A trip down pastry lane…
With Wednesday 17th May being recognised as World Baking Day – are you hungry? You will be soon and in the name of research, we can confirm at the We Are Warrington offices that we’ve thoroughly enjoyed researching today’s blog on Warrington’s finest bakes!
A trip down memory lane
Do any of our readers remember Memory Lane Cakes (no pun intended)? Once the name for cakes in Warrington, the factory in Whitecross closed in 2000 with operations being moved down to its Cardiff branch. Recently however, Warrington has seen a rise in several new businesses offering mouth-watering treats and delectable desserts and in the name of research, we’ve visited just a few on The Old Market Place to check them out on your behalf, dear reader.
White Lace Bakery was founded in 2015 by Lindsay Albon and her husband Graham, taking a stall on the temporary Warrington Market in 2018, in 2020 they moved into their current premises in Golden Square. Their Artisan bakery business continues to grow from strength to strength and they’re recently opened a second shop in Culcheth. They offer a tempting array of freshly baked cookies, brownies, blondies and cakes, available to buy over the counter or eaten in with a sumptuous array of coffees, teas and mouth-watering milkshakes. In 2022 they were awarded Warrington’s best dessert award for their colourful cookie dough pie creation. We can highly recommend this family-run business and hope you enjoy working your way through their menu as much as we are.
Rhode Island Coffee Shop has been (bean?) a firm favourite with Warringtonians since it opened in 2002. Serving fabulous flat whites, lovely lattes and comforting cappuccinos to name but a few, their carrot cake and Victoria sponge cakes are divine and the ambiance and atmosphere is as warm and welcoming as the coffee. Here’s to the next twenty years in our town!
From the instantly recognisable logo featuring the coffee beans, to the sumptuous sandwiches and the terrific tiffin, The Coffee House is an independent chain, growing from strength to strength in the North West. Starting in 2011 in Lymm by brothers Chris and Ste, despite now having 13 stores they remain firmly independent and committed to the same work ethic and values as they had on the day they opened. The Warrington store is one of our lunchtime favourites and there’s so much choice, we have no doubt the next 12 years will see this business continue to grow.
Last but by no means least…
…in fact a veritable feast for the senses, on Sankey Street you’ll find authentic French Bakery, Gourmand!
A relative newcomer to the Warrington sweet treats scene, Gourmand serves beautiful Sunday brunch and perfect pastries created by the French owners Olivia Le and Julien Ramos. The sumptuous sandwiches are superb on traditional French bread, and with the ever popular such Le Parisien (ham and butter), fun fact about this sandwich – there are over 2.2 million sold in France EVERYDAY, Le Saumon (smoked salmon, cream cheese and chives), and L’Italien (tomato, mozzarella and pesto), the pastries and cakes are perfect and we think there’s something for everyone. So, grab yourself a slice of French authenticity for lunch today, and we think you’ll be back there tomorrow…
If you weren’t hungry when you started reading this, we think you might be now; we know we are and we’re off into Town to get our lunch…the only problem is which one to choose!