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Our favourite local bakeries, in honour of the return of GBBO

Ten Wiltshire bakeries we love, because love is all you knead.

We really missed some of these guys during lockdown, and have a renewed appreciation that’s only increasing with the chill in the air.

Hobbs House Bakery, Malmesbury

Loving this Wiltshire branch of the Cotswold bakery, where everything is reliably top drawer. They’ve been baking handmade bread for over 100 years, so they know what they’re about. Our fave is the Sherston Overnight loaf (named after the village down the road), where only a tiny amount of yeast is used, and the rest exchanged for time, producing a white loaf of real flavour that keeps well and makes the best toast.

Wild Rye Sourdough, Trowbridge

Jess Robson is a one-woman band making real sourdough from local organic flour because, as she says, “Life is too short to eat terrible bread”. The cheese & marmite version is getting a rep around here, and her dark chocolate & seasalt sourdough cookies are, basically, crack. No surprise that she won Best Covid-Start Up in the Muddy Awards.

Landrace Bakery, Bath

People seriously travel to their Walcot Street shop for the speciality sourdough make from stoneground flour. We once met someone in Cornwall who went on holiday to Bath just to be near it. Also “the best bacon sandwich you’ll ever have” according to The Independent. You get the picture, people are hysterical about the place. It’s breakfast cinnamon plaits and a latte for us.

Pippin Doughnuts

These lovelies have gained something of a cult following in Bristol where they’re a market regular. Handmade in Swindon, Sunday is Pippin Doughnut day round here, when we like to pick them up from the chalet bakery at the Spotty Dog Farm Shop near Devizes or Swindon Farmer’s Market. Amazing flavours from the classic vanilla custard to the tropical lime & coconut.

The Gourmet Brownie Kitchen, Poulshot

This bakery and shop near Devizes makes brownies and blondies to die for, as well as tray bakes and some pretty gorgeous celebration cakes. We haven’t tried the Scream Egg yet, but will be making it a priority.

The Lacock Bakery

As picture-perfect as you would expect of the National Trust village where Harry Potter was filmed, the Lacock bakery is where you need to stop for snacks when sight-seeing the abbey. Bakes are suitably nostalgic, with great slabs of lardy cake (which originates in Wiltshire) and bread pudding. They’ve been going over 30 years, but keep up to date with additions such as sourdough (obvs) and gluten-free options.

The Bertinet Bakery, Bath

I know we’re sneaking over county borders again, but it’s worth the trip for their superlative, traditionally made bread. We also come for the almond croissants – each one could feed a family for breakfast. We say could. Their stuff is available at Christine’s Sustainable Supermarket in Bradford-on-avon (if you’re quick), as are lots of local artisan bakes.

Henderson’s Artisan Bakery & Cafe, Salisbury

Paul Henderson: one of Salisbury’s most popular traders

This indie occupies a pretty spot in the market square, with outdoor tables for a sunny cappuccino and pastry. Everything, from morning buns to afternoon cakes is made on the premises using organic flour and local ingredients where possible.

The Bunch of Grapes, Bradford-On-Avon

photo credit: Matt Inwood

When diversifying become a lock-down essential, this classy restaurant upped the baking and started a deli & takeaway. Luckily for us, now the restaurant is open the baking looks set to stay. The cinnamon knots are so melt-in-your-mouth we’re reluctant to share the love.

The Little Bakehouse, Devizes

This craft bakery is the Johns family business, and pleasingly old-school. Hungry Devizes workers love the flakey sausage rolls, pasties and custard slices on a pedestrian street in the centre of town. Traditional it may be, but they’re keeping up with the times, offering vegan options too.

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