A.Gold shop, Spitalfields, London
Welcome to A.Gold
We're open weekdays 10-4pm & weekends 12-5pm
Welcome to A.Gold. We like to think of ourselves as a village shop in the City where you can pick up a handmade sandwich, a tin of 'Perfect' tea, a cup of slow-brewed filter coffee and a homemade Scotch egg for later.
Every weekday we cook our daily lunch specials in the kitchen upstairs. Along with our special sandwich/salad box of the day - always something a bit indulgent, like pulled pork and spicy coleslaw or roast chicken with herb stuffing - we also cook a dish of the day which may be a traditional pie or an old-school surprise such as poached salmon with parsley sauce or a hearty venison casserole...read more about A.Gold
A.Gold food: salad bar
In true A.Gold style, we lay out a rather special salad bar during weekday lunchtimes. Like our sandwich fillings and dish of the day, everything is prepared from fresh ingredients each morning in our kitchen upstairs.
You can add the special filling of the day to your salad box or any of the meats, cheeses, smoked salmon, pies or a Scotch egg from the deli cabinet. Alternatively, go light and just have the salad.
Homemade Scotch eggs
Royal grocer Fortnum & Mason claim to have invented Scotch eggs in the 18th Century. From such majestic beginnings they have become a rather nasty supermarket snack food but proper homemade Scotch eggs are a revelation.
We make them fresh every weekday (unless we're making homemade sausage rolls - but that's another story). A free-range boiled egg is encased in seasoned sausage meat, rolled in breadcrumbs and deep-fried. They are satisfying, truly delicious and have a loyal (some might say fanatic) following - we sell dozens a day. Try it cut in half with a dollop of hot English mustard.
If you can't get to the shop, or we've sold out (an all too common occurance), what about making your own? Our recipe is on the Cooking page.
Products: perfect for winter
Mulled Wine Spices
We use Old Hamlet Spice & Wine Co sachets to make a deliciously spicy hot mulled wine - a perfect winter warmer.
It takes only approx. 5 mins to make.
1 bottle full-bodied red wine, ginger wine or grape juice
1 sachet mulled wine spices
2 tablespoons castor sugar
Pour one bottle of your preferred red wine (or other drink) into a saucepan, add sugar and one sachet of Old Hamlet mulled wine spices and heat gently for a delicious and potent mulled wine. Do not boil the wine as it will evaporate the alcohol. For special occasions add a dash of brandy and sliced fruit; oranges and lemons are perfect. www.oldhamletwineandspice.co.uk
This medium dry floral Mead is made with Shropshire Ling Heather honey by the London Honey Company.
One of the oldest (some say the oldest) fermented drinks, English Mead is a unique and special drink, made from honey and traditionally given to a newly married couple for them to drink at their wedding and for a month afterwards - hence the word 'honeymoon'.
In winter mull it with spices or orange and ginger, in summer chill it over ice. It goes well with strong Cheddar cheese and is a great accompaniment to desserts. Try adding two-thirds tonic and a squeeze of fresh lime for a cocktail. www.thelondonhoneycompany.co.uk
Products: on the shelves
These roast chestnuts are 'International Favourites', no less.
Helpfully peeled and roasted in this handy pack, they make a great snack or use them in a stuffing, to make a pate or in stuffed mushrooms.
A fantastic sauce for all homesick Northerners and curious Southerners. Henderson's Relish is a fruity and spicy sauce made in Sheffield for over 100 years to a closely guarded secret recipe.
Boasting a fierce and loyal following (we're talking tattoos here), Hendo's can be used in so many ways - to flavour roast meats, soups and stews, to add flavour and depth to anything from homemade coleslaw to a cheese toastie.
Some new jams from Crossogue in Tipperary. We've been selling their Lemon Curd for years and we've now added some sugar-free (but not flavour-free) jams to our range - a Marmalade Spread and a Raspberry Spread, alongside an unusual Quince Chilli Jelly, all made by hand to Veronica's recipes.
The sugar-free preserves are made with Xylitol, derived from the Birch tree - a 100% natural sweetener with a low GI and diabetic-friendly.
Please note: we now have more Campbell's Tea - both in tins and in refill packs
'Beautiful Flavour, Delicious Rich Cup' it says on the tin and we can only agree. A strong but smooth full-bodied blended tea made from loose East African leaves.
A firm favourite, customers buy tins and tins of it, sometimes so much we wonder how they can possibly drink it all.
For those of you who love the tin but love the tea more, we now have the handy refill packs, ideal to top-up your tin with.
This week, we're cooking:
You can choose the daily special as a sandwich or as a salad box:
Monday special: Roast Gressingham duck, date and tamarind chutney and watercress. Dish of the day: Pork, chorizo and chickpea casserole with winter greens.
Tuesday special: Homemade fish fingers and tartare sauce. Dish of the day: Chicken and preserved lemon tagine with couscous.
Wednesday special: Roast chicken with sage and onion stuffing. Dish of the day: Smoked haddock kedgeree with mango and ginger chutney.
Thursday special: Pulled pork and spicy coleslaw. Dish of the day: Salmon fishcakes with green beans and homemade tartare sauce.
Friday special: Roast chicken breast, homemade mayonnaise and rocket. Dish of the day: Fish pie with minted garden peas.
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You can pre-order your sandwich, salad box or dish of the day and beat the queue. Please phone 020 7247 2487 before 11.30am with your order.
A.Gold is on Shopikon
A.Gold is a member of The East End Trades Guild