Northants 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? Fair enough! Put down that spatula and support these rising stars (geddit?).
It’s Bake Off season and boy are we ready for it this year. The televisual equivalent of an open fire and hearty bowl of stew, it warms our cockles. 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’, so here’s our pick of the best bakeries in Northants.
Born and Bread, Long Buckby and Daventry
Run by bother and sister duo Ali and Libby, this amazing artisan bakery started out in the village of Long Buckby and recently branched out to a second bakery and cafe on Daventry’s buzzing Sheaf Street. We don’t reckon you’ll find a better sourdough loaf or croissant anywhere in the shire. These guys are the real deal.
Limes Farm, Farthinghoe
Every good tea room and farm shop needs a decent bakery behind it, and Limes Farm bake their bread cakes, pastries and tray bakes right here on the farm, where there’s been a bakery in action since medieval times. You can linger in the café or order to take out. From moist muffins to tasty tarts, quiches and sausage rolls, there’s not a soggy bottom in sight.
The Good Loaf, Northampton and Kettering
A dead cert for a Hollywood handshake, The Good Loaf is a bakery and social enterprise rolled into one heavenly cinnamon bun. Everything is made with locally sourced produce including flour from Heygates and oil from Farrington’s but that’s not all, they also provide disadvantaged women with employment opportunities to help break the cycle of poverty and offending using structured work placements and apprenticeships.
We love this super-friendly bakery set in a converted barn. There’s a cosy tea room attached where you can indulge in handmade treats fresh from the oven (stretchy waistbands ahoy for the iced doughnuts), or just pop in for your daily loaf. There’s a huge variety available and you can even order click and collect which, quite honestly, might be safer than actually setting foot inside if, like me, baked goods are your downfall.
The Little Bakery of Happiness, Wellingborough
One for the gluten-free tribe, The Little Bakery of Happiness produces coeliac-safe goodies that actually taste good, from pies and sausage rolls to brownies and muffins. Started in 2013 after founder Vicky discovered she had coeliac disease, they’ve gone from strength to strength and boast a clutch of awards too.
Magee Street Bakery, Northampton
Magee Street Bakery is a one stop brekkie shop for freshly baked goods. Egg and bacon rolls on homemade 24 hour fermented sourdough, Pain du Magee and locally roasted coffee from Carrara Coffee will see you right at this gorgeously cool neighbourhood gaff.
The Copper Kitchen, Roade
Want your treats delivered to your door? That’s a yes. If you’re celebrating a special occasion or just fancy treating yourself to something a bit extra, The Copper Kitchen will deliver their cakes, canapés and vintage afternoon teas direct to your door and they do the most stunning celebration cakes. Deffo our Star Baker.
Honeywell Biscuit Co., Elkington
From seasonal baking kits to beaut biscuits that come packaged up and delivered through the letterbox, we are big fans or Honeywell, as their stunning biccies, cakes and breads make gorgeous gifts either made up and ready to scoff, or as a fun kids activity. Plus they are always perfectly pretty.
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