Home Grown Baking Heroes

We all love a sausage roll, but not everyone loves to actually bake.

Baking is a hobby that takes real time and effort, as opposed to eating which only requires the aforementioned if you’re intending on consuming a whole bakery.

Still, this goes a long way to explaining why there are so few bakers and so many cake eaters. Thankfully, Arundel is well known for its small community of baking enthusiasts who have been busying themselves for years creating and selling their fantastic baked goods.

It doesn’t matter what you’re looking for, whether it’s a top-class Apple Butterscotch Tart or an award-winning loaf, the bakers of Arundel and its surrounding areas can help you out:

Those Baker Girls

It’s always a pleasure to see people following their dreams and that’s exactly what Lesley and Gill Tapson have done. Whereas other people would have perhaps thought of starting a cleaning business or buying a pre-existing franchise, Lesley and Gill have followed their passion for baking and created a business that has proved to be an unqualified success. You can find them selling their wares at the Arundel’s Farmers’ Market on the third Sunday of every month (except August) or you can contact them directly to get a cake designed and baked for you!

13 Dozen Bakery

Every town has its ‘go-to’ bakery, a place where you’re guaranteed to be able to grab a bite to eat with minimum fuss and maximum satisfaction. For the town of Arundel that place 13 Dozen Bakery, whilst other towns might have fallen under the spell of chain stores and multinationals, the people of Arundel have stayed staunchly loyal to this little bake-house where you can pick up quality baked goods throughout the week, as well as fresh break, pasties, sandwiches, and a good range of hot and cold drinks. Long may the independent bakery reign!

Pallant of Arundel

There has been an independent grocers in Arundel for centuries, a tradition that Pallant of Arundel has sought to continue over the last decade. Business partners Mark Robinson & Jonathan Brantigan spent years working with some of the most prestigious food retailers in the business before deciding to start their own small business right here in Arundel. They sell everything from wines to cheese and meats, but there’s also a good range of pies and quiches to peruse too…

Drink Gin & Bake

 

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If all this chat about baking has got you eager to try your hand at doing some yourself, then why not give it a go? Although you could find a cookery book or peruse the internet for a recipe that catches your eye – there’s no need to bother looking when Wiz from Drink Gin & Bake has dedicated a whole blog to outrageously attractive bakes. Wiz is an Arundel-based engineer-cum-amateur baker who has been wowing the internet with her wacky creations, and she’s been kind enough to share the recipes! You can check out her Instagram to keep up to date with what she’s been making and then head to her blog to look for how to make them!

Tip-Top Cafes & Tea Rooms

Visiting a tea room is something of a rite of passage when you come to Arundel…

Arundel is often described as the quintessential English market town.

Well placed between the spectacular South Downs and the Sussex Coast, the town has managed to maintain its distinct nature through years of careful preservation and a strong community spirit that has helped resist the usual swathe of High Street stores that has come to be expected in so many parts of Britain. Here in Arundel there has long been a deep respect for independent retailers which encompasses every sector of the retail industry from grocery shops and bakeries, to hotels and restaurants.

This respect for tradition and heritage has led to a number of stellar tea rooms and cafes being established all of whom gently competing to provide visitors with the best post possible experience, whether it be a quintessential Cream Tea or a slap up Full English Breakfast.

These cafes have consistently proved themselves as quality establishments that have not only please visitors, but have also won over the locals’ hearts – no easy task!

Partners Cafe

A long standing favourite for locals and tourists alike, Suzanne and Lewis preside over this small but fastidiously cosy cafe. Partners cater for every taste and appetite, happily serving all breakfasts to an impeccably high standard from a simple slice of toast to a full blown steak breakfast.

On top of offering an excellent breakfast spread the small team here also excel at simple wholesome lunches cooked to perfection, including hand-cut freshly prepared chips.

Tarrant Street Espresso

The Arundel High Street is always a joy to wander down, shop windows exhibit their unique goods and alluring scents drift out of open doors. What better to accompany your walk than a delicious cup of freshly ground coffee? Tarrant Street Espresso only opened recently, but it has quickly become a haven for coffee lovers all over town with its excellently served coffee and clean cut aesthetic. Drop by during the day to sample their wide selection of homemade cakes and sip an indulgent hot chocolate.

Motte & Bailey Cafe

 

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The team at Motte & Bailey perform an impressive balancing act every week serving food from up to four different menus throughout the day. Their breakfast menu is served every day featuring their unique take on a Full English, as well as a handsome menu of egg dishes that should please any vegetarian. Their lunch menu features some classic cafe grub and some winning brunch offerings. Then, during the evenings from Wednesday to Saturday, the cafe turns into a bustling tapas bar serving a staggering array of dishes as well as a good range of wines.

Belinda’s Tearoom’s

For over half a century Belinda’s has been synonymous with excellence. Marie, Kim and Sonia pull the strings here and all three ensure that the food served on the premises is freshly made right there.

Fresh local produce is put to the forefront here, as well as traditional cooking and bakes that you simply will not be able to buy anywhere else. They have a wide range of cakes that are perfect with a cup of tea but they also serve some classic English cafe dishes such as Chicken and Ham Pie and even a traditional Roast Dinner.