Caroline Jack, Communications Officer at Bath Abbey, recommends her favourite cafes in Bath for sweet treats, and discusses the Great Bath Bake Sale event on 3rd October 2015…
As eager participants in the Great Bath Feast, it wouldn’t be conscientious of us not to have not done our homework before the main event! I’ve been happily trawling Bath’s finest cafes and bakeries in search of the perfect coffee and cake experience…
1) For the stunning views and homemade cakes, I highly recommend the National Trust tea shed in Prior Park Gardens on the Bath Skyline. It’s a lovely little spot looking out onto the lake and Palladian Bridge, one of only four in the world. I come here with my dog for a well-deserved treat after a trek round the accompanying Skyline. Their cakes are handpicked from a farmhouse in Dorset apparently. I personally can’t say no to their Victoria Sponge – sometimes the classics are the best.
2) For sweet treats right in the heart of the city that are also good for the soul, I have chosen a real hidden gem and personal favourite of our Footprint Director. Just up the road from Bath Abbey, opposite Waitrose, sits St Michaels Without – a beautiful Gothic church with awe-inspiring architecture. With seasonal produce locally sourced and soups from the Bath Soup Company, this unassuming little cafe in very dramatic surroundings feels like a very special place to while away the hours. The coffee and walnut cake is too good to pass up.
3) Finally, many a Saturday afternoon has been spent ambling around Green Park Station farmer’s market. This eclectic band of local independent food producers provide a heady mix for any foodie… finely roasted coffee or mulled cider if you are so inclined around Christmas time, cakes, pastries, patisseries, fresh fruit, veg, fish and meat. It is very easy to spend a small fortune here, there’s so much temptation!
Here at Bath Abbey our mouths are already watering at the prospect of next month. In any spare time we can find, we’ve been kneading, proofing, whipping, tempering and glazing our way to perfect bakes in anticipation of the this year’s Great Bath Bake Sale; avidly following the BBC Great British Bake Off for Mary and Paul’s clues on how to avoid soggy bottoms and dipping middles!
Our Great Bath Bake Sale on 3rd October is back due to popular demand. Following on from the success of last year’s event, we’re once again opening our doors to the city’s bakers to cram the Abbey full of sweet and savoury delights. With show stopping masterpieces on display, kid’s free bread making workshop and cake decorating tips from the best, this year’s Bake Sale will be a fun foodie heaven.
Proceeds raised go to Bath Abbey Footprint Project, Bath Foodcycle and FareShare SouthWest. So if you would like to enjoy the best of Bath’s baking scene and raise money for a good cause, please come along, on 3rdOctober, 11am-3pm.
You can also get involved and share your support on our Facebook page here.