Business of the week: Raab’s bakery in Essex Road celebrates 70 years

PUBLISHED: 16:04 14 June 2018 | UPDATED: 16:05 14 June 2018

Michele and Philip Raab at Raab's The Bakers in Essex Road. Picture: Valentina Cipriani

Michele and Philip Raab at Raab's The Bakers in Essex Road. Picture: Valentina Cipriani


In a weekly feature, we profile and champion a fascinating shop or company doing business here in Islington. This week, we made a long overdue visit to popular Essex Road bakery Raab’s.

Raab's The Bakers in Essex Road. Picture: Valentina CiprianiRaab's The Bakers in Essex Road. Picture: Valentina Cipriani

Essex Road favourite Raab’s has been baking bread and cakes for 70 years. The shop opened in Dalston back in 1948, then moved to Islington in the 1970s – and has been there ever since.

Unsurprisingly, it has built up quite the circle of loyal clients.

“A very high proportion of our customers are regulars,” Michele Rabb told the Gazette. “They used to come here with their parents, and now they bring their own children.”

The family business was originally set up by her husband’s father, who is now retired. His sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren run it today. Their selection of breads and cakes is a mix of local and international.

“People like traditional recipes, such as the cheesecake or the Tottenham cake, but they also like to keep up to date and to try new things out.

“Everything is made here. We believe that if it’s how we would like it to be, than our customers will think the same.”

Latest Islington News Stories

Yesterday, 17:05

A Barnsbury entrepreneur who wants to make his favourite sport “accessible and affordable for everyone” has launched a tennis app.

Yesterday, 16:54

A homeless army veteran from Holloway who is part of the Windrush generation has told of his battle for an ID card and benefits – after the government dubbed him an “illegal immigrant” and drove him into hiding.

Tue, 17:28

Extra security in Hackney’s streets over the Wireless weekend left Islington’s Finsbury Park community having to contend with hundreds of drunk, noisy festivalgoers, the council has said.

Tue, 16:28

Islington’s housing chief says the government “just doesn’t get” the housing crisis after today’s green paper revealed there will be no money to build new council homes.

Tue, 11:24

A Finsbury Park nursery has been given a Good Ofsted rating in all four areas of inspection.

Tue, 08:20

A mother and her two young kids have been left living with “devastating” damage after rainwater gushed through the ceiling of their Barnsbury flat last week.

Mon, 19:11

A “tormented” bereaved mother has urged witnesses to come forward after the case against her son’s suspected killer collapsed due to a lack of evidence.

Mon, 18:57

A single mum on maternity leave and her two young kids have been evicted from their Holloway home by a “horrible” housing association – because she couldn’t pay a £2,000 bill up front.


Fostering older teenagers means giving them the skills for life as an adult. Here, a supportive lodgings carer with Islington Council and young adult who has left care share their stories

Newsletter Sign Up

Islington Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now