Bakeries we love in honour of GBBO
Bake Off is back so time to drag out the food mixer. Can’t be bothered? Fair enough! Put down that spatula and support these brilliant bakeries instead.
It’s Bake Off season and boy, are we ready for it this year – the reliability of great bakes (now common parlance thanks to GBBO!), good humour, and pure simple TV-shaped joy. It’s the televisual equivalent of an open fire and hearty bowl of stew on a freezing February day. It 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 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 accidentally drive past. 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. 2020 saw the launch of their delicious sounding cake boxes for delivery, which change every week or so, but the highlight for 2021 is being able to eat in again.
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, which you can catch at the Boathouse in Newquay during the summer months. Even better than that, Beyonce travels around too, so keep an eye on their insta to see where she’s popping up next…
Electric Bakery, Bude
Open Weds – Sunday, this bakery in Bude serves artisanal soughdough, specialty coffee and craft beers to the hip, surfer/ art crowd, as well as hosting street food pop ups. They’ll be closing for a bit of well deserved break for much of October, so head up there pronto if you want a loaf.
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 – order online for click and collect too.
St Agnes Bakery, St Agnes
Muddy Award winning St Agnes Bakery has been baking traditional Cornish recipes for over 100 years, including bread, cakes, pasties and their famed giant sausage rolls. Head in-store, or order online for their new delivery service.
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. (They also make an excellent malt loaf…)
St Ives Bakery, St Ives
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 cafés – which are takeaway only at the moment still. Da Bara also sell their bakes 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
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 & Wadebridge
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 soon to be from the new outpost in Wadebridge.
And over the border…
Jacka Bakery, Plymouth
Laying claim to being the oldest bakery in the UK (425 years!) and possibly the prettiest, Jacka’s is where you will find Muddy whenever we’re passing Plymouth Barbican, usually with an almond croissant or failing that a cinnamon swirl banana bread (or both) in our greedy little hands. And exciting news! They’re now open for your early morning coffee and cake fix, seven days a week, from 8.30am.
Heyl Bakery, Plymouth
Vegan bakes you’re after? Plymouth’s first 100% plant-based sourdough bakery, Heyl, is run by Sam and Kate who use locally-grown, organic and heritage grains for their delicious bakes. They took over the space vacated by Column Bakehouse on Royal William Yard from where you can order online for Friday collection. Expect naturally leavened loaves and buns, and seasonally-inspired treats, including damson bread. Also a feature at Tavistock Market and a pop-up at Jar in Plymouth.