Whether you’re searching for the perfect artisan bread or a sweet patisserie treat, you’ll be spoiled for choice at one of Gloucestershire’s best independent bakeries.
SoGlos has risen to the challenge of choosing 8 of our favourites spread across the county, so you can support local while buying your sourdough loaves and pain au chocolate.
Cheltenham’s La Boulangerie Artisan has achieved cult-like status – with locals queuing in all weathers at the industrial estate in Battledown, to get their hands on its range of sensational sourdough loaves, baguettes and ridiculously good croissants (especially the almond ones), all freshly-made each day with the best ingredients from France, using a traditional long fermentation process. Vive la slow food revolution!
Founded in the 1920s, Hobbs House has two Gloucestershire bakeries in Tetbury and Nailsworth, as well as nearby Chipping Sodbury, Malmesbury and Bristol too. Plus, it delivers its delicious bread and cakes to homes, restaurants and cafés across the UK. If you haven’t tried its famous sourdough loaves (or tried to bake your own using their 65-year-old starter) you are missing out.
Nestled in the village of Longhope, The Forest Bakehouse is a small community cooperative bakery, which makes fantastic long-fermentation breads and pastries using local, organic flour. Its selection of sourdough breads and croissants look exquisite.
Stroud’s Lavender Bakehouse lovingly bakes all of its cakes and pastries on the premises, with the option to order and enjoy at home or in the coffee shop (when it’s open) – which serves up breakfast, lunch and afternoon high tea. Its signature orange and lavender cake is a must try.
Family-run Bakery on the Water is situated in the pretty Cotswold village of Bourton-on-the-Water, baking artisan breads using traditional methods, for a delicious flavour and proper crunchy crust. It serves up breakfast pastries, brunch, delicious sandwiches and scones in the café, as well as homemade picnics to take away.
Cirencester’s Knead opened in December 2020, offering a wide variety of treats from its bakery on Black Jack Street. Its menu includes breads like toasted spelt loaf, confit garlic and red onion focaccia and Dutch crunch; cakes including chocolate and coffee loaf, blackcurrant and star anise teacakes, and blueberry custard brioche; as well as cookies, croissants and doughnuts.
Brew & Bake on Bath Road in Cheltenham is a coffee shop and bakery famous for its cakes. It offers a staple menu for breakfast and brunch, with the bakery selection changing on a daily basis. Recent offerings include Chinese hoi sin rolls, Creme Egg brownies, Biscoff brondies and gingerbread millionaire’s shortbread.
With 10 stores across Gloucester and one in Cheltenham, as well as a home delivery service, independently run Janes Pantry offers a range of traditional treats, from rustic farmhouse loaves and sausage rolls to iced buns. It also runs a fleet of mobile sandwich vans that travel to workplaces across the county.
By Chloe Gorman
Friday 19 February 2021
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