Muddy Eats: Ladyvale Bakery, Nansledan, Newquay
Cake, cake, glorious cake, Ladyvale Bakery is a cheerful cake & coffee stop any time of the day.
Ladyvale Bakery is 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 no end, a proper vibrant yellow ray of sunshine on a cloudy Cornish day.
Never heard of Nansledan? It’s the pastel-coloured extension to Newquay, built on Duchy of Cornwall land and adhering to the Prince of Wales’ sustainable commitments to building up new communities.
You may have encountered Lara, co-owner, before though. She and her husband David are behind the wonderful Woods Cafe in Cardinham Woods (winner of previous Muddy awards) since 2009 and Ladyvale Bakery is the natural extension of Lara’s celebration cakes business. Named after the shortest walk in Cardinham Woods, the lady of the vale, Lara has been making celebration cakes to order for all sorts of people, including royalty in the form of HRH the Duchess of Cornwall, patron of Cornwall Charity Foundation.
The businesses at Nansledan are now starting to open – Ladyvale Bakery in July 2019 – and as soon as all of the residents follow you won’t be able to get a seat.
Bright, cheerful and extremely welcoming is the order of the day, with a side of eco-friendly. There are no takeaway cups available – or indeed bottles or cans for sale at all. Cordials are all made in house and fizzy water comes from a pump. If you want to take your drink away you’ll need to bring your own cup or join the cake club for £12, where you get your very own Ladyvale R-cup (a reusable coffee cup made with recycled single-use cups) and a host of other cake based rewards each month.
As you’d expect if you’ve been to Woods Cafe, the decor is playful and bright, reflecting Lara’s love of bright florals. We loved the Rifle Paper Co lampshades and matching cushions, all handmade by Lara.
SCOFF AND QUAFF
This being a bakery, the cake is king here, alongside a whole host of other scrumptious looking (and tasting) cookies, brownies and biscuits. For those seeking lunch, there are a smattering of savoury options including divine sausage rolls and little pastries – mine had butternut squash and goats cheese, and can be made up into a Ladyvale take on a ploughman’s with their own chutney and pickled veg. Coffee is by local roasters Yallah.
All cakes are baked fresh on-site with something for everyone including vegan and gluten-free options which look as tempting as their non-gluten-free counterparts. Also available to order and baked on site are Ladyvale’s famous celebration and wedding cakes made with beautiful buttercream and decorated with homegrown edible flowers and handmade macarons.
If pushed, the rose and pistachio cakes were close favourites, but everything we tried was delish.
THE MUDDY VERDICT
Good for: A solo pick-me-up coffee and cake outing, a treat with a girlfriend or after-school with the kids. Or in fact, any time you fancy cake.
Not for: If you’re a large group you may struggle for table space, particularly around elevenses, or after-school and unless you bring your own cup, or join the cake club, you won’t be able to take away a coffee. Forewarned is forearmed. This is also a destination trip unless you’re local as there is as yet not much else happening on the high street.