The Flour Pot Bakery, Fiveways
Whilst I’ve got you here, I guess I’d better let you in on a fact about myself: I live for bread. And pastries. And coffee. Slap the word artisan in front of any of these and I’m positively weak. So you can imagine my excitement, and the danger, of discovering I can walk to a branch of The Flour Pot Bakery now in around 20 minutes.
Note: when I say artisan, I’m not trying to be a dick, I really do mean the skilled trade of making bread or roasting/brewing coffee by hand. Can’t beat it!
Driving along Preston Drove and into Fiveways recently, a nearby community that we definitely haven’t explored enough of, I gasped and pointed out the unmistakable branding of The Flour Pot Bakery casually blending in with the existing businesses on the street. So on Saturday we went for lunch. And then Sunday brunch. Oops. If you’re familiar with Brighton you’ll have seen their existing bakeries in Sydney Street and Elm Grove, as well as their takeaway sandwich shop in Jubilee Street. You may also have noticed their pastries and sandwiches in independent eateries across the city such as Small Batch Coffee who, in turn, supply Flour Pot with their coffee!
In the month they’ve been open, Flour Pot really seems to have cultivated an authentic community vibe. We arrived yesterday just after 11 to find the place thriving with individuals, friends and families. Already it seems to have become a third place for people in the residential area, with many popping in for takeaway loaves and pastries. Organisationally, the place still seems to be finding their groove a little, but service is extremely welcoming and they serve up a great coffee. So much so that we decided to go again today, only a little earlier to catch more of their breakfast items.
Other items we had over the weekend that I forgot to take photos of due to impatience and greed include: a pork and fennel sausage roll; a chicken, chorizo and cheese focaccia; a Bakewell slice (my go-to of cakes); a slice of carrot cake (absolutely delicious FYI). BUT, I did buy a delicious focaccia slab to take home and prepare toasted prosciutto, pesto, cheese and rocket sandwiches with 😍
Flour Pot have taken a utilitarian approach with layout in the Fiveways shop to make great use of space, with perhaps around 11 tables and benches running along the walls, so don’t be fooled when you first enter as it does look small! If you’re looking for breakfast sandwiches and pastries in particular, I’d recommend getting there earlier on weekend mornings as by 11 nearly all was replaced with lunch options.
Since we have lived in the Preston area, I’ve been disappointed with the lack of community on our door step, often feeling envious of Seven Dials and Fiveways residents. The idea of being able to stroll to a nearby coffee shop, bakery or deli for some breakfast on a weekend is my idea of perfection, so from now on I’m making that extra effort and adopting Fiveways as my community hub!
If you want to familiarise yourself with The Flour Pot Bakery, or maybe drool over some bread porn, check out their Instagram here!
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