If you don’t fancy heading to the kitchen to bake, or just want to eat all the cake and bread now, then why not head to these Bristol bakeries. From crusty loaves of bread to fusion favourites like cruffins, you won’t be leaving these bakeries empty handed or on an empty stomach.
Home of the sour-dough-nut, Pinkmans Bakery is a right of passage when in Bristol. Their delicious doughnuts are individually hand rolled then fried to give a super light texture, making for a moreish dessert. Their latest sour-dough-nut flavours include rhubarb; raspberry and white chocolate; vanilla cream and raspberry jam; honeycomb mousse; and chocolate pecan brownie. You’ll also find brilliant brownies, flavoursome foccacia, cute cinnamon rolls and more at both their Park Street store and latest pop-up on Gloucester Road.
Pinkmans Bakery, 85 Park Street, BS1 5PJ
Pop-up: 324 Gloucester Road, BS7 8TJ
2. Bake Away
Having only just opened in January 2021, Bake Away are off to a flying start with loaves disappearing off their shelves in no time. The artisan bakery in Redland not only produces sourdough and focaccia bread that smells heavenly but also a number of pastries and baked goods such as tahini-filled pastry swirls, pain au raisins, croissants and potcha buns filled with black olive.
Bake Away, 16 Chandos Road, Redland, BS6 6PE
3. Ahh Toots
Located up Bristol’s Christmas Steps, Ahh Toots is owned by baker Tam and her bakery sells gorgeously decorated cakes, big and small, suited to whatever the occasion may be- weddings to a weekend treat. They even created a marmite and peanut butter meringue pie! This bakery not only sells celebration cakes, doughnuts, cookies, cinnamon buns, savoury pastries and traybakes, but also offers a baking provisions supply box as well as DIY baking packs, plus boxes packed with a range of cake slices or traybakes like blondies and brownies, which can be delivered to your door, locally or nationally, or available for collection.
Ahh Toots, 17 Christmas Street, BS1 5BT
In need of a little pick me up? Then head down to Wapping Wharf where you’ll find Mokoko Coffee and Bakery, which serve heavenly bakes such as cinnamon swirls, hazelnut pain au chocolat and white chocolate and strawberry Danishes, as well as specialty coffee. Mokoko, who has branches in Bath and Portishead too, also offers their own freshly ground coffee that you also enjoy at home plus their own homemade chai blend. You can’t go wrong with a baked pastry made fresh that day and a warming cup of coffee, luckily you can half both from this café and bakery.
Mokoko Coffee and Bakery, 2 Gaol Ferry Steps, Wapping Wharf, BS1 6WE
Another Wapping Wharf favourite when it comes to bakeries is The Assembly Bakery, an ethical bakery supplying delicious and seasonal freshly baked bread, pastries and cakes. Plus, at their Old Market branch, they even offer bread making and breakfast pastry courses, which include breakfast and lunch. So when you’re not making freshly baked goods, you’ll find yourself eating them- sounds good to me!
The Assembly Bakery, 27 West Street, BS2 0DF
Unit 21, Cargo, 2 Museum Street, BS1 6ZA
This independent bakery in Bristol is one of the best when it comes to creating environmentally-friendly postage boxes filled with baked goods. Bakery Number Eight’s minimalist packages are fully recyclable, and their freshly baked treats are sealed with reinforced paper tape and with a plastic-free, compostable matte stickers. These delightful boxes, which can be filled with brownies and cookies or tea and cake, are also the perfect size to fit through your letterbox too. We’ve got our eye their red velvet melt in the middle cookies!
Bakery Number Eight, 8 Portland Square, BS2 8ST
Last, but by no means least, is The Bristol Loaf. This award-winning bakery, based in Redfield, Bedminster and Bristol Beacon, bakes insanely drool-worthy creations, so much so you may even hesitate eating them as they look so good. Vegans can rejoice as the Bristol bakery serves up vegan cinnamon swirls, chocolate banana peanut butter slices and choc chip and spelt cookies. Plus, coeliacs needn’t miss out with their non-gluten almond and summer berry friands plus dark chocolate, raspberry and oat slices. Their pork sausage rolls, or squash-age ones, are also definitely worth trying as they’ll take your picnic game up a notch.
The Bristol Loaf, 213 Church Road, Redfield, BS5 9HF
96 Bedminster Parade, Bedminster, BS3 4HL
Bristol Beacon, Trenchard Street, BS1 5AR