Posts Tagged ‘bread’

Vine’s Bakery

April 6, 2019

Vine’s Bakery opened on Friday at the foot of Steep Hill.

Although they only opened on Friday, and selection currently poor, it was as though Lincoln had never seen a bread shop before, maybe have not, as a steady stream of people passing through the door into the shop.

I thought with them being open on a Sunday, they were open seven days a week, but no, closed Monday and Tuesday.

The location is not good, bottom of Steep Hill. Either have to walk up the High Street and The Strait or down Steep Hill.

Ideal location would have been Bailgate where they wished to open, but were blocked by shortsighted businesses in the Bail.

High minimum order for wholesale, too high. No one is going to take a chance on an unknown entity, unknown quality, unknown quality. There should be no minimum. This gives the opportunity to slowly grow the business.

I wished for a wholemeal loaf. No wholemeal. I settled for a seeded brown. OK but not great.

I have also tried a white loaf. It was not good.

Serving coffee is not a good idea. Who wants a bad coffee when there is excellent coffee to be had from Coffee Aroma and Madame Waffle? Focus on bread and cakes. Begs the question planning consent for a cafe?

Ludicrous reporting by hack on the local rag, they had a tour of the bread shop. Tour? A counter and shelves with bread.

Lazaris Bakery Bar

October 13, 2018

En route to Larnaca, storm clouds gathering thunderstorm forecast.

On arrival I find Nick’s Coffee Bike packed up and about to depart. He feared the weather. No coffee. Lemonade? I tried the lemonade. Excellent lemonade, but probably not a wise choice when not feeling well. Within minutes, stomach pains.

I walk to the Medieval Castle, then head to Church of St Lazarus.

Once behind the seafront shops of corporate chains, a slum.

Poked my head in Church of St Lazarus but did not explore the tomb of St Lazarus. He was brought to life, then when died a second time, was entombed in Cyprus.

In the Square surrounding the Church, three coffee shops, at least two of which are bakeries.

Silo I did not like, lacking in ambience, awful music playing.

The Secret Garden, unfriendly signs, not a pleasant reception, walked out.

The third, Lazaris Bakery Bar, in an old building. Pleasant ambience, but sadly not good coffee. Caffeine did not seem wise, did not ask for a coffee. I settled for water. I then asked for tea. Only herb tea. It was ok, but I did not dare drink.

I sat outside, but had to retreat indoors, traffic pollution and smoke from smokers.

Why is Cyprus so backwards? Why are these street not pedestrianised?

Millions to redevelop Mackenzie Beach, a gravy train for contractors and an appalling waste of public money. Instead, an electric shuttle bus Larnaca Marina to Mackenzie Beach and pedestrianise the sea front and the back streets around St Lazarus Church.

Water available to drink, the norm in coffee shops in Athens, a rareity in Cyprus.

At first, not feeling well, I helped myself to water and sat outside. I was not harassed to purchase anything.

Too many chains, too many indie coffee shops made to look like chains serving bad coffee.

Lazaris Bakery Bar has character, an excellent renovation of an old building.

Potentially Lazaris Bakery Bar could be an excellent indie coffee shop serving specialty coffee. The emphasis, from the breads, cakes and tea, and from conversation, appear to be on quality.

Now need to source quality specialty coffee, either from England or Athens.

Gail’s Artisan Bakery

August 20, 2016
Gail's Artisan Bakery

Gail’s Artisan Bakery

I was told there was a new bakery in Castle Street, where you could also eat out the back.

I needed a loaf of bread, and therefore decided to check it out, then return to Downing Street for a coffee.

Very little choice, no wholemeal bread. Staff were apologetic, said it had been a busy day, and had sold out.

I saw they had soup. Anything to eat. Sorry,  kitchen closed at three.

They had sandwiches, but ludicrous price.  £5 to take out, £6 to eat in.

To put this price in context, I can have lunch in the Thai Restaurant in Jeffries  Passage for this price.

I decided on the soup. Small or large? I decided on small.

I had the soup at a table outside. I think it was tomato and red pepper. It was excellent and generous portion. Served with a small piece of bread. I asked for butter and salt. This was brought out to me, as was the soup and a roll. Salt rock salt, butter in a little dish.

The small roll, and it was small, with smoked salmon was good.

I was asked would I like a coffee?

I had intended to visit Krema in Downing Street where I knew I would get an excellent coffee and flapjack. But decided as I was there, and to save walking down to Downing Street, I would stay and at least try the coffee.

It was not good. Not disgusting as tax-dodging Starbucks or Costa, but not good.

The coffee should have been much better, as beans were from Union Hand Roasted, same roaster as used by Harris + Hoole and Taylor Street Baristas, but nowhere near their standard.

The cookie I enjoyed.

If I had wished to eat, I was too late, as kitchen was closed, it was a choice of breakfast or breakfast, which was served until three.  As with the sandwich, expensive, and there was nothing I fancied.

Why not serve breakfast until midday, lunch until three, then afternoon tea and cakes?

The ambience where the cakes were served was quite pleasant, but further in somewhat stark, more like a prison environment.

I sat at a table, but in reality a piece of wood sticking out from the wall, another for a seat, only enough room for one person, and elbow bashed the wall. I was sat in a corridor. I could have gone further in.

Completely lacking in ambience.

Water, help yourself.

This is now quite commonplace.

On the table were free postcards. This was a clever idea, cheap publicity. Also a little fold out chart, but differed from the reality of Farnham.

The staff were excellent, very pleasant and helpful.

Gail’s class themselves as a neighbourhood bakery. Not really. It is a purveyor of very expensive breads and cakes and sandwiches, a bread shop cum coffee shop cum cafe. It is a chain. The entire environment screamed corporate.

Gail's Artisan Bakery Cookbook

Gail’s Artisan Bakery Cookbook

On sale was their own cookbook, Gail’s Artisan Bakery Cookbook.

Loyalty card unusual, stamped if bought a loaf or a coffee. But had to collect nine stamps.

Gail’s open until seven in the evening. I cannot see any point opening beyond six as no one about.  Contrast with Guildford where the indie coffee shops shut at five, turning custom away.

I can recommend the soup. The bread I did not try, apart from my roll, which was good. The coffee not good. Try Krema in Downing Street or Barista Lounge.

I cannot see Loaf in Downing Street surviving, nor the Downing Street Deli, with competition from Gail’s.

Guildford farmers market

September 4, 2012
Guildford farmers market

Guildford farmers market

autumn produce

autumn produce

honey and walnuts

honey and walnuts

rape seed oil

rape seed oil

Not long after 9am this morning it was quite cool with heavy dew on the grass. By midday hot and very hot during the afternoon.

Good time of the year to visit a farmers market. Soft fruit like strawberries still available, plus this season’s apples, pumpkins, sweetcorn.

Last month Coca-Cola hijacked the market, handing out free drinks. Today a company called Oasis. No idea who they are or who is behind them. I asked what was in it. The girl did not even know and had to read from the bottle. I wish I had had a look, as probably fruit drink with lots of nasty chemicals.

Surprise, surprise, when I check it out, Oasis is Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola should not be at a farmers market, it is not local produce and is a clear breach of the rules. Begs the question why is Guildford turning a blind eye?

15.7g sugar per 375ml serving which is very high (17% of recommended daily intake). Does not say what sugar, but highly likely fructose which is a toxin.

Ingredients water, sugar, fruit juices (only 5% and from concentrates) and host of nasty chemicals, including carcinogenic aspartame. My initial suspicions confirmed, an unpleasant chemical cocktail being promoted as a healthy fruit drink.

Off Celtic Bakers a loaf of bread and carrot cake. He did not have much left, he said it had been a good day.

Long chat with the lady who has honey. She told me how to handle the bee colony in my garden. I would need ladders, a two-man job, knock the bees into a box, leave until night to collect as then all the bees would be in the box and no stragglers hanging about.

She said it had been a bad year for honey. Usually her bees would produce one and a half tons of honey, this year lucky if half a ton. She was advising people to stock up with honey now, as there was going to be a drastic increase in price.

Jars of honey on her stall were £5-50, a small jar with walnuts £4-50 (but she said that was this year’s honey and reflected the price increase).

Usually she has lovely bees wax candles. None today as hot weather made them soft.

Later I popped back and asked how do I shake the bees into the box? Shake the branch, but to get the honeycomb, best to cut off the honeycomb from the branch. I was also advised to smoke the branch as that would remove the pheromones.

Secretts Farm used to have mainly green leaves, but I am pleased they are now diversifying. Lovely little cucumbers which are very tasty, as are their radishes. The tomatoes Pink Brandywine. Polish girl on their stall was a horticulturalist, had planted most of the crops and was able to tell me what they were.

Apple stall had a good selection of apples, Katy and Discovery. No plums. earlier yes, 100 punnets had gone by midday.

Late lunch at The Keystone. Excellent fish cakes and greenery. Pleasant sitting in their back courtyard, but very hot.

I was hoping they might do something for the Guildford Book Festival as last few years it has been an unmitigated disaster, but Kath said too late as programme already out. Says a lot for the organisation of the Guildford Book Festival and their use of social media as no mention on twitter.

It was tempting to go home, and sit in the shade, but I thought no, hop on the bus to Godalming and visit the coffee shop, Cafe Mila, that I found last week. But it did mean I was carrying there all my produce off the farmers market.

Guildford farmers market takes place on the first Tuesday of the month in the cobbled High Street in Guildford.