This stylish neighbourhood café is owned by chef Craig Pointer (ex-Langar Hall) and his wife Rosea. The Bakehouse burst onto the Mansfield Road scene in 2016 and has gone from strength to strength, serving not only the local community but also increasing numbers of customers from further afield. It specialises in making a fantastic range of breads, cakes, biscuits and sweet and savoury bakes using traditional methods.
Open from 8.30am for breakfast, the café offers a select range of dishes during the day, and becomes a micropub and occasional supper club in the evening. The breakfast menu includes classics such as full English with sourdough toast, baked eggs and toast, sausage and bacon sandwiches (from local butcher JT Beedham), as well as more unusual offerings such as truffle scrambled eggs on toast and toasted sourdough with warm berries. Lunchtime staples include baked Camembert with rosemary and truffle oil, pan-roasted mushrooms with white wine and cream, cheese and meat platters, salads, sandwiches and, of course, cakes.
When we visited for breakfast, the place was already filling up. We enjoyed a lovely dish of yoghurt topped with honey, mixed berries and seeds, plus possibly the best breakfast dish (that isn’t a full English) ever. We kid you not: the toasted banana bread with salt caramel bananas and coconut was simply superb.
The Bakehouse is an asset to Sherwood and worth a trip out of town for a visit. It gets busy though so be prepared for a wait. There is free parking just over the road.
By Abby Brennan, Nottinghamshire editor