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Bakeries we love in honour of GBBO

Bake Off is back on TV so time to drag out the food mixer. Can't be bothered? No, quite right. Here are some brilliant bakeries instead.

It’s the televisual equivalent of an open fire and hearty bowl of stew on a freezing February day – warms the cockles, so it does. Anyway, I don’t know about you but now it’s back on the box, I’ve got a hankering for proper bread, pastries and cakes with ‘a good crumb’. Here’s Muddy’s pick of the best bakeries in Cornwall.

Ladyvale Bakery, Nansledan

A gem of a bakery and definitely one to search out as you probably won’t be driving past it any time soon. It’s brightening up Nansledan (pastel-coloured extension to Newquay) no end, a proper vibrant yellow ray of sunshine on a cloudy Cornish day. Ladyvale is the bakery part of Woods Cafe, run by Lara, and winner of numerous Muddy awards including best cafe in 2019. New for 2020 are the most delicious sounding cake boxes for delivery, which change every week or so.

Kern of Kernow, Newquay (and other places)

Kris and Maren make the most awesome little iced bundts and, even better, they sell them from a gorgeous turquoise van called Beyonce. Even better than that, Beyonce travels around from farmers markets to events, to the beach, and even to your event. Keep an eye on their insta to see where she’s popping up next – or, order by post.

The Little Bakehouse, Launceston

The Little Bakehouse is a much loved bakery up in Launceston, as shown by being a finalist in the Muddy awards several years running, most recently in 2019. The Launceston based bakery specialises in sourdough bread but also bakes beautiful cakes (takeaway only at the mo).

Coombeshead Farm, Lewinnick

*The* foodie destination on the Cornwall/ Devon border, Coombeshead Farm is a restaurant with rooms, a collaboration between Tom Adams (of London restaurant Pitt Cue) and April Bloomfield (of New York cheffing fame) – as well as a working farm growing and raising pretty much everything they serve, it is also home to an outstanding bakery, headed up by Ben Glazer. Order sourdough bread in numerous top Cornish (and London) restaurants and you’re almost certainly eating Coombeshead bread – which is distinctively dark, malty and flatter than some bakeries offer.

St Ives Bakery, St Ives

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The Vans are racked and stacked today .

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What springs to mind first when I think of St Ives Bakery is the piles of giant meringues in the window but they also make a fine pasty. They are handmade, freshly baked throughout the day and available in shortcrust or flaky pastry. Choose from traditional steak, lamb and mint, chicken, cheese n’ veg and more. And don’t worry if a seagull snatches it right out of your hands – it’s a rite of passage and you won’t make that mistake again.

Stones Bakery, Falmouth

You’ll find Stones Bakery at the top end of Falmouth’s Old High Street, up towards the Star & Garter, serving up their delish freshly baked goods – the bread is fab, but the cheese straws are what my kids go back for over and over, along with the quiches.

Da Bara Bakery, Indian Queens & The Roseland

Home to the best cinnamon buns in the world, or at least the UK – so good that you can buy them by post, so don’t fret if you’re nowhere near the cafe (they also sell their buns and bread to other fab cafes, too many to list here, sadly, so keep an eye out). Other baked goods are available too, including sourdough bread, pastries and nearer to Christmas, some pretty awesome mince pies.

Fees Food, Rock

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In the shop ☝🏼

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Perhaps not strictly speaking a bakery, as it is so much more than that (deli, caterer, posh freezer dinners & yummy picnic food), but we love Fee’s Food and all that she produces, including excellent brownies which come in a particularly swanky looking gift box, just right for a present (for yourself).

Doughnut Addict, Truro

Brioche doughnuts covered in chocolate toppings. Yes please! And by mail order too – little pieces of heaven in a box. Perfect for presents or just because it’s Friday. Served up from a minimalist shop in Truro, complete with artisanal coffee and (in non-Covid times) DJ sets from the resident DJ.

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