When an invitation came in for an event at The Bakehouse, on Broughton Street, the other day, I was more than a little perplexed. I will freely admit that I’m not the world’s most acutely observant person, but I genuinely thought that I’d exhausted Broughton Street’s deep supply of lunchtime takeaways. Finding out that there was at least one more that I’d missed was a positive boon, so I was more than pleased as we gently strolled towards the place, bathed in glassy sunshine.
I was joined today by regular quester Gary. He often gets the pleasure of visiting some of our less glamorous locations, such as Subway, Boots and KFC, but he did also recently join us on a repeat visit to Mark Greenaway.
The Bakehouse sits right next to Khushi’s, and with its similar gold and maroon livery, I can somewhat understand why it has evaded my radar, previously.
The interior is smart, but understated, with a blend of bare brick and simple whites, set against maroon seat covers and some comfy windowseat cushions. It feels homely and welcoming. Service is similarly warm.
Their counter offers a good array of potential lunchtime joy. They have a couple of soups to choose from, and a couple of stews, as well as quiche, salad and sandwich options.
Gary opted for the beef and Guinness stew, while I opted for creamy sweetcorn soup and a salami, brie and sundried tomato roll, topped with lovely fresh salad leaves.
Gary was completely delighted with his stew, which was richly filled with beef, mushrooms and olives, although he did comment that removing the olive stones might have been a decent idea.
My soup was absolutely first class, with abundant sweetcorn goodness, beautiful texture and well judged seasoning that left a lingering whisper of peppery delight. It joined that highly exclusive club as Soupquest’s twelfth “exceptional” soup.
The roll was very good, too, with a nicely fresh multi-seed roll filled with flavour-packed ingredients.
So overall, I was very impressed with The Bakehouse. I’m delighted to have found another quality spot on Broughton Street’s row of excellent cafés and delis. I’ll definitely be back (on Wednesday, no less) and would heartily recommend that you pay it a visit, at your earliest convenience.
Blythe scores The Bakehouse
4.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 15/20
Today’s questers were: Gary, Blythe
We ate: beef and Guinness stew; creamy sweetcorn soup; salami, brie and sundried tomato roll
We drank: nowt
We wore: stylish spectacles, red and blue www.tieclub.co.uk tie
Total bill: £9.25