15 Somerset spots to enjoy mouthwatering cakes
PUBLISHED: 10:58 03 January 2017 | UPDATED: 16:16 10 February 2017
There's nothing better than relaxing in a cosy café with a pot of tea or a cup of coffee and a delicious slice of homemade cake. We bring you 15 places every sweet tooth needs to visit in Somerset.
In the lovely village of Beckington, near Frome, you’ll find a friendly, warm welcome as soon as you enter the Mes Amis. The family run café, with a shabby chic interior, has a countertop adorned with scrumptious cakes, so enjoy a slice to curb your craving.
Not exactly a cake but Ben’s Cookies are a must-have indulgent treat for those visiting Bath. The overwhelming smell of freshly baked cookies hits you as soon as you enter the store, and it’s inevitable that your mouth will begin to water as you browse the options. Warm, buttery and almost brownie-like in texture, you’ll be spoilt for choice. We recommend the milk chocolate and peanut butter cookie. Yum!
3. The Creamery, Minehead
A visit to this charming café is never the same with an ever changing menu of freshly baked, homemade cakes to choose from. Take a seat and enjoy a cup of tea in kitsch vintage crockery along with a generous slab of cake.
Located in Sand Bay near Weston-Super-Mare, Sand Bay Tea Rooms is the perfect pit stop after a stroll along the beach. Soak in the views over the Somerset coast with the choice of a variety of delightful desserts on offer. On a sunny day, take advantage of the patio area perfect to enjoy warmer weather especially with a pooch in tow.
Nestled at the bottom of Cheddar’s Lion Rock, sits Lion Rock Tea Rooms, a 1950s style café decorated with kitsch furniture, vintage style bunting and tea served in adorable bespoke bone china. Find yourself a table in the beautiful secluded garden or cosy up in the vibrant Tea Rooms and browse the extensive menu full of tasty treats. We love the delicious strawberry cream tea.
Tucked away at the end of Burham-on-Sea’s high street sits Crafty Teacup Café, a quaint eatery jam-packed with pretty trinkets, floral decorations and crafty knick-knacks. The Crafty Tea Cup is perfect for those who love creating. Get involved in an “Anytime Make & Take” Crafts session or one of the craft workshops. For those who just fancy a hot drink and something to satisfy your sweet tooth, the Café is ideal for that too with a varied menu of chocolates, sweet treats and mouth-watering homemade cakes. Don’t miss the delicious hot drinks as an accompaniment.
After exploring the pretty market town of Axbridge, why not try The Almhouse Tea Shop? This 15th century almshouse is steeped in history, and exudes character. Offering a wide selection of tasty cakes – including the usual favourites – and cream teas, you can spoil yourself with a thick slice and a warm drink to relax. For those lucky enough to visit on a sunny day, make sure to grab a seat in the cosy courtyard that’s perfect for al fresco dining.
With a mix of local artwork adorning the walls, there’s plenty to look at when you visit Chapel Arts Café. Wholly vegetarian and vegan, the Café creates heavenly homemade cakes using many organic and local ingredients. This is the perfect place to discuss some art over cake and coffee if you’re attending an event at the Centre.
9. Chantry Tea Gardens, Kilve
After a day at the scenic Kilve Beach, why not take a well deserved pit-stop at Chantry Tea Rooms? It’s known for scrumptious cream tea served with lashings of clotted cream and jam or doorstop wedges of homemade cake. The charming tea room is nestled in the ruins of a 14th century chapel which makes for a great setting for a tasty afternoon treat.
Sitting proudly at the top of the cobbled streets of Wells’ market square, Square Edge Café is a cosy hole-in-the-wall café with a distinctly retro vibe. Sit back and listen to the in-house jukebox’s playlist of hits while you enjoy a cup of coffee and slice of cake. Go for the chocolate Guinness cake for pure indulgence.
For those after an exquisite slice of cake in a wonderful garden setting, try the Cole Manor Tea Rooms, part of Cole Manor, home to Diana and Richard Scott. As soon as you enter the Tea Rooms, prepare to be overwhelmed with the choice of homemade cakes and tray bakes to choose from, and enjoy them in the quintessentially English gardens of the Manor.
Situated under a large Victorian railway arch at Bristol’s Temple Meads station, Hart’s Bakery specialises in sourdough, handmade pastries, seasonal cakes and savouries all prepared, baked and sold on site. Enjoy a mouth-watering pain au chocolat, fruit Danish or a delectable slice of cake while you enjoy the tantalising smell of fresh baking. It’s enough to make your mouth water before you even order!
A Bristol gem, Margot May is a stylish spot with an enviable modern interior decorated with vintage touches. The relaxed atmosphere of the café makes for a lovely spot to treat yourself to a scrumptious slice of cake, or make a detour on the way to work to grab a breakfast banana scone.
The Mad Hatter Café, Crispin Hall, lies in the heart of Street and provides hungry patrons with a superb selection of homemade cakes. Expect a friendly welcome and feel to the café, embrace the quirky décor where tens of clocks and interesting pictures hang from the walls.
Through the years, Pullins Bakery has been a family affair, where generations have created a huge selection of artisan loaves and cakes for their customers. With sweet treats such as caramel fudge, lemon shortbread mini bars (with a gooey lemon curd centre) and cherry bakewell cakebars, it’s enough to satisfy any cravings for something sweet. Bristolians, take a trip to the Farmer’s Market on Corn Street where Pullins have been selling delicious baked goods for 20 years.