If you’re a sucker for adding a carby side to your coffee order, you’ll want to pencil these venues – where speciality coffee and in-house bakeries collide –in your little black book of must-visits

Exploding Bakery (pictured above)

Watching the Exploding bakers work on the next batch of baked beauties in the open kitchen is interesting, but the scrumptious bakes adorning the counter make for the sweetest sight of all. Oli, Tom and the team at Exploding Bakery have long been at the forefront of innovative baking and seriously good coffee in Devon’s capital city.

Bakesmiths, Bristol


Intrepid coffee folk touring the South West’s caffeine capital like to schedule a lunchtime stop at this corner coffee shop. If you’re a seasoned speciality fan you’ve probably already sampled a few of the bejewelled traybakes and epic brownies which crowd Bakesmiths’ counter – just not necessarily here. That’s because sister company Cakesmiths stocks cafes across the country with its Bristol-made bakes.

The Early Bird, Birmingham

The Early Bird

Ever since this artisan bakery launched on Kings Heath High Street in 2018, locals have sacrificed their precious Saturday morning lie-ins to join the queue of patisserie purists awaiting their weekly fix. House-made brioche, danish pastries and gateaux all make epic pairing material with a cup of locally roasted Hundred House coffee.

Cakeface, Kilkenny


At this Kilkenny gem, the only thing capable of casting a shadow on the patisserie’s spot in the limelight is the flawless latte art on the flat whites. Thankfully there’s no need for rivalry between the baristas and bakers as, once visitors have caught whiff of the freshly ground beans and set eyes on the decadent desserts, it takes otherworldly willpower to turn either down.