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olives & good bread in London, help!

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Can anyone steer me to good peasanty bread in central london? How about a shop with a decent olive selection? thanks.

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  1. There's a Poilane bakery on Elizabeth St. near Sloan Square. Super bread!

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    1. re: Mnosyne

      also available in Harrod's and I believe in Selfridge's

    2. I used to go to the open air market on Berwick Street in Soho:


      There was a bread stall that supposedly supplied many restaurants in London. I remember the peasant-like bread was amazing--I would eat the entire thing in one sitting because it was so good! I would be curious to know if it's still there or not. Good luck!

      1. the nicest olive selection i've had in a while is at the lebanese super market green valley, upper berkeley street. their ice creams are great too, as are their sweets.

        but the best thing is the freshly made lebanese pizza. especially the meat (lamb) pizza.

        1. Try Borough Market. They have lots of breads and I think I remember olives. A lot of the stalls are run by bakeries, so it would be a good way to try several places at once.

          Make sure you try everything else at Borough while you're there, too!

          1. Thanks everyone, I'm going to try out the markets. I do know that the big shops have good food halls, but I am trying to find some new places!! Thanks.

            1. I'll second Borough Market. As a native of London now living in San Francisco every time I venture back to the motherland I make a bee-line to Borough Market. For Bread, there are three fantastic bakeries, the first is DeGustibus which specialises in artisan breads and most of them use a natural starter rather than yeast, they do a rustic olive bread that uses kalamata and black olives with rosemary to great effect. There is also Flour Power Bakery and Konditor and Cook, both come highly recommended. Take a Saturday morning, wander around and you'll find PLENTY to keep your average chowhounder more than satisfied. There is an olive stall in the back market that never disappoints. Also for interesting ingredients check out the stall that sells Argan Oil, it is delicious drizzled over olive bread!

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              1. re: tony2x

                De Gustibus do indeed make really good bread - conveniently, as well as Borough, they also have a shop in Blandford St (between Baker St and Marylebone High St) which might be more convenient. While you're in that neck of the woods, La Fromagerie in Moxon St will help you out on olives (and wonderful cheese of course). Maison Blanc still make some of the best French-style bread (outside Poilane) - they have shops in Fulham and Holland Park.

              2. If you're in Soho, as suggested above, Berwick St. market is a possibility and there are also two Italian delis nearby that have a decent selection of olives (among other items of course) and also sell some decent bread (though not baked on premises)

                One is Lina Stores on Brewer Street and the other is Camisa on Old Compton Street. There's also a fancy bakery (the name escapes me) with good (but not cheap bread) a few doors down from Camisa.

                My favorite shop though is Gazzano & Sons on Farringdon Rd in Clerkenwell for olives, meats, and more and its very convenient to the new Exmouth Farmer's market on Fridays and Saturdays.