The Bakehouse on Nottingham’s Mansfield Road in Sherwood probably needs little introduction to local readers as in the year or so since they opened they have gone from strength to strength, nominated for, and winning, a variety of awards and winning plaudits from its customers and foodie types across the city and beyond.
The Bakehouse is an artisan bakery using traditional methods to create a range of delicious breads, cakes, biscuits and sweet and savoury bakes. The recipes focus on traditional techniques and ingredients.
It is the first solo venture of chef Craig Poynter and his wife Rosea – a café during the day and a micro-pub and occasional supper club in the evening.
We visited for breakfast and it was so phenomenally good, I needed to share. By 9 am , it was already filling up but we managed to grab the last table for 2. The breakfast menu features the old favourites (full English – meat or veggie version, bacon or sausage sandwich – using local award winning butcher Johnny Pusztai, natch) as well as more unusual offerings such as Truffle Scrambled Eggs on Toast or Toasted Sourdough with Warm Berries. From 12, the lunch menu kicks in with the likes of Baked Camembert with Rosemary and Truffle Oil, Pan roasted Mushrooms with White Wine and Cream, cheese and meat platters, salads, sandwiches, and of course, cakes. The menus have plenty of choice but are reassuring succinct – doing good things well is clearly the ethos and it works.
But I am really here to tell you about my breakfast… The FWH went for the healthy option of natural yoghurt topped with honey, mixed berries and seeds, which was excellent. The sort of thing you should probably eat every morning, enabling you to face the world with the holy glow that comes from a smugly nutritious breakfast.
Me? I went with the insanely delicious toasted banana bread with salt caramel bananas and coconut. Oh my God. I am salivating just thinking about it. This was so, so good. Sweet, sticky, with a light sponge that had a reassuringly crispy outside and moist and airy interior, a wonderful salty sweet sauce and soft, melting banana combination that was frankly better than…… well you know….
This is going down as one of the best breakfast dishes I have ever eaten. There, I said it. This alone is worth visiting for, honestly.