You know all the memes, videos and jokes about parents and how annoyingly early they want you to get to the airport before your plane’s meant to take off? Well.. I’m the parent and I’m ridiculously early. But since I have spare two or three hours I thought I might just be productive for once and finally finish article I’ve been writing for couple of weeks now. Hart’s Bakery (instagram) is located right next to Bristol’s largest train station – Temple Meads. If you want to double check if it actually is the largest train station, don’t even bother.. I didn’t check and I don’t want things to get awkward.. thanks. Anyway, we’re here to talk about pastries and coffee, not about my really bad ‘I don’t have to double check any information before I publish it online’ kind of attitude.
Hart’s Bakery has been on my list for quite a while – for more than a year to be more precise and the only reason I have never made it there was simply the location. Amazing for people travelling from Temple Meads, amazing for people working in surrounding buildings, amazing for people living near the centre of Bristol, incredibly inconvenient for me – someone living in Fishponds and then Filton. Both starting with the letter F and both freaking far friends.
But one day I felt like going somewhere new and mainly somewhere far (sounds more like if I was planning trip to Bali like every other influencer – not that I am one) so the Hart’s was just the perfect place. As someone who likes working in coffee places mainly for the rush and hustle that’s going on in there, it was just the perfect spot. I don’t know if it was just because it was Friday, but most of the time I spent there, the place was packed. Never-ending queue, no empty chairs, people buying bread, people buying cakes, Friday’s special, coffee.. I loved it. But I understand it’s not for everyone, so if you’re looking for a quiet place to study, maybe consider a different location.
I ended up staying there for around 4 hours as I needed to work on an article and really really didn’t want to be anywhere near my house (long and boring story for next time). From what I observed, it’s not really a place where one would spend more than an hour. People meet other people to have a quick catch up, travellers enjoy a warm cup of coffee and freshly baked pastries before they head somewhere else and working people just grab their lunch and go back to their offices. Every now and then, there’s probably one weirdo, taking pictures of everything, “observing” and pretending to be a blogger. The person’s probably a bit cold, because it’s quite open space and as they’re baking all day the door’s always opened meaning it can get a bit chilly in there. On the other hand, I can’t imagine how hot it would get inside, if the door was actually closed. Maybe I would make it to Bali in the end.
Now let’s talk about the food and drinks. If you think that bakery next to train station must definitely serve disgusting coffee, you’re wrong. The coffee’s actually good. Coffee Beans they’re using are supplied by Extract Coffee Roasters (roasted in Bristol) and.. and.. and.. they do have Oatly (they also have soy, but who cares about that). Just thought I might just put it out there. And now to the food. The first time I went there I was too late for morning pastries as they sell out quite quick, so I went for a veggie pasty filled with cauliflower instead and I must say I really enjoyed it. Watch me.. went to Cornwall once and now I’m an expert on pasties (she says and still doesn’t know how to correctly pronounce pasty, whatever). I also had a chance to try one of the cookies as my friend happened to be buying coffee for his train journey there and the moment he saw my desperate face, he probably though I could’ve done with a cookie. He wasn’t wrong. Bless him. Not that the information is any relevant for this article, but I found it cute so..
But because I was really gutted I didn’t have a chance to try their cinnamon buns, I had to come back.. way to many times. I was lucky enough to be working couple of morning shifts (lucky? since when is getting up at 5 a blessing?!) just near the bakery so I thought why not kill two birds with one stone and got myself a cheeky breakfast before the start of my shift. Let me just say that their cinnamon buns are the best cinnamon pastry I’ve ever had. So flaky, so full of flavour, so good. Definitely worth the way.
I also managed to visit their Spring Market where I not only bought myself a new plant #crazyplantlady but also their Super Seed bread, because is there anything better than a bread with butter and salt? No, there is not.. apart from the cinnamon buns. This is how I imagined what adulthood would be like. Just going to markets, bakeries, buying fresh veg and bread, having loads of plants.. just forgot you need money for all that, well.. never mind, at least every now and then haha.
Anyway, I have a flight to catch.. only joking, I still have one hour to kill. But I need to end this article anyway as I’m getting hungry and I’m not willing to spend more money on the airport. Have a lovely day!