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It Doesn’t Get Much Better Than These Artisan Bakeries and Patisseries…

Sales of convenience foods may be on the rise in the UK but, reassuringly, just as many artisan bakeries seem to be popping up. In fact, the number of new establishments opening across the UK has grown by 20 per cent in the last year alone, and this baking boom thankfully looks set to continue. While this means we might have to queue that little bit longer for our Saturday morning sourdough fix, it’s more than worth the effort. Here are some of our favourite destinations…

Pump Street Bakery, Orford, Suffolk

This small, family-run bakery and café in the idyllic village of Orford, Suffolk, has been making quite the name for itself in recent years, and with reason – their sourdough is frankly outstanding! Their Eccles cakes, packed with sticky fruit and dusted off with a sugary coating are also to die for, as are their sausage rolls. Chocolate lovers will be happy to hear Pump Street stocks plenty of their award-winning bean to bar chocolate on-site, so don’t forget to to pick up a bar of their delectable Sourdough & Sea Salt while you’re there. You can devour your goodies in their café or courtyard, but we’d also recommend taking a short stroll to the scenic river Alde, takeaway Monmouth coffee in hand. pumpstreetbakery.com

Bread Ahead, Borough Market, London

Even if you haven’t tried one, you’ll no doubt have seen Bread Ahead’s iconic doughnuts all over social media. Oozing with standout fillings such as caramel custard with salted caramel and chocolate malt, it’s no wonder their doughnuts are so popular. The bread, baked on the premises at their bakery in Cathedral street is just as impressive, as are their white tin loaves, focaccia and ciabatta. breadahead.com

Baltic Bakehouse, Liverpool

Producing award-winning bread and cakes in the centre of Liverpool, Baltic Bakery is just the place if you’re looking to devour some handmade bakes along with a cup of high quality coffee (the cafetieres even come with a timer so you can set the perfect brew!). The Baltic Bakehouse vary their loaves regularly, so be sure to check their online baking schedule if there’s a particular variety you fancy – the Baltic Wild is said to sell like hot cakes! The cake selection is a rather impressive affair too; we love the crack pie, a gooey, toffee custard filled pie on a crunchy vanilla base. Their traditional almond Bakewell tart, covered in flaked almonds, is also delicious. balticbakehouse.co.uk

Mr T.G Pullin’s Bakery, Bristol

This family-run bakery has been baking since 1925, when they used to feed their pet pigs any leftover bread. Today, they have shops in Clevedon and Yatton and have been selling at Bristol’s Farmer’s Market on Corn Street for the past 20 years. The team also specialise in gluten-free baking and make some of the best trillionaire’s shortbread slices we’ve ever tasted. Conveniently, you can place orders directly on their website and they’ll deliver freshly-baked bread straight to your door – what more could you ask for? pullinsbakers.co.uk

GAIL’s Artisan Bakery, London and beyond

GAIL’s has come a long way since opening its first bakery in Hampstead in 2005; they now have over 35 shops across London as well as Hove, Farnham and Oxford. From the sweetest cinnamon buns to the most satisfying handmade sausage rolls, GAIL’s offers something for everyone – just don’t blame us if you happen to stay there for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea! gailsbread.co.uk

Thomas The Baker, Across Yorkshire

For a true taste of Yorkshire, we love the down-to-earth charm of Thomas The Baker. As well as offering a fantastic selection of cakes and bread, Thomas The Baker is also home to wonderful assortment of pies and pasties, all encased in a crisp, flaky pastry that’s a sworn family secret. Don’t miss their sweet mince pies either, they’re available all year round! thomasthebaker.co.uk

Two Magpies, Southwold, Suffolk

With a window piled high with fresh-from-the-oven treats, this bakery certainly knows how to draw in the crowds. In fact, it’s nigh on impossible to saunter down the high street of this quaint coastal town without stopping in. The menu changes regularly, but it’s their trademark cinnamon swirls, fruity friands and sourdough toasties that are the talk of the town. Two Magpies also cook sourdough pizza on a Saturday night – just be sure to order yours early as unsurprisingly, it sells out quickly! twomagpiesbakery.co.uk

Warrens Bakery, Cornwall

Cornwall’s oldest bakery will always have a place in our hearts, as will their famous pasties – which are still hand-crimped in spite of supplying over 50 stores across Cornwall, Devon and Somerset. You don’t want to miss their impressive scones either. As well as classic fruit, they also bake lemon and blueberry, blue cheese and fig, and even salted caramel versions! warrensbakery.co.uk

Hobbs House Bakery, The Cotswolds

It’s hardly surprising that Hobbs House Bakery is home to some of the best sourdough in the Cotswolds as the family-run business has been at it since the 1980s. What’s more, they now have five different bakeries to their name in Chipping Sodbury, Nailsworth, Tetbury, Malmesbury and now Bristol. Queues for their sourdough (which is made with a 61 year old starter) and hikers fruit bars are as long as ever, but don’t let that put you off. Top of our Christmas list this year is the Hobbs House brownie subscription; we can’t think of anything better than receiving a monthly panibois (approximately six pieces) through our letterbox! hobbshousebakery.co.uk