The Bertinet Bakery - Bath
Happy New Year everybody! I hope you all had a fabulous time celebrating over the festive period and are having a great start to 2016 already. I thought what better way to begin my first blog of the new year than with celebrating cakes, caramel salted brownies, mountains of freshly baked focaccia breads and perfectly baked pastries! So, let me introduce you to your new best friend...The Bertinet Bakery, which should appear on every street corner (especially mine!) However, us lucky Bathonian's have three fabulous Bertinet Bakery shops to frequent, and you'll find them on St Andrew's Terrace (image below), New Bond Street, and in Brunel Square (close to Bath Spa train station).
Completely charming and bursting to the seams with delicious, seasonal homemade treats of every variety! If you are local to Bath, I am sure you too have tried and tested many of those delicious pastries and selected your favourites, as have I (the salted caramel chocolate brownies are particularly good!). But, for those of you who may be visiting our Georgian city for a weekend, then all you will need to do is follow your nose to the homely smell of freshly baked breads and pastries wafting through the busy streets of Bath!
If you are a Bathonian, then I don't have to tell you how delicious those morning pastries taste alongside a piping hot cuppa... Scott and I make every effort to stop by on Saturday mornings to pick up a handful of freshly baked almond croissants, pain au chocolat and a selection of warm (just out the oven) breads to enjoy over the weekend, (although admittedly, they often don't make it past lunch time on Saturday!).
The Bertinet Bakery was established in 2005 and originally set up by French celebrity chef and baker, Richard Bertinet. Still a cookery school today, The Bertinet Bakery began life above the school's premises. You'll find the cookery school just behind busy George Street, around the corner from the lovely Claytons Kitchen @ The Porter. (The following images have been taken at the bakery on St Andrew's Terrace).
It is such a lovely experience to step into an independent bakers such as The Bertinet Bakery and be welcomed by happy, helpful staff. You'll find fresh focaccia bread, rustic walnut bread, plump ciabatta loaves, raisin & caraway rye sourdough, almond pain aux chocolat, plain and almond croissants and salted caramel brownies of course...
... And this is to name but a few of the freshly baked breads, pastries, viennoiserie and savoury treats that are created from The Bertinet Bakery kitchens on St Andrews Terrace.
You may even find complimentary treats to sample whilst you shop...
Due to popular demand, the bakery opened on Saturday mornings in 2007. By 2011, the bakery branched out to open a pop-up shop in the Podium. However, due to popular demand, the cookery school and bakery has expanded in recent years to include two shops in the centre of Bath. The first is located on Brunel Square (as mentioned previously) and is conveniently located close to Bath Spa train station, ideal if you fancy a delicious snack on your journey out of Bath. This venue also provides a great spot to enjoy a freshly brewed coffee and pastry outside in the square which is ideal in the summer months. The second bakery recently opened its doors on New Bond Street.
Richard Bertinet also supplies a number of local shops, restaurants and hotels. I recently stayed at the Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa in Bath and over breakfast enjoyed a selection of freshly baked pastries and breads supplied by The Bertinet Bakery.
I have some exciting news for non residents of Bath... You may find a Bertinet Bakery near your! A selection of the Bertinet Bakery pastries and breads are stocked in Waitrose in Reading, Sunningdale, Twyford, Wallingford and Yateley. So, keep a look out the next time you go to your local supermarket (as long as it's Waitrose!) for the best croissants in the country!
If you would like to master baking the perfect croissant or foccacia bread, then you are in luck! Richard Bertinet and his teaching brigade offer a range of fun and informal cookery and bread making classes for everybody to enjoy. For more information about the cookery school, including classes, prices and availability, please head over here.
Now, back to that cup of tea and croissant...