Fantastic bakery and coffee shop with prompt service and friendly employees. The array of baked goods is vast and absolutely beautiful just to look at and they taste even better. My favorite is the Danish apple tart - sweet and flaky dough centered with deliciously baked apples. This tart plus a cappuccino makes for the perfect on-the-run breakfast. I wish I could stop in here every day!
I live in the area and go to this cafe fairly often because of the delicious breads and treats. They are indisputable perfection. What I take issue with is the atmosphere and service.
Considering that the area is rich in mummies with buggies it is inexplicable to me why they keep one half of their double doors locked. Not closed. Locked. And even when I have been struggling with the buggy and trying to open the door the staff flat out refuse to help. The times I've been successful visiting are when I'm wearing my baby in a sling and it's less of an issue.
There is also no changing table. I was in a while ago and asked when I came in, before I got settled, if there was a change table in the loo and the staff told me yes. Lo and behold there is only a 6 inch deep shelf and by that point I was halfway through my lunch and had to change the baby on the floor.
I'm not asking to turn a cafe into a playgroup - no locking the door and installing a table are two extremely simple things that they could do to make this more welcoming. In the meantime, I bother to go here less and less because the bread may be nice but it's not that nice.
Notting Hill Gate is quite a coveted postcode in London with some lovely properties. Paul Rhodes bakery lives up to the aspirations of the local residents
To be honest, it's not located in the more salubrious part of the main road but the quality of the products on display in the window firstly attract your attention and then draw you into the shop
They have an impressive array of bread, all baked slowly with traditional ingredients and the staff will tell you about their breads with pride
However, it's their naughty treat selection which is overly enticing. I was drawn to their lemon meringue pie, which had the right mix of tart and sweet in the filling and crunch and goo from the meringue to make the calories worthwile. The staff were also very proud of their brownie
There are a lot of high end bakery chains in London and I wish Paul Rhodes well in providing them with some stiff competition
Located in Notting Hill Gate, just a few blocks from where my sister resides, sits a quaint little coffee shop and bakery. Their bread, pastries, and other baked savoury and sweet food items are displayed impressively alongside the window of the shop, and under the glass counter, where one would pay.
Perhaps the friendliest and humble staff to operate and wait at a coffee shop in London. Just a few shops westward is a Starbucks. As this place serves coffee and tea, as well, I really hope this place is able to maintain the commercial stamina to at least stay competitive with the huge chain.
Four visits to this place, two skinny lattes, a pretzel, and loaf of bread are enough to warrant my repeat return when I come back to visit next year.
As an avid coffee drinker and lover of cupcakes, I finally checked out Paul Rhodes a few weeks ago. I was headed to a meeting where I knew sweets would go over well. The cupcakes I bought were decorated to match the upcoming Easter holiday. Special attention was given to make sure the cupcakes would arrive in one piece. The cappuccino that I ordered was divine. One of the best I have had in awhile.
Overall, my first time in the place. It's nice and quaint. But, I could see how it could fill up quickly especially with the availability of outlets to do work. Will keep going back!
I always pass by this place on the bus and decided to finally try it out. Came here to buy some treats for a dinner party so I pretty much picked a couple of everything that looked good to me.
The pecan tarts and the brownies were the best in my opinion. The pecan tart had just the right amount of filling with a delicious crust. There is nothing worse than when you have a thick jelly mess in your pecan pie. The brownies were thick, fudgy and chocolicious.
Service here was great. They packaged everything separately for me as I had quite a few items and I did not want them mashing together on the way home.
Lemon meringue tarts
Cranberry vanilla cupcakes
What can I say about Paul Rhodes Bakery?
I thank Heaven that I found it!!
Just down the street from me in Notting Hill, and right around the corner, this little slice of Heaven appeared to me!
How can you not see it (or smell it) as you walk by? With all of its yummy breads just hanging out in displays by the window......the smell of bread and pastries cooking.....ahhhhhhhh.......Pure Heaven! I swear I can hear them beckoning me to come in and eat them....LOL!
Pastries, breads, cakes, pies, coffee, tea......how could you not want to stay and have a bit or take away so that you can indulge in pure luxury in the comfort of your own home?
The customer service is fantastic as well! Some of the nicest people work here and are so helpful! Smiles all around!
You have to try their cheesecake and their tarts! The bread is so fresh and yummy and the coffee, I think, is way better than Starbucks!
I've gone back a few times now and am NEVER disappointed!
I give this place a two thumbs up and will recommend it to all of my friends and family! I just wish that they were in the States!
I first came upon Paul Rhodes' Bakery in Greenwich several years ago by accident. All the breads, sandwiches, and treats are fantastic; but, their scones with cornish clotted cream and organic jam are simply to die for. Since they opened the store in Notting Hill, I never miss an opportunity to bring home at least a dozen scones every time I am in London.
You can never have too many bakeries ... so far I have only bought loaves of bread here, all delicious. I have been positively impressed with the service and will try and find an excuse to return for their cakes soon.
Unfortunately, the cafe does not look very inviting, but Hyde Park is just up the road - can't wait for Spring!
I have been to this bakery a few times already and my only conclusion is that they deserve just one star. I have tried the scones, their "best in the world cake" (or some name like that) and the meringues. The scones are not bad, maybe too heavy, the cake was average (not the best in the world, that is obvious) but the meringues are simply awful. I bought one of which I had to throw away half, and I'm not demanding at all with food. It just seemed so wrong and not edible.
The staff is not good either. In my first visit the girl behind the counter didn't even know what a scone was. In my last one, they clearly had been trained to up-sell, as if the place was a chain. I guess this is what they want to become, which is very sad.
It's a friendly neighbourhood spot, and the window display is quite a landmark.
They have a huge selection of bread, pastries, quiches, etc. and will heat them up for you in the oven. They also have bags of homemade candies (hooray for chocolate-covered marshmallows) and cups of chocolate and fruit mousse.
They have a seating area in the back and it's a cozy place to enjoy your yummies.
Gluten-free notes: They can tell you exactly what's in everything -- they have a huge book showing all of the allergy and cross contamination risks. They used to sell a loaf of gluten-free bread but have recently re-labeled it as low-gluten. I need to find out why.
Conveniently located on the corner of Notting Hill Gate & Linden Gardens, this bakery opened in July 2010. This used to be the old Marsh & Parsons office, but when they moved, I wondered what we'd end up getting on the high street. When I read a letter notifying that the premises was going to be a Paul Rhodes Bakery and looking it up on the internet, I was counting down the days to taste their delights.
Bakeries are my weakness, I love anything sweet like cakes :-) Inside the decor is modern, you can buy from a selection of fresh bread, pastries and cakes. I bought a medium slice of pizza and a warm croissant, both delicious, my boss had one of their sandwichs, but although he conceded it was a little pricey, he said it was delicious.
Although there isn't much space for sitting inside, the premises has been cleverly designed with a small mezzanine level where there are a few tables and chairs, and outside on the street there are a few tables.
The only downside is that it can take a while to get served, it's not the best in terms of service, but it's certainly a yummy place to go to if you live in the area.
A great selection of breads, pastries and sandwiches that look quite appealing.
Slow service though! I finished half of my food before they made my hot chocolate :-/
Ohhhh... heaven!!! This is absolutely the BEST cheesecake on the planet!!! Literally, I enjoyed EVERY bite and thought, "Oh, I wish this moment would last forever!"
3 stars, despite what it wants to be, poor service and sandwiches let it down. On the other hand... regarding the jam tart, Rhodes, where do you get a crunch as good as that shortcake had? I've never experienced such crunch before. I mean that takes some baking and I do like a confectioner who knows to go easy on the sugar and generous on the tart; the raspberry jam that dripped out was spot on, in quantity and in balance of fruit and sugar. I have written a more thorough review here
I am always surprised and amused to reads other people's revues and wonder if they actually know anything about what they buy...!!!!
My experience at Paul Rhodes is the best I ever had, far better than the local competition ( as all the big cheeses are there...). It was such great news, for us locals, when they open last July.
First of all they have a wonderful selection of breads - go and have a look on a Saturday morning to see what I mean - good organic coffee and a selection of appealing sandwiches and cakes.
Service is good and efficient and has improved since last year, even though you still have a to wait a little during busy time ( this is success ).
On my latest visit I was also told, by that young blond lady, that smoothies, English ice cream and new breads will be coming soon... I can't wait !
They make really good speciality bread, especially the olive breads and the garlic, fennel and sultana bread (I know it sounds weird, but it was perfect for toast!). The servers are nice, but there is usually a wait of a few minutes as they are very efficient. The coffee is nice. Have not tried the cakes, but they look really good.
For Americans who for the most part have never experienced what a real bakery can be, this is a wonderful experience. The breads are interestting, substantial, crispy, and with limited size so that you don't have a loaf so large you don't know what to do with it. The cakes, scones, pies, muffins, etc. are all very flavorful and have no relationship to that soft dough stuff that originated in U.S. bread factories, and now is replicated in places called local bakeries and supermarket bakeries because people like the soft dough texture. Nonsense. Give people substantial bread, cake and cookie doughs and they will never go back to their treasured factory models. Paul Rhodes is a find for Amiercan tourists.
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