Cookies and Scream began selling vegan bakes from a market stall in Camden Lock back in 2010. Two years later, as demand grew, the stall turned into a permanent cookie bar inside the market – this remained hugely popular until a fire in 2017 sadly forced it to close.
Thankfully, Cookies and Scream had opened a bakery on Holloway Road in 2016, not too far from Highbury and Islington station. It’s a small, friendly place with a few tables and chairs, and retro bar stools you can pull up to the counter.
The glass display case that greets you when you walk through the door shows off tempting fresh bakes – all of which are vegan and gluten-free. What’s on offer changes daily and varies by demand, but the selection is impressive.
The cookies are big and filling, crispy on the edge and moist in the middle; varieties like chocolate chip, oatmeal and chocolate chip, double chocolate, and ginger. There are brownies, blondies (brownies without the cocoa), pies and oven-baked donuts, with winning flavour combinations such as peanut butter and chocolate, coconut and jam, and salted caramel and chocolate. The bakes taste even better when they’re warmed in the oven. Then there’s the signature cookie ‘sandwich’, which packs a creamy ice cream between two delicious cookies – definitely worth a try.
The bakery also serves coffee, tea and its popular ‘Scream Shakes’: a combination of ice cream, milk and blended brownie or cookie, served with a specially developed sauce or fresh fruit.
There’s something to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth at Cookies and Scream – it’s well worth a trip when you fancy a treat.