Just a stones throw from the BBC building and almost opposite the Everyman Cinema on Whiteladies Road in Bristol, sits Bakesmiths in a prominent corner building. It claims they are the only micro bakery in Bristol. They endeavour, wherever possible, to source local produce and create all products onsite from scratch – freshly every day.
There is also proved a great meeting room-photo-studio and test kitchen-workshop for hire. What a great idea, and one to remember if you're looking for a creative space away from your usual work environment!
How have I never been here before until now? I literally live in walking distance of this place. Probably because our usual go-to cafe is literally on our doorstep. So laziness, basically. It's just a few doors down but then there are such a plethora of incredible eateries in this area (in the whole of Bristol in fact) it wouldn't be hard to miss it. Something tells me I'm not done with this place yet.
So what were the nice bits, my nit picks and the final verdict?
The building is set on two floors of big open space with high ceilings and lots of light. There is plenty of seating for large groups as well as small, or individuals like me wanting a spot of lunch whilst tapping away on their laptop tucked away. The latter you find mainly upstairs, away from it all.
Bakesmiths has something for everyone, suitable for vegan and gluten free diets to those who want to feast on meat and cheese. It's a Flexitarians dream. You can purchase bread onsight and there is an open, bakery where all the baking magic happens.
I came here with an open mind, not fancying anything in particular. And what a menu to choose from. I think it's one of the most ambitious Flexitarian menus that I've see for a long time. I'll admit it was difficult to choose what to have, but the dish that stood out for me was on their brunch menu - Mushroom, Kale and Red Onions on Baked Sweet Potato and Avocado Hollandaise on top. It was the Avocado Hollandaise that sold it for me, never being a lover of regular hollandaise and a lover of all things avocado. And it did not disappoint. It was absolutely delicious!
The staff were really lovely, clearly passionate about coffee and set their standards high. I had a long conversation about the delights of oat milk in coffee. They told me how they had tried and tested several different brands until they found one that frothed up as good as cows milk. And it really did. If you've never tried it, you must.
The tall ceilings and big windows are great at giving a sense of space and light, but the drawback of that is it is rather noisy and echoey. It can be disorientating if you're sensitive to noise. For a quieter experience, or if you want to get on with some work head upstairs to a more peaceful, intimate space.
I will certainly be coming back for second helpings. It was hard to choose from the menu because it all looked so good, especially for a flexitarian like me! Whatever your dietary requirement are there is something for everyone. See you soon Bakesmiths!