Suffolk & Cambs bakeries we love in honour of GBBO
Bake Off is back on TV so time to drag out the food mixer. Can't be bothered? No, quite right. Here are some brilliant bakeries instead.
Would it be weird to admit that every June, I turn to my husband and say something along the lines of, “Oooooh, only three months until Bake Off starts!” Probably. But there, I’ve just done it. GBBO is – by far – my favourite show on TV and 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 Suffolk & Cambs.
Two Magpies Bakeries, Southwold, Darsham, Aldeburgh and Norwich
The queues snaking down Southwold and Aldeburgh high streets says all you need to know about these super star bakeries. Everything you taste from Two Magpies is delicious in the extreme and worth the wait. Paul Hollywood would get repetitive strain injury from the amount of handshakes he’d have to give these talented bakers for their cakes, bakes and breads. All well as filling your bags with goodies you can also learn to bake from the experts yourself at their Bake School in Darsham.
Wooster’s Bakery, Bardwell, Bury St Edmunds, and various farmer’s markets around the county.
Owner and head baker Will is one of Suffolk’s foodie stars and has made the traditional old bakery cool again with his smart shops and delicious products. It’s a family affair with Dad Simon and brother Joe looking after the markets and Bardwell business. Bake Off has got nothing on these boys who churn out perfectly risen loaves like sprouted rye sourdough and brilliantly laminated viennoiseries every day of the week.
Pump Street Bakery and Chocolate Makers, Orford and Woodbridge
Great name and great produce at this family-run Orford bakery. You’ll probably recognise the pink exterior from instagram as a top spot for influencers posing with their baked goods, but you won’t catch us wasting time posing when there’s delicious fresh pastries to be scoffed. Watch that waistline because Pump Street also make any incredible range of chocolates that make for fabulous gifts if you can bear to give them away.
Suffolk Food Hall, Wherstead
Suffolk Food Hall is an Aladdin’s Cave for foodies and if you love your freshly baked goods you’ll be delighted to hear that the bakers here don’t start at the crack of dawn, but bake throughout the day, so whatever time you stop by you can enjoy the smell and warmth of straight-out-the-oven goodies.
The Friendly Loaf, Nowton
This is a little hidden gem of a bakery on the Nowton Industrial Estate that we discovered during lockdown and that is probably to blame for the pandemic pounds we piled on! It was well worth it though for their supersize almond croissants and delicious breads. They also do a rather tempting line of Danish pastries. They’re baking in line with what’s on the Bake Off each week so you can buy the produce you’re seeing baked on the show and munch on it as you watch! Might we suggest a brisk stroll on Nowton Park once you’ve devoured their baked goods?
Cambridge Cookery, Homerton Gardens, Cambridge
Cambridge Cookery might be best known as a cook school and cafe, but they are also incredible artisan bread makers, and you can enjoy their baked goodies in the cafe or take them home after a class learning how to make bread yourself. Save room for treats like cinnamon buns and inspired ideas like crème pat & berry filled cardamon buns.
Grain Culture, St Mary’s Street, Ely
You’ll feel very Gallic if you happen to live in Ely and frequent this bakery as it’s another foodie mecca that is prone to the sort of Saturday morning queues you’re likely to see outside a French boulangerie. Grain Culture was set up by head baker Luca Fiorio, who used to work at Jack’s Gelato and it’s clear that bread is his where his talents lie – it really is some of the best you’ll ever get your teeth on. As well as sourdough, pastries and baguettes you can fill you larder with Fen Farm Butter, Pump Street Chocolate and other local products. Not near Ely, don’t panic there’s a web shop and you can buy products at Provenance Kitchen in Whittlesford.
Norfolk Street Bakeries, Cambridge
No prizes for guessing which street this Cambs city bakery is based on, but you’ll be pleased to hear there’s also a branch on Station Road for any hungry commuters among you. This bakery specialises in European breads, so you can enjoy everything from Mediterraneans Rustic breads and rich German Ryes to British sourdoughs. They also serve soups, cakes and sandwiches.
Fitzbillies, Trumpington Street and Bridge Street, Cambridge
We couldn’t write about bakeries in Cambridge without including this legendary one that celebrates it’s 100th birthday this year on 4th October. Although they’re known for their Chelsea buns that get tourists from all over the world flocking into this bijou little bakery/ cafe, Fitzbillies also does a whole host of other delicious baked goods like biscuits, macarons, and even coffee. The sandwiches, salads and brunches are to die for too.