Quite clearly this is a post that has been sitting in my drafts for months, seeing as we visited Suffolk way back in September. Whilst this visit was a reasonably long time ago, I couldn’t not share this like gem of a place. Not only is the village of Orford perfectly lovely – quaint cottages, gorgeous countryside and friendly locals that actually smile and say “hello” (can you tell I’m pretty much a fully fledged Londoner these days?!), but this bakery-come-cafe is enough to want to make me move out to the sticks.
Painted in a candyfloss pink, with a modern yet rustic interior, the main eating area features a large communal table. This is the kind of dining I love. Relaxed, with good conversation. We met a delightful couple who were in the village to dry-dock their boat from the quay for the next year whilst they travelled the world. It was this couple that persauded us to stay for lunch, rather than just a drink and a pastry. I’ll be forever thankful to this couple.
Both of us ordered the hot chocolate. Pump Street Bakery are also one of the limited amount of people within the UK who make their own bean-to-bar chocolate. As a lover of proper, artisan chocolate this really excited me – and we shelled out (£6 a bar) to bring some home with us. I can confirmed it is VERY good chocolate, though the price still makes me wince. The hot chocolate is perhaps a slightly more purse-friendly way of trying it out – rich and chocolatey without being cloying. The homemade marshmallow added just the right amount of sweetness. It was YUM.
But maybe not quite as yum as our actual lunch.
It’s a pretty limited ‘eat in’ menu, but what is there is beautifully thought out. W chose the sandwich. Made with their own sourdough, it packed in local Suffolk salami, roasted fennel, rocket and aioli. The bread was substantial, soft but firm as a soughdough should be, with a chewy crust that wasn’t too hard and dry. The fennel in particular worked so well in the sandwich, adding both a crunch and some freshness. Probably my top sandwich of 2017, if I’m being honest!
I went for the cheese toasty. Having booked a cheese toasty van for our wedding evening food, it’s safe to say I love this snack – and this one didn’t disappoint. A mix of cheddar and Ogleshield cheese, it was both strong and stringy. With shards of crispy cheese and perfectly crisp sourdough, it was rich and decadent and oh so delicious. The date chutney was the perfect foil to cut through the cheese – though perhaps a bit of salad on the side would have made this absolute perfection.
Having been recommended the chocolate doughnuts, we were very disappointed to find them sold out. We grabbed the last jam one, along with a custard version too (y’ano, for the blog!). Eating them later in the car we realised we’d have to make a return trip the next day for a chocolate one! And we did. And I regret it, because no doughnut will ever, ever be the same…
Where’s your favourite bakery?