FOODIE GUIDE: BAKERIES | FOOD FEATURE
Food glorious food. Cakes, beers and pop-ups. We round up some of the best foodie delights Wales has to offer.
Compiled by LORRIA SAHMET
Cardiff Central Market
Nestled among various fresh fruit and meat stands in Cardiff Central Market, Cardiff Bakestones is a sweet-smelling gem. The casual side-shop serves up warm Welsh cakes fresh off the bakestone and offers a variety of flavours. Pick from the original toasted, soft raisin-studded Welsh cakes or experiment with unique flavours that include chocolate chip, lemon-curd and jam-filled varieties. Each Welsh cake is lightly dusted with sugar and homemade every day. All at a reasonable price, nothing beats a freshly baked Welsh cake.
Info: 029 2034 4159 / facebook.com/bakestones.co.uk
123 Robert Street, Milford Haven / Old Bridge, Haverfordwest
Launched in 1980, the Welsh Bakery began their baking journey as a humble family business. Today, they have gained a reputation as one of Pembrokeshire’s finest bakeries and mastered the complex techniques used in all baked goods on the bakery spectrum. Offering a range of traditional and contemporary breads and cakes, the bakery pride themselves on their bread, baked fresh every morning, and bespoke cakes made with an immaculate attention to detail. The atmosphere sets the Welsh Bakery out as a neighbourhood favourite.
Info: 01646 695183 / www.welshbakery.net
TAN LAN BAKERY
2 Lower High Street, Conwy
Featured in Britain’s Best Bakery, Tan Lan Bakery fully deserves the recognition. As well as baking up an extensive list of cakes, breads and confectionaries, Tan Lan Bakery has also gained a reputation for having one of the most popular coffee shops in Conwy, serving sandwiches, pies, breads and cakes that are prepared daily. Indulge in various traditional and artisanal baked goods that are made to soft, fluffy perfection. Specialising in bread, there’s one for every occasion, making Tan Lan Bakery a favourite stop for bread-lovers.
Info: 01492 203522 / www.tanlanbakery.co.uk
595 Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff
Settled near the greenery of Victoria Park, Pettigrew Bakeries dish out a variety of delectable desserts and a combination of sweet and savoury baked goods. Find all your favourite baked classics made thoughtfully with a delicate twist. Tastefully decorated, the bakery features an open kitchen with loaves freshly baked right before you. Always filled with the aromatic scents of freshly baked bread, it’s hard not to drop in to sample their deliciously baked treats.
Info: 029 2132 1270 / www.pettigrew-bakeries.co.uk
BRØD – DANISH BAKERY AND COFFEE SHOP
126 Wyndham Crescent, Cardiff
No need to keep on dreaming about wolfing down soft, buttery Danish pastries in Copenhagen because the irresistible delicacies have made their way to Cardiff. Thanks to owner and Copenhagener Betina Skovbro, Brød serves up some of Denmark’s finest breads, pastries and cakes. A product of Betina’s longing for traditional Danish pastries, Brød remains wholly loyal to Danish baking culture with every alluring pastry taking on a Danish name and made accordingly to Danish recipes. Whether it’s Soandauer, Kanelstang or Æble Kamme, Brød will guarantee an authentic experience of Denmark’s finest foods.
Info: 029 2025 1822 / www.thedanishbakery.co.uk
LITTLE VALLEY BAKERY
Old Hay Barn, Gower Heritage Centre, Swansea
Despite its name, Little Valley Bakery packs a large and impressive menu. The menu rotates and promises the lucky Gower locals a weekly special and a different and exclusive choice of baked goods every week. Each artisan bread is made by hand with high quality ingredients that are locally sourced and uniquely flavoured. Also drumming up a sweet share of cakes, pies and rolls, Little Valley Bakery is ideal for those who have both a sweet tooth and love of fresh loaves.
Info: 01792 371346 / www.littlevalleybakery.com