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Local 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 9 drool-worthy bakeries instead.

It’s Bake Off season and boy are we ready for it this year – the reliability of great bakes (now common parlance thanks to GBBO!), good humour, and pure simple TV-shaped joy… 

GBBO is one of my favourite shows 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 Warwickshire.

MOR Bakery & Kitchen, Stratford-upon-Avon

Muddy Award finalists MOR Bakery opened during the pandemic and have won a legion of local fans. Their huge pastries are the perfect naughty morning pick me up and if you haven’t tried one of their Cruffins yet (yes that’s a croissant and a muffin rolled into one ball of fluffy doughy goodness) – what are you waiting for? They’re just about to open their second store up the road in Chipping Norton too.

The Steamhouse, Leamington Spa

Homemade bagels and doughnuts tickle your fancy? Us too. You’re not going to find better than these guys. They started their first store in Leamington five years ago and you can still find locals queuing out the door for a fix. They’ve now got branches in Worcester and Redditch, and a doughnut truck (I want a doughnut truck!). They have a team of bakers working round the clock so stores are stocked up fresh each morning with bagels, doughnuts, cookies and brownies but still manage to sell out most days – yes, they’re that popular.

Haddie and Trilby, Leamington Spa

These guys are serious about their bread. The team hand make their loaves on site with quality, local ingredients, specialised know-how and a no-rush attitude – with slowly fermented bread taking up to three days to make. The results are pretty special, which is why they often sell out, but any leftovers are donated to charity. Its flagship store is a little out of town on Regent Street and takes online orders only, so bear that in mind if you’re nipping out on your lunch break. If you’d rather pop in they’ve just opened ‘Wilhelmina’, a second store and café on Portland Street. 

Proof, Coventry

Here at Muddy we’ve got a lot of time for Proof Bakery. Not only are they making awesome sourdough bread, focaccia and Middle Eastern inspired cakes, they’re training and hiring refugees as bakers. They aim to provide a sense of dignity, purpose and belonging on training courses and then hire as many refugees as possible or help newly-qualified bakers find employment elsewhere using their new skills. Buy boxes of bread and treats online and have them delivered to your door, there’s also subscription boxes or the option to buy bread to donate to local foodbanks. 

Gayton’s Bakery, Grendon

This family-run bakery has been passed down through four generations, so what they don’t know about bread and cakes, probably ain’t worth knowin’. You’ll find their bread sold all over North Warwickshire and used by loads of businesses; it’s mouth-wateringly good. But they also have their flagship bakery selling sweet treats and loaves. Make sure you stop by and pick up some of their baps (or buns – we know, this is a contentious topic!) 

Thirteen, Warwick

Small craft bakery Thirteen is all about traditional methods to create soft, crunchy bread and treats. They keep The Deli stocked up to create sandwiches stuffed with fillings, and former Muddy Award winners Dough & Brew in supplies too. Stock up on their homemade croissants for a weekend breakfast treat.

Angel’s Cakery, Nuneaton

If you’ve got a sweet tooth this is the place for you. Statement cakes, cookies, brownies and blondies galore in an Insta-worthy bakery. They’ve just branched out into dessert deliveries too if you deserve an extra treat (which, obvs you do.)

Andrew Davies Bakery, Kenilworth

This bakery has been a Kenilworth staple since 1997 and everything is cooked up in their impressive on-site kitchen using local ingredients. Not only do they have a legion of fans in the town, but there’s also hoards of businesses who use their buns. The grab and go pasties and gourmet sausage rolls are not to be sniffed at either. 

Harry’s Bakery, Bedworth

For an old fashioned bakery with the sort of charm you remember from your childhood, you could do a lot worse than turning up here. Expect traybakes, brownies, eccles cakes, flapjacks and tiny treats for the children such as gingerbread men. Traditional breads line the shelves too with some continental offerings. Carby heaven.

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