Guardians of Kashrus and quality
London’s oldest Kosher bakery has now entered a new chapter. Under new management, Grodzinski continues to serve the community as it has been doing for well over a century.
From the first Bilkelech to come out of the Oven in their original premises back in 1888, Mr & Mrs Grodzinski established a tradition of excellence. It was a philosophy they learnt at home in Lithuania and passed on to their children here in the UK. It has continued uninterrupted, as the bakery expanded to Dunsmure Road in 1930 and Clapton Common in 1961. It remained intact through two world wars and was passed on through three generations of the Grodzinski family.
142 years later, it’s stronger than ever. Grodzinski is a gold member of CBA craft bakers association, with a 5-star health and safety rating from Safer Food Scores.
When it comes to quality compromise is not an option.
But there’s another value the Grodzinski family has held dear since day one. When it came to kashrus, only the best would do for these legendary family bakers. So, it’s hardly surprising that Grodzinski is Kedassia’s oldest licensee. No surprise either that the bakery is one of the only ones to have a Mashgiach onsite throughout most of the day. The management wants its customer to enjoy its goods without compromising on their standards, and that has not changed and never will.
But while the basic foundations stay the same, the business itself hasn’t. With a growing community comes growing expectations, and Grodzinski has expanded to meet them.
Walking into the main Clapton Common Branch, you’d never know that it started with a few Bilkelech. Now, you’re spoilt for choice! Not had breakfast? Hungry for lunch? Enjoy a delicious omelette or falafel from the deli counter. Or one of the many sandwiches or salads from the fridge. For fish lovers, there are our cooked salmon pieces and yes, there’s a sushi selection too. Treat yourself to a chocolate croissant or cheese danish with a coffee and of course, there’s our delicious range of bread, bagels and rolls. Something for every taste, from the sweet-toothed snackers to the health-conscious.
One of Grodzinski’s favourite services is providing food for events. Whether it’s a family, business or community event, the staff are ready to prepare any amount of food including platters of rolls, cakes, fish, fruit and sushi to help celebrate or impress.
In fact, Grodzinski staff stand ready for anything, including wholesale orders. ‘too big/small’ is an answer you’ll never hear when calling in with an order. We’re prepared to help with anything, of any size.
The recent change in management heralds the beginning of the next chapter. But whatever the future brings, some things will never change. Quality and kashrus at Grodzinski are not up for compromise. And they never will be.
Grodzinski Bakery Established 1888
Harris and Judith Grodzinski leave the shtetl of Varanova (now in Belarus), and establish a bakery at 31 Fieldgate Street in the Jewish East End of London.
The new Dunsmure Road shop
Bertha buys Mr Hurstleigh’s bakery at 91 Dunsmure Road, Stamford Hill and so establishes Grodzinski’s second bakery.
Bertha’s older sons Harry and Ruby join the business and rapidly enlarge. By the outbreak of war, Grodzinski has four more shops in Stoke Newington, Willesden, Cricklewood and Hendon. Barrow rounds also deliver to households in these areas
24 shops around London
Grodzinski now has twenty-four shops around London. Emmanuel Grodzinski, the first of the fourth generation, joins the business followed over the next two decades by David, Jonathan, Daniel and Monica.
Jonathan Grodzinski and family welcome you to the 75th-anniversary celebrations at 91 Dunsmure Road.