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The Top 10 Local British Bakeries


Top 10 Local British Bakeries

Baking has come a long way since the middle ages where it was classed as a luxury for just a few to enjoy. Some centuries later, and we Brits are mad about baking, so much so, that millions of us tune into the Great British Bake Off each week to get our baking fix. That’s a nation of baking fanatics! Whether you have a craving for your favourite cake or you fancy broadening your horizons and tasting the local delicacies when you’re away from home, here are the top 10 local British bakeries across the country. As much as we all have a guilty pleasure for a Gregg’s, you won’t find them on this list. Enjoy.

Home Sweet Home, Manchester

This dreamy little cake haven has been dubbed the best cake shop in the trendy Northern Quarter area of the city. Home Sweet Home is any sugar-addict's fantasy, with their cake shelf displaying ginormous slabs of cake heaven. We recommend the Trillionaire Shortbread for caramel and chocolate goodness, but don’t blame us for your sugar crash afterwards!

Cakes & Shakes, Essex

A family-friendly cake and milkshake shop, Cakes & Shakes has become a favourite in Essex and has four locations in the area. These guys really know their stuff when it comes to a great dessert. Try the Chocolate Orange Cake for a rich taste with a zesty twist, any Terry’s Chocolate Orange fans will love this cake, what’s even better it comes with a scoop of your favourite ice cream. It will leave you feeling like you're in indulgence-heaven.

Spondon Bakery, Derby

This little local bakery in the heart of Derby offers everything a baking fanatic could want. From freshly baked bread to artisan cakes and patisseries, you’ll be spoilt for choice. A few favourites are the Nutella Brownie and the Jam Slice, yum. Appearing on ITV's Britain's Best Bakery in 2014, Spondon Bakery should be on your must-visit list when visiting Derby, it is no wonder it's on our best British Bakeries list.

Fudge Bakery, Hull

Fudge is a foodies paradise. This moreish artisan bakery in Hull is perfect for taking some time out to munch on their homemade bakes and chill in their delightful ice-cream coloured setting. Offering culinary delights of Scones, pastries, pies and tarts and a range of handmade bread with gourmet twists, such as Mustard Seed & Onion.

My Home Bakery, Glasgow

This gem of a bakery in Glasgow features a mouth-watering cake stand filled with an excellent selection of cakes, favourites and freshly baked bread. Get in early to secure My Home Bakery's  best choices, from options such as Salted Caramel Tarts to Pear and Ginger Cakes, these guys love to experiment with flavoursome cakes.

The Bakehouse, Carlisle

This welcoming tea room is a favourite amongst locals and tourists to Carlisle. Selling only the best of Cumbrian produce and bakings its mouth-watering treats in-house, it’s no wonder it is loved locally and made our top 10 British bakeries list. The Bakehouse sells the best of baking goods, so come and sit in here in the warmth atmosphere and try a delicious English Tea and traditional English Scone.

Janes Pantry, Gloucester

This family run bakers still puts its quality and service as top priority as it did when it first ended in 1971. Becoming a baking institution in Gloucester over the many years it has been running, ask any local and they will know Janes Pantry for its delectable bakes made fresh each day. From their artisan bread to deliciously sweet cakes, you’re spoilt for choice at this traditional bakery.

Rock Monkey Bakery, Bournemouth

This small artisan bakery based in Bournemouth is famous for its freshly baked, naturally leavened Sourdough and pastries, vegan bread and vegan sweet pastries too. Enjoy them in the Rock Monkey bakery with a cup of coffee, served by their friendly staff.

Baltic Bakehouse, Liverpool

Baltic Bakehouse is a bakery and cafe situated in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle. It has been rumoured that its brother-and-sister team make the best bread in the city. With different speciality loaves allocated to days of the week, from 100 percent rye on Monday to ciabatta on Friday, and then there are the tasty sweet “99 doughnuts”, filled with rich vanilla custard and topped with a flake, yum!



Strictly Cupcakes, Preston

If you’re after a deliciously sweet cupcake, then pop into the family run Strictly Cupcakes in the heart of Preston. Sit back and relax in their vintage tearoom and devour a gorgeous looking and even better-tasting cupcake that is made freshly each day. You’ll want to come back again and again when you’re visiting Preston. Each one of these delicious bakeries is just a stone's throw away from a Hallmark Hotel, so you can always get your bakery fix whilst staying with us. Although we're not a bakery our Pastry Chefs make some delicious desserts, we are famous for our chocolate tart and vanilla pannacotta, have a look at our menu here. http://cdn.johnhenry.net/hallmark/website/content/downloadables/Brasserie%20Menu.NEW.2016.pdf

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