This is Forn Sant Jordi, over a hundred years old. The store is here since 1789 and it has kept the oven that was used at the end of the 18th century. It is currently run by Antonio Mª Ribes and Núria Pagès. In 1920, the King Alfons XIII rendered a visit to Barcelona. Balconies were decorated with senyeres (the Catalan flag) but the king noted “I have seen a lot of Catalan flags everywhere, however I have not seen that many signs in Catalan”. Some studies consider these words did not come from the king, but from Antoni Maura, one member of the royal delegation. This matter was discussed at the Town Hall meetings agenda. The shops and traders in carrer Llibreteria were the first to amend the signs translating them into Catalan. In 1931, a nationalistic paper – Nosaltres sols (us alone) – recommended visiting this oven because it had already changed its signs into Catalan.
Antoni Ribes and Pagés Núria decades in command of the oven, he took his family to early last century. This pastry with over 210 years in the street made famous Llibreteria donuts from San Jorge – even special stop on the street every April 23 – their traditional bread and pasta.
Ribes family purchased the bakery in 1941 and since then, their generations still made bread and pasta using traditional methods.
Retain on site the kiln late eighteenth century, still cook with all products made with high quality materials and a lot of tradition. A landmark Gothic quarter in which the walls of the room fired coke smell freshly cooked and plenty of history. If you raise your eyes to appreciate the decorative details of this trade is already a classic street Llibreteria.
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