Opened a year ago this month, Bakesmiths has to be one of the most exciting ventures to have graced Whiteladies Road in recent years. The brainchild of Tom Batlle and Mike Thorne, two of the team behind the successful St Philips baking company Cakesmiths, Bakesmiths offers all your favourite brunch classics, each with an interesting twist.
If it’s breakfast or brunch you’re looking for I would recommend going for one of the ‘Topped Toasts’ options. Here, the team takes the traditional combination of toast and topping and moves it to the next level, piling artisan bread high with delicious (and predominantly locally-sourced) ingredients. A particular recommendation would be the Chorizo & Eggs, which combines spiced Lliada chorizo, homemade pesto, giant garlic ciabatta croutons, vine-ripened tomatoes, rocket and two-poached eggs, all for the tidy sum of £8.50.
Although perhaps slightly on the pricey side, the other food options (including hot pressed sandwiches at £5.25), appear just as promising. If the price is putting you off, head down before 10am Monday-Friday to enjoy any of the ‘Benedicts’ (Bakesmiths’ cover term for Eggs Royale/ Benedict/ Florentine /Catalan) for just £5.
If it’s a sweet treat you’re looking for, you will have a hard choice to make from the tempting array. On my first visit, I was lucky enough to bag a Caramel Slice for just £1, and the level of deliciousness was enough to draw me back for the two days following. If taking afternoon coffee and cake, it is primarily for the cake that you will go to Bakesmiths; the coffee, at £2.55 for a slightly disappointing Americano, is perhaps the café’s weakest point.
The spacious layout and creative atmosphere makes the café the ideal workspot. With gorgeous high ceilings and huge windows, the place is always light, even it is a typically grey British day outside. With ample room, the café creates the sense of a studio space that fosters a creative vibe. It’s perfect for any student wishing to find an alternative to the cramped environment of university workspaces.
There is also a large and airy room upstairs that can be rented to groups of up to 24 people for any purpose, for £40 for a half-day. It seems ideal for meetings, cooking demonstrations (it has its own kitchen), networking events, photo-shoots or product launches.
65 Whiteladies Road
+44 7535 607 061
Photos by Hester Underhill