gluten free restaurant, they offer a chance for ceoliacs to experience some of the foods they normally don't get to enjoy. I've been twice, once for dinner and once for brunch. The food is good but when we went for brunch the atmosphere was a little lacking. We arrived for brunch and got a table in what looked like a pretty empty restaurant, there were maybe two other tables occupied. People arrived after us and were told that the rest of the tables were booked, though no one arrived before we left. Perhaps we just missed the lunchtime rush, it is located down the road from sadlers wells, but it seemed a shame to be turning away custom when the restaurant was empty.


I ended up here as I wanted a bite to eat with my friend before going to see a show at Sadlers Wells. It was a bit of a hectic experience,if I am honest. The restaurant was busy but not full and I was greeted by a rather frantic waiter who bellowed at me that if I wanted my food before the show start time (45 mins away) that I could only order salad. I was fine with that but confused at how manic the man was. Does this not happen every time there is a show on? Why are they not prepared for that? Why did they accept my request for a table if they didn't want us to eat there? We shared the chicken caesar and the super food salad and both were ok. Standard restaurant salad mains. The chicken was battered and hot,which was really nice but by and large it was a lot leaves for around £13 a dish. The bread was stale and the butter hard,which was a real bug bear for me. We had no sign of the waiter,as we were sat outside,so I didn't say anything. The prosecco was nice though! I suspect this place is much better when it is not so busy and if you had time to have a proper meal there,the menu looked good. I unfortunately had a disappointing experience with them,which is a shame. 


I took my mum here as a surprise, due to the fact that Niche is the first entirely gluten-free restaurant in London! We were met by lovely and bright interiors and friendly service. The menu was great and really showcases how far gluten-free dishes have come. My mum was especially delighted to find a gluten-free pot pie on the menu – tasty GF pastry being one of the most difficult things to find. Sausages and mash were also really tasty, but I'd also go back to try the burgers in the hope that they've cooked up a Gluten Free answer to Brioche buns! 

Overall, a really nice experience at a truly niche restaurant. Even if you're not a coeliac (or following a gluten-free diet!) I'd still try it for an alternative experience, and you might be surprised. I'd go in the daytime to enjoy the airy surroundings and make the most of the wide brunch and lunch menu. 

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


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!


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.

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.

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!

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!

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

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