The Bakehouse – Café – Nottingham (Sherwood)
I actually know the young couple who own The Bakehouse, despite this I haven’t managed to go since they opened in November. They have all the hallmarks of somewhere that I would like, they have a café, bakery and gin evenings. They have also started doing more serious food once every few months and have recently started live music offerings. It sits at one of the several crests of Mansfield Road lying at the top of the strip of shops and eateries that is home to Ginza and Ania. I popped in just after midday, its handful of tables were packed. Space is at a premium here so I waited a few minutes between displays of cakes and bread, my hunger growing.
To start with the coffee is very good, a specialist barista has been drafted in alongside the excellent 200 degrees beans which they use. I was in a lunchtime mood so homemade soup and a sausage roll took my fancy. The soup was served with a couple of hefty lumps of wholemeal bread. A thick, hearty leek and potato number hit the spot, particularly on a miserable February day. I would have liked like a higher proportion of leek flavour and whilst £5.50 is a little steep you could easily have just this as a light lunch.
Whilst I didn’t need it in the end I certainly had no regrets about the sausage roll. There isn’t too much meat on the menu here but what they have is sourced from award winning local butcher Johnny Pusztai. It looked the part. Beautifully golden and shiny on top, served with a pot of brown sauce. The pastry was great and the flavours strong in both the earthy black pudding and fragrant fennel seeds. For £3.50 it again seemed on the pricey side on the face of it but I would definitely come for another.
£8 for a soup and drink is not far away from what you will pay for a pre-packed sandwich and coffee at any of the well-known national chains. I might (deludedly?) have hoped a local Sherwood café would come in a little cheaper but I know where I would rather go. The atmosphere was nice and the food better than your usual provider of roast beans. The Bakehouse also has lofty ambitions and I look forward to trying out on of their serious food evenings, the signs of quality are already there.
Restaurant website: https://www.facebook.com/thebakehousenotts