Somerset: Harts Bakery

One of my favorite places to start the day in Bristol is Harts Bakery – but get there early !  Situated under the railway arches near Bristol Temple Meads train station it is popular with locals and visitors who love great bread and pastries made by bakers who share the same passion.

We stopped by in mid-October and even early on a Saturday morning, there was already a queue and all tables of their small coffee shop, except one, were taken. We ordered a cinnamon bun, a plain croissant, an almond croissant as well as drinks.  Their croissants are enormous, extremely light, not too buttery and absolutely delicious!

Whenever I go to a new bakery I like to test out their cinnamon buns because each bakery has its own ‘take’ on them. Some are more brioche-like in texture, others are a little more flakey, some are sticky on top, others are coated in sugar and they can vary wildly in how cinnamony are they.  Harts Bakery’s cinnamon buns are very light, coated in sugar and just perfect for my Saturday breakfast.

Hart’s Bakery has a lovely buzz to it. As we enjoyed our breakfast, we watched the steady flow of people coming in for their morning bread, pastries and coffee- many as takeaways. We also watched the bakers busily preparing the lunch specials. The staff are delightful and they produce a broad range of pastries, sourdough breads, cakes, savories and traybakes. Hart’s Bakery also produces their own jams and chutneys and sells eggs from Stream Farm, based in Bridgewater.