I was in Bristol on Friday night, but sadly, my schedule left no time for exploring the city. However, a girl’s gotta eat…. and as breakfast is the most important meal of the day, we decided to eschew the uninspiring buffet at our budget hotel and headed out to find something a little more exciting. Our train back to London was at 10am, and as we didn’t want get up super early on the Saturday morning, we needed somewhere fairly close to Bristol Temple Meads station. So Hart’s Bakery was mainly chosen for it’s location.
Proximity to a railway station does not always bode well for great quality food, but this lovely artisan bakery was a real find. Situated in a large Victorian railway arch underneath Station Approach, it couldn’t be more convenient for the station. However, if you didn’t know that the bakery was there it would be very easy to miss, which would be a real shame. If you are coming straight from the station, you can reach Hart’s Bakery via a metal staircase that leads down to Lower Approach Road, you will find the staircase opposite the main exit/entrance (just to your left if your back is to the station).
Once inside you will find a busy working bakery, all of the products sold here are prepared and baked on site. For breakfast there is a mouth-watering selection of croissants and pastries, hand made and fresh from the oven every morning. They also sell a wide variety of cakes, biscuits, muffins and other sweet treats to have with your morning coffee.
I prefer a savory breakfast, so had one of their Sourdough Cheese Toastie. The hot breakfast selection wasn’t huge, but everything I tried was delicious.
My husband went for Sourdough French Toast which had been wrapped in Bacon, then baked in the oven. A fantastic idea and something I plan to try at home sometime. I have found a similar (if slightly more indulgent) recipe on Recipe Tin Eats. The idea of serving this with Maple syrup, sounds heavenly!
For Lunch they have daily changing menu of pies, tarts, pasties and sausage rolls, which start coming out of the oven at 10:30 am. On weekdays they also do a daily lunch special, created from fresh seasonal ingredients and served from midday. I have heard that their pasties are particularly good, and had wanted to try one when I arrived in Bristol (the previous afternoon). But sadly I got there just after they closed at 3pm.
Hart’s Bakery don’t currently open in the evenings, but I did notice that they have occasional supper clubs and have played host to a pop up pizza restaurant, which is an excellent use of the space and ovens when the bakery is closed.
They also occasionally host a couple of foodie workshops, Cutting the Curd for cheese making and a butchery workshop covering Everything but the oink where you can learn to make sausages, bacon, ham and all things piggy.
Of course, we couldn’t resist bringing home a freshly baked loaf of their super seedy sourdough bread. It was still warm when we popped it into our luggage, and so fresh and delicious when we finally tucked into it later that evening. We also treated ourselves to to a jar of their Marmalade.
If you are in the Bristol area or heading that way, I definitely recommend a trip to Hart’s Bakery…..my husband thinks it would be worth the journey just to come here alone! Although that’s a pretty long commute for a loaf of bread.