We visit the ‘secret’ bakery cafe on a Bristol trading estate serving the best toasties in the city

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It’s close to the Bristol to Bath cycle path and popular with in-the-know locals

The Kingsland Trading Estate is still the place to go if you’re in need of emergency electrical supplies or a new windscreen, but there’s an even more enticing reason to visit.

At the far end, an old warehouse has been converted into Bakehouse, one of Bristol’s best-kept secrets.

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Of course, like all ‘best-kept secrets’ in the city, it’s no such thing. When I arrived mid-morning on Sunday, the place was packed inside and out. 

Part of the Bristol-born Cakesmiths bakery (they supply cakes and pastries to cafes all over the UK and abroad), Bakehouse is also close to the Bath to Bristol cycle path.

Which is probably why a large proportion of the customers on a baking hot morning were small groups of sweaty men in Lycra grabbing bacon rolls and sausage rolls before continuing their onward journey.

Bakehouse is part of Cakesmiths bakery which supplies cafes across the UKBakehouse is part of Cakesmiths bakery which supplies cafes across the UK
Bakehouse is part of Cakesmiths bakery which supplies cafes across the UK

The other customers were a mix of families with toddlers and locals relaxing on the sunny benches outside. 

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There was even a chap with an impressively trendy waxed handlebar moustache, but then this is an area growing more and more hipster as the old industrial parts of St Philips are cleared and regenerated into student apartments and craft beer breweries.

Open seven days a week, Bakehouse serves breakfast, lunch and cakes all day. You can also pop in to buy your sourdough loaves to take home.

The range of cakes at Bakehouse is impressiveThe range of cakes at Bakehouse is impressive
The range of cakes at Bakehouse is impressive

The counter of cakes was a feast for the eyes, with piles of brownies, blondies, billionaire’s shortbread, lemon drizzle and ‘Queen Vic’ - slices of Victoria sponge.

In the fridge, there were bowls of chicken and quinoa salad, Vietnamese tofu noodle salad and hot honey crispy chicken sandwiches.

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On the wall, a cluster of clipboards had other savoury items printed on brown paper, including halloumi and roast tomato sand and truffled mushroom toasties.

The ham and cheese toasties at Bakehouse are worth a detourThe ham and cheese toasties at Bakehouse are worth a detour
The ham and cheese toasties at Bakehouse are worth a detour

I went for the ham and Cheddar toastie (£6.25). I sipped my (decent) coffee as I waited for it to emerge from the toastie machine and my name called.

Served in an eco-friendly brown cardboard box with wooden cutlery, the thick slices of sourdough were glued together with a molten layer of strong and stringy cheese, generous pieces of good quality ham and leeks. It was the best I’ve had in Bristol - a real top drawer toastie.

Before leaving the Bakehouse, I bought a slice of lemon and blueberry cake for later in the day. It was light, zesty and packed with sharp bursts of blueberry.

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Bakehouse is off the beaten track but well worth the detour. It’s a real Bristol gem even though it’s becoming the worst-kept secret in town.

Bakehouse is open Mon-Fri 7.30am-4pm, Sat and Sun 8am-4pm.

Bakehouse at Cakesmiths, St Philips Road, Bristol, BS2 0JZ.

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