Simply The Crust: A Guide to Bakeries in the Cotswolds (2023)

bakeries in the cotswolds

There’s no denying it – the UK is the baking capital of the world!

From fluffy scones to crumbly shortbread, the Brits are baking ninjas but when it comes to the best of the best, bakeries in the Cotswolds take the cake (and the bread, pies, and the pastries…you get the idea).

The Cotswolds is an idyllic region and a renowned as a designated area of outstanding natural beauty complete with rolling hills, thatched, honey-coloured cottages, and charming villages. And bakeries. Far more than a baker’s dozen!

What makes Cotswolds bakeries so special, you ask?

For starters, they use only the finest ingredients found on their very own doorstep, from locally sourced flour to free-range eggs and the bakers are passionate about their craft, and it shows in every delicious bite.

But it is not only the locally sourced ingredients but also the fantastic range of bakeries in the Cotswolds that offer delightful breads, pastries, cakes, and anything with a crust.

Whether you’re a local or a tourist, this quick guide to bakeries in the Cotswolds will help you discover some of the best places to satisfy your cravings or put your taste buds on alert.

Bakeries In The Cotswolds

Let’s start with Grouch Coffee, in Moreton-in-Marsh. What began as an event business out the back of a Tuk-Tuk Piaggio Ape turned into a cozy bricks-and-mortar bakery with everything baked on site.

Sit back and relax with a speciality coffee, a hot chocolate, and tuck into a gluten-free brownie, a sweet slice and a cinnamon roll. The owner is a baker’s daughter, has baked cakes from a young age and specialises in brownies!

Next up, we have Le Patissier Anglais. Relax-ay-voo in this gorgeous pastry shop in The Square, Stroud. Well-known for their beautifully crafted pastries and cakes, Le Patissier Anglais offers traditional French and English pastries, such as croissants, pain au chocolate, eclairs, apple turnovers and cakes.

Flour Power
Did you know Matthews Cotswold Flour has traded grain and milling flour in Chipping Norton since the 1800s while Shipton Mill in Tetbury is the home of organic flour and operates on the very site a mill stood in 1086?

Matthews Cotswold Flour and Shipton Mill
Traditional scone and jam
Traditional scone and jam in The Cornish Bakery

As we continue in this guide to bakeries in the Cotswolds, we move to Bourton-on-the-Water‘s High Street and The Cornish Bakery; a must-visit spot for all pastry lovers. The traditional English scone with jam and pot of tea is an absolute must, as are the delicious Cornish pasties with steak, cheese, and vegetable fillings.

And if you’re feeling adventurous, then their sweet treats and scones are definitely worth a try. Plenty of seating inside and with a takeaway option too.*

Huffkins is one of the most popular bakeries in Stow-on-the-Wold, and for good reason. This bakery offers an extensive range of sweet and savoury treats, including sandwiches, cakes, pastries, and scones for dining in (20 inside and 30 outside) or taking away.

But it is their afternoon tea that has made Huffkins famous. Their cream tea is a particular favourite, served with freshly brewed tea and warm scones with clotted cream and jam. Vegan, low gluten, picnic delivery, dogs welcome. Splendid!

Next, we’re off to KNEAD at Long Street in Tetbury. This ‘no gimmicks, just honest baking’ patisserie has four branches and was set up by John and Kris, who previously worked together in a five star, 2 Michelin starred hotel. Now they make wondrous breakfasts, lunches, pastries, breads and cakes.

Other notable bakeries in the Cotswolds include Otis & Belle, an artisan sourdough bakery and patisserie founded in 2020 in Moreton-in-Marsh, followed by another in Stow-on-the-World. Everything here is a baking masterpiece including brioche burger buns, cruffins, plain and almond croissant, paid au chocolate, classic white and baguette sourdough.

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The Cotswolds is a gastronomic paradise with a picturesque backdrop attracting foodies from all over the world to sample and buy locally produced specialities made from ingredients from the region.

The countless food festivals and farmer’s markets that take place throughout the year in villages, towns and fields are a testament to the quality of the local produce and the producers themselves who are chocolatiers, artisan bakers, cheese, wine, beer and cider makers, and more.

Where there is a rich seam of bakers practicing their trade in towns, villages and hamlets, there are many chefs beavering away in traditional pubs, cafes, restaurants and hotels producing innovative culinary delights.

Getting back to the bakeries in the Cotswolds, there is something special about entering a standalone bakery and seeing glass cabinets filled with pastries, cakes, pasties, and breads, all freshly baked and prepared that day. Where the bakers are often behind the counter, happy to talk with passion and enthusiasm about their craft.

In this brief guide, we’ve barely scratched the surface in identifying the best spots for sweet treats, artisan breads, pies, and pastries.

Yet, overall, the Cotswolds is a culinary haven, filled with fantastic bakeries where locals and visitors can indulge in cakes and pastries, breads and buns.

Grabbing a quick cup of coffee is impossible in bakeries in the Cotswolds because when you go to pay at the counter, there will always be that one sweet or savoury treat with your name on it.

Just be warned – once eaten, you’ll be coming back for more!

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*The Cornish Bakery makes most of their baked goods on site but Cornish pasties and Viennoiserie are made elsewhere according to this article from 2021.
**The scone image is the author’s own, the other photos are stock photos.

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