I first became aware of Laura Hart several years ago, when a friend pushed a Portuguese style custard tart in my direction.
“Try this,” she said. “I think you’ll like it.”
Well Laura was the baker of that wonderful creation and many years on, her bakery / café next to Temple Meads station is one of my favourite places in Bristol.
For the first time visitor it’s not the easiest place to find. It’s situated underneath the elevated road leading to the entrance of Temple Meads station. You may well feel that you are in the wrong place as you tentatively edge towards the grandiose Parisian style Bristol & Exeter House but follow the signs, and your nose (!) and you shall be rewarded with a wonderful foodie experience.
There are few finer things in life than sitting at the café’s simple table’s, munching on one of the bakeries amazing cinnamon buns. From here you can watch the open plan bakery in all its flour-dusted glory. Staff buzz around pulling ever more tempting creations from ovens, displaying them beautifully, teasing you back to the till for just one more treat.
It’s virtually impossible to buy just one thing in this temple of delights. In addition to beautiful bread and sublime sweet treats they also make sumptuous savouries. The range changes regularly but those all important custard tarts still feature at the end of every week!
If you can’t get to the bakery itself, their website contains details of an ever expanding list of stockists around Bristol. Hopefully one will be close to you. Even if it is, try to make time to visit the hidden treasure, that is the bakery.
I'll nip back to get another picture when the doors are open, I know i won't come away empty handed!