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Had lunch today in Ruby Rose, situated in the fairly recently (2013) uncovered period shop fronts at 46 and 46a Topsfield Parade , just beyond the Elder Avenue crossroads as you walk away from the clock tower.
We got there just after lunch so it was not crowded and we got excellent service from Sean and Arun, including detailed descriptions of the lovely confections on offer. We both had quiche with salad and pickled vegetables and cleared our plates. Tea is served in large glasses, which is exactly right. So we moved on to a pistachio and cranberry pastry, and a semla lenten sweet bun with marzipan and cream.
We even found time to chat about the pastry recipes in the Four and Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book.
And this is how it looked when the modern shop fronts were removed
It really is a gem and well worth a visit.
I went to a meeting of the Crouch End Chamber of Commerce in a pub. The management and staff of the Ruby Rose could not make it, but did even better by sending two trays of their signature , delicious cinnamon swirls. A good time was had by all.
Sadly looks like Ruby Rose has closed - or is having another refit. Recently there was a charming banner in the window promoting various courses at their out-of-town location so perhaps the management have changed tack. I loved the look of this cafe and it looked busy at weekends when I went past. Wish them well if it has closed and they've moved on.