Six bakeries you knead to visit
Doughnuts and sourdough boules, a trip to a decent bakery often means you end up with some wonderful carby goodness. Check out our pick of top bakers across the region.
As The Great British Bake Off comes to a close for 2018 and we bid adieu to Noel’s amazing shirt collection, the one thing we just can’t say goodbye to is all that amazing baked deliciousness – and nor should you have to.
Hampshire and the Isle of Wight have some utterly brilliant bakeries and whether you want a fluffy iced doughnut or a just-baked sourdough boule to go with your weekend brunch, these are some top independent places to grab yourself a loaf. Move over Hollywood, you’ve got some stiff competition.
The Bakehouse, Brockenhurst
Tucked away in Brockenhurst is The Bakehouse. This little bakeshop is steeped with history with Master Baker Steve Jose’s family having over 200 years of kneading and proofing under their apron. In fact, it’s such a family affair two of his kids work there too. All their meat and products included in their pastry is locally sourced, and I have it on good authority they do a wonderful sausage roll.
Bread Addiction, Southsea
Carbs are addictive and so is looking at the wares that Bread Addiction serves up to the community in Southsea. With their slick look and drool-worthy Instagram feed, you can expect artisanal loaves and handcrafted pastries. They also have a section on their menu dedicated to “Feel Good Foods” – we’ll take ALL of those, please.
This little bakery is particularly known for its sourdough, but also has a whole host of bread, cakes and pastries on offer. Inside the aesthetic is crisp and clean with a rustic wooden counter that displays its wares. As well as the cafe and bakery, BakeHouse24 also hosts a monthly pizza pop-up event transforming that sourdough speciality with an Italian twist. Yum, yum, yum.
Hoxton Bakehouse, Winchester & Southampton
Edgy Shoreditch vibe in a Hampshire based bakery? Oooh yes, please! There’s no need to trek up to the Smoke as the team behind Hoxton Bakehouse has delivered the goods right down to the south coast. You can pop into its Winchester or Southampton spots to pick up Nordic buns, cruffins and spelt loaves without needing to adopt a hipster uniform.
Heidi’s Swiss Patisserie, Hayling Island
Heidi’s has nine spots dotted around Hampshire and their cakes and patisseries come with a pretty good lineage. The shop in Hayling Island is the original and was set up in 1969 by founder, Ernst Strassman. Named for his daughter (who still runs the place to this day), Ernst was for a time the Head Patissier at Fortnum & Mason before moving to the south. It’s a lot more chilled out nowadays, but it’s still filled with tasty cream cakes and decadent pastries that are worth ruining any diet for.
The Island Bakers, Newport
Do not let this little bakery fool you. The team behind The Island Bakers have serious (and we mean SERIOUS) bread pedigrees. John and Helen have both worked at Buckingham Palace and their CV includes names and places such as Gordon Ramsey, Michel Roux, Marcus Waering, The Savoy Grill… you get the picture. They have since brought their mad baking skills to the Island where they run their own bakery in Newport, as well as providing numerous spots across the county. This is definitely the Upper Crust (I’ll get my coat).