From brioche to brownies, these bakeries have got you covered.
The Great British Bake Off has returned and if you don’t fancy heading to the kitchen to bake, or just want to eat all the cake and bread now, then head to these Birmingham bakeries. From crusty loaves of bread to fusion favourites like cruffins, you won’t be leaving these bakeries empty handed or on an empty stomach.
This bakery in the centre of Birmingham is one of the only bakeries in the city with a gallery. So you can enjoy an exhibition as well some exquisite cakes. The building that Medicine Bakery is situated in was previously home to the Royal Society of Birmingham Artists and has a dazzling interior. You won’t miss Medicine as you pass the thick, ornate wooden double doors at the entrance. As well as an array of beautifully-decorated and delicious cronuts, cruffins and croissants, Medicine also serves brunch so you can enjoy their own baked bread and pastries as part of the meal. There is also a Medicine located in Codsall, Wolverhampton.
69a New Street, B2 4DU
South of Birmingham in Kings Heath, The Early Bird Bakery have got their pastries down to a fine art. And the flavours are incredible! The bakery serves delightful pastries including Snickers twice baked pain au chocolat, apricot and matcha brioche, BBQ pineapple and coconut crème pât Danish and peanut butter and raspberry éclair. This bakery just keeps on giving as you can order one (or more if you like) of their tasty tarts from their online shop. Tart options include chocolate, peanut and caramel or pear frangipane. The bakery also serves brunch serving dishes like ‘Nduja scrambled eggs, toasted croissant, morcilla iberica, slow roast peppers, goats cheese, almond & chives. The bakery is also used as a pop-up restaurant on weekends, serving different cuisines such as tacos and ramen.
28 High Street, Kings Heath, B14 7JT
For all your bread needs, this bakery in Stirchley offers a range of sourdough including fermented oat, country white and spelt varieties, which you can pre-order and collect. Ten Four Bakehouse also has a selection of bun flavours, both sweet and savoury, such as salted caramel, cheddar and Marmite, cinnamon and orange, plus the classic Chelsea bun. This bakery is also home to its sweet sister, Jam vs Custard, which offers gorgeous, filled doughnuts in various flavours such as lemon meringue, vanilla custard, and apple and blackberry crumble and custard. If you can’t get yourself to Stirchley, then you might be able to catch the bakery at multiple farmers markets such as Kings Heath, Kings Norton and QE Hospital.
Unit 11, Stirchley Trading Estate, Hazelwell Road, Stirchley, B30 2PF
Run by baker Sebastian Clough, this cute little hut offers an array of baked goods and On The Breadline regularly post on social media what their fresh bakery menu is for the day. What this bakery may lack in size, it sure makes up for in flavour and you’ll be surprised by how much bread and cakes they’ve managed to fill the hut with! On The Breadline recently posted phenomenal focaccia flavours such as green olive, smoked bacon, mushroom, white truffle and Italian herb crust sourdough focaccia. The bakery also stocks plenty of sweet treats including rock cakes with the M&M flavour being a big hit online.
HillCrest Farm, Worcester Lane Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield, B75 5QS
Yolk is no rookie to the brookie (brownie meets cookie). New to the Birmingham scene, Yolk is one of the only bakeries specialising in these delicious soft-centred and crunchy-topped creations. Based in Stirchley, Yolk launched in Birmingham in June this year and is stocked in multiple cafés across the city. Stockists include Folk Like These in Moseley, Quarter Horse Coffee and fried chicken restaurant Bonehead both in Birmingham city centre, The Old Wharf Inn in Stourbridge and Bloom in Kings Heath. Yolk describe their brookies as ‘fudgy AF’ and when you cut (or bite) into one of those bad boys you’ll know why. The brookies are sandwiched together with buttercream with flavours varying from hazelnut praline to mint choc chip, as well as classic vanilla and oozy salted caramel.
French-inspired bakery Levain and Cherry offer classic French bakes, even using French ingredients such as Moulins Viron flour. You can enjoy authentic baguettes that you will want to enthusiastically cut just to hear their crustiness (have I been watching too much GBBO?) and spread generously with butter and/or jam. Their sweet selection includes brioche loaves with crystal sugar drops and chocolate, as well as perfectly laminated croissants and pain au raisins.
High Street, King’s Heath, B14 7JZ
This artisan bakery has all the bread you can wish for. Orientee offers a range of sourdough (including baguettes, plus seeded, plain and wholemeal loaves), as well as ciabatta rolls, focaccia, lemon and chocolate and hazelnut babka loaves. For a sweet fix, Orientee serve delightfully decorated tarts, sponges, cronuts, cruffins and an array of doughnuts in salted caramel, lemon meringue and Nutella flavours. For those in the city centre of Birmingham, you can get your hands on a cronut at Indonesian coffee shop Ngopi, plus you can order some of their bakes from their online shop if you can’t get to the bakery in person. You can even bake some of Orientee’s creations at home as they have launched their own pizza kit hampers.
57-58 Dale End, The Square, B4 7LS