Edward Street Bakery – Saltaire’s Tastiest Secret

man standing behind bakery counter

I first heard about a ‘secret’ pop up bakery in Saltaire (West Yorkshire) from my mother-in-law, Marie.  Clearly far more on the ball with the local food scene than us, she instructed us to follow @edwardstbakery on Twitter, keep our eyes peeled, and all would be revealed.

We were rewarded a few weeks later, when tweets emerged promising imminent bread, cake and pizza treats.  Rye, raisin and caraway bread, pumpkin loaves, homemade croissants, pretzels flavoured with fennel, pistachio custard doughnuts – catnip to a conneisseur of carbs like me.

Tray of pretzelsHomemade pretzels dusted with herbs

The Edward Street Bakery is run out of a tiny, stone-flagged front room of one of the many Victorian terraces in the pretty village of Saltaire.  Edward Street is tucked away off the main drag of Victoria Street and the famous Salts Mill.   A no-thoroughfare road that you might scoot past, were it not for the lure of pastry, cakes and yeasted delights.

Exterior of houses on Edward Street, SaltaireSpot the bakery

We didn’t see the bakery until we were in sniffing distance of the baked goods.  An unassuming (though rather lovely shade of blue) door with a glimpse of a sign in the window was the only giveaway.

Exterior of the Edward St Bakery

Window of the Edward Street BakeryAh ha! Found it.

As we entered we were met with racks of fresh bread, huge trays of pizza just out of the oven, oozing custard doughuts and golden, crisp French pasties.  Spoilt for choice, I attempted to buy up most of the shop.

Loaves of bread on metal shelvesI’ll have one of everything please

Laden with goodies, we also succumbed to the freshly brewed coffee (from local roasters Casa Espresso) and left very happy customers. We breakfasted and err… desserted like kings for the next few days and stocked up the freezer with pillow-soft bread baps.

three cakes and cake forksAlmond and coconut Bakewell, millionaire slice with Northern Star porter and peanut butter cornflake tart

Since then we’ve been regular visitors – stalking them on twitter ahead of each Saturday opening, drooling at the menus and keeping track of their link ups with other local suppliers at events like the Lishman’s Butchers’ Barbeque in Ilkley (cakes + expertly barbecued meat = heaven).

On returning I’ve also managed to look past the edible eye candy to admire the simple, low-key decor – the bare brick, open shelves, stainless steel counters and funky neon signs.  These guys have excellent taste in decor as well as baked goods. 

3 loaves of bread on a wooden boardGlorious line up of loaves

Our favourites in their line up so far have been the Grumpy John Ploughman (combining my twin loves of cider and cheese), the sausage, apple and mustard roll, the nostalgic peanut butter cornflake tart, the seasonal pumkin almond and lemon cake, and the delectable hazelnut and caramel doughnut.  The toast from the malted wholemeal batard also goes down a treat with our youngster (8 months), who’s rather worryingly developing a taste for the artisan end of the bread market.  Eeep.

So if you’re in or near Saltaire on a Saturday, have a check if there’s a bakery session on, get yourselves down there, and stock up the bread bin (but leave some for us!).

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Mr & Mrs Parkes-Nield on their wedding day.

Back in 2012, in the middle of the Far Out Stage at Greenman Festival, South Wales, Sophie and Chris were awaiting Adam Buxton’s arrival on stage when the interval music began to play. LCD Soundsytem’s ‘Someone Great’ travelled through the speakers…and Chris chose this moment to propose to Sophie. The photo is probably a bit of a giveaway but yes, she said yes.

They’re a musical couple – Sophie, a folk fanatic and violin player, and Chris, a singer-songwriter and accomplished guitarist. They met back in 2006 when Sophie answered Chis’ ad for a violinist to join the band, Air Cav*. So of course when it came to planning for the big day, music was naturally a key component.

I’ve known Sophie for a number of years now and was privileged enough to be invited along to the wedding (I may have also been responsible for designing the wedding invitations so that probably left her with no choice but to invite me – perk of the job, I say.)

 

Homemade weddings folky invite graphic design

Homemade weddings folky invite CD case

The musical thread was established as early as the invitation, in the guise of a CD, landed on the doorstep with lyrics from folk song ‘Searching for Dams’ on the front – “We join our hands in wedding bands and married we shall be.”

The wedding took place in June 2014 at Bo Peep Farm in Banbury, Oxfordshire (they skipped 2013 due to Sophie’s irrational aversion to odd numbers). A beautiful venue, the ceremony was held onsite in Dovecote Barn – an impressive 18th Century conversion, and then the revelry continued as we moved onto a neighbouring field – 15 acres of land to do with what they wished. A marquee was erected and straw bales were scattered and similar to Kath’s wedding at York Maze, guests could camp over, saving them the expense of a hotel – this time the bride and groom joined in the camping fun too, albeit in a slightly more comfortable ‘Emperor Bell Tent’. Being a thrifty Yorkshire lass I was more than happy to pitch up  – but boy I wish I hadn’t had those last few ciders…tent plus early morning sunshine is not great for hangovers.

 

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It was an absolute blast – they’re such a great couple and I feel honoured to be able to feature their day as part of our Homemade Weddings series, sharing with you some of the personal touches that made it such a genuine and complete day.

 

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Preparations began right away in advance as Sophie started to hand sew 150 metres of bunting, a mighty task for which friends and family members were roped in to help with. Floral fabrics in blues, pinks and purple hues, the decorations were bound for the edges of the marquee where the reception was held – a simple way of creating a celebratory and welcoming feel to the space.

Sophie recalls “I really did go bunting mad. Pinking shears and thread lived permanently at the foot of my sofa as I made reams of the stuff for almost two years straight. I was pretty pleased to finally finish.”

All the effort was worth it as it’s still in use today – a length of it now draped across the fencing of the front garden of their new house together. The rest is loaned out, upon request, for various occasions including a 1st Birthday party, mine and Sophie’s 30th birthday celebrations and, most recently, for the hen party of one of her bridesmaids. It also made its way to Wales, back to the Green Man Festival and decorated our communal gazebo.

 

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