After an initial stint tucked away in an archway near Piccadilly, this airy bakery and cafe moved to a spot overlooking New Islington’s marina. Since then Pollen Bakery has bagged Best Food and Drink Retailer at the Manchester Food and Drink Awards, and been listed in the Sunday Times top 20 UK bakeries.
Their characterful sourdough and indulgent pastries have had people queuing up from almost the moment they opened their doors. The one everyone is raving about is the ‘cruffin’, a croissant-muffin hybrid with a gooey filling which changes weekly (think blackberry and crème fraîche, or lemon and elderflower). They also do all sorts of creative sweet pastries (chocolate fondant danish, pain aux raisins) and savoury options (courgette and Berkswell danish, roasted tomato and rocket twists).
The signature mahogany crust on their sourdough gives it that distinctive chew-factor, and their brownies are fast-becoming legendary too. Top all that with fabulous brunch and lunch dishes and great coffee and you can see why they are amassing all those awards. Did we mention they do croissant toast?
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