The Old Bakery, Branscombe, Devon
When it closed in 1987 The Old Bakery at Branscombe was the last traditional working bakery in the country so it marked the end of an era. Fortunately it’s all been preserved by the National Trust and you can go there and see the original bread oven and wooden proving trough as well as a collection of tins and dishes and what nots use to make bread back in the day. There’s a fascinating insight into the bakers and how they worked, in the scrapbooks and old photos that are displayed.
But perhaps the best bit is that The Old Bakery is also a tea room so you can find a cosy corner and hunker down with a pot of tea. If the sun is shining down on Branscombe then go out in the garden where the millstream still chuckles along and there are views of an old orchard; it’s hard to find a more bucolic setting where you can get your lips round a big fat scone generously laden with jam and cream.
T: 01297 680333
Opening times vary throughout the year All information correct at the time of writing