Ugly Bread Bakery & Cafe
Nottingham’s vibrant Hockley area is a food lover’s paradise with a host of independent eateries, cafes and bars and new ones popping up seemingly every day. The Ugly Bread Bakery & Cafe is at the top of Pelham Street and sells, well you guessed it, “ugly bread”. Actually it sells rather gorgeous bread, but as all the loaves are baked by hand on the premises they are rather different from the uniform offerings of the supermarkets.
This delightful place has a laid-back vibe – relaxed, casual and friendly. And there’s a stunning array of loaves, a huge variety of filled foccacia, baguettes and superb mezzalunna, as well as sourdough stone-baked pizza (waiting invitingly on the counter to be cooked to order in the pizza oven) and amazing Sicilian-style sweet cannoli and hand-made cakes, all available to eat in or takeaway.
The bakery is the brainchild of Jade Vendon and the emphasis is on quality and tradition: the sourdough breads, for example, have been fermented for at least 24 hours using minimal yeast and salt. There is seating outside if the sun is shining, some seating downstairs and a balcony upstairs where you can watch the hustle and bustle of Hockley below, or the action in the open kitchen. The bakery is also just a stone’s throw from Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena and a great place for a pre-event snack.
By Abby Brennan, Nottinghamshire editor
Two for one pizza: buy any two pizzas, get the cheapest free (not including extra toppings), Monday to Friday only.