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9 Drool-worthy bakeries in Glos & Worcs

Bake Off is back on TV so time to drag out the food mixer. Can't be bothered? Fair enough! Put down that spatula and support these 9 drool-worthy bakeries instead.

It’s Bake Off season and boy are we ready for it this year. With hours of guaranteed ‘great bakes’, it’s the televisual equivalent of an open fire, hearty bowl of stew and big hug on a chilly September day.

If it’s giving you a hankering for pastries and cakes with ‘a good crumb’ here’s our pick of the best bakeries in Glos & Worcs … see you there.

Knead, Cirencester

This is the kind of bakery that makes you drive miles for that pastry you just can’t stop thinking about. Started up during lockdown by expert baker Kris, stock up on your rosemary Focaccia, filled doughnuts – including the signature salted caramel and honeycomb doughnuts – filled croissants, cookies and more.

Baker and Graze, Cheltenham

This award-winning bakery and cafe has a funky industrial feel and is well placed in the middle of the pretty streets of Tivoli near Cheltenham town centre. Get your coffees, sourdough bread, pastries and doughnuts here, or come for a fantastic brunch.

Hetty’s Kitchen, Stroud and Gloucester

Love brownies? You’ll be in 7th heaven here. Brownie baker Hetty bakes fresh and seasonally, by hand, in small batches with the carefully sourced ingredients that are fair trade or from local farmers in Gloucestershire as much as possible. Find her at her new market stall at Five Valleys in Stroud where you can choose from mouthwatering recipes from Turkish Delight to Blondies and Salted Caramel.

Edible Art, Cheltenham

Top UK pastry chef Damien Wager is the man behind Edible Art and some of the most amazing patissiere you’ll ever eat. Located in a lovely quiet courtyard in Montpellier, the place raises cake to the next level, choose from a selection of beautifully-crafted pastries and dreamy desserts, including tarts, macarons and petit gateaux.

Hobbs House Bakery, Tetbury and Nailsworth

Founded in the 1920s, Hobbs House has two bakeries in Tetbury and Nailsworth, as well as nearby Chipping Sodbury, Malmesbury and Bristol. Nip in for one of their famous sourdough loaves or pastries, or get your bread delivered to your breakfast table.

The Artisan Baker, Stroud

Headed up by author-baker extraordinaire Ori Hellerstein, this amazing bakery is fully organic. Try the freshly baked olive bread *a Muddy fave*, or their organic apple danishes and pecan and oat cookies. Handcrafted fresh bread, pastries and cakes on site every single day.

Brew and Bake, Leckhampton

Homemade bakes, cakes and rolls made from scratch? Brew & Bake on Bath Road in Cheltenham is a coffee shop and bakery famous for its carbs. Dip in for a pick me up, its bakery selection changes on a daily basis. Expect the delicious sounding Chinese hoisin rolls, Creme Egg brownies, Biscoff blondies, gingerbread millionaire’s shortbread and more.

Three Bears Bakery, Welland, Worcs

A finalist in the Muddy Awards for Best Food Producer 2021 Three Bears bakery whips up treats available to purchase weekly through the online store, at regular farmers markets and foodie events throughout Worcestershire and the Cotswolds, as well as being open for bespoke orders and monthly home deliveries. A must if you’re after artisan treats made in small batches.

Salt Bakehouse, Dursley, Painswick and the Cotswolds

Raspberry chocolate croissants, Babka buns, almond croissants, peanut butter chocolate croissants … got you hungry yet?! The Salt Bakehouse is one of the best bakeries in the country. Find them serving up all your favourites in Dursley, Stroud, Nympsfield, Frampton Mansell and every Thursday morning in the centre of Painswick with a mobile goodies truck.

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