With the darker mornings well and truly here for winter, starting the day with freshly baked bread, pastries or a sweet treat can go a long way in perking things up. With that being said, these are some of the best independent bakeries to try out in Greater Manchester.


Find sourdough, pastries, cakes, jams and chutneys all made in-house by the Trove team. Their focus is on working with high-quality, organic flours to create seasonal flavours, with a great selection of vegetarian and meat options. The brunch small plates, particularly seasonal soups, team perfectly with their fresh bread and coffee. Locations can be found in Ancoats, Levenshulme and Marble Street.

Trove, 1032 Stockport Rd, Manchester, M19 3WX / 5 Murray St, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 6HS / Bloc, 17 Marble St, Manchester, M2 3AW.
Half Dozen Other Bakehouse

Half Dozen Other only opened in July but has already established itself as a proper gem. Home to sweet and savoury croissants, the team have just launched their exciting new November menu, consisting of treats like a lemon meringue tart, pistachio cookie and ham and cheese croissant. Catch them Fri – Sun for the ultimate weekend feast.

17 Red Bank, Cheetham Hill, Manchester M4 4HF
Lovingly Artisan

Based in Altrincham, Lovingly Artisan specialises in sourdough bakery – from malted barley, ciabatta and bloomer to cheese and chilli and spiced apple and sultana sourdough. Choose a sourdough box and indulge in a bit of everything.

Central Way, Altrincham WA14 1QU
Alex’s Bakery

Pop down to Alex’s Bakery in Deansgate for delectable cakes, brownies, blondies, cookies and cupcakes. Menu highlights include the jammie dodger cupcake, kinder blondies box and carrot cake. They also boast a range of savoury snacks like scones and paninis or you can sample more of their menu by booking an afternoon tea.

225 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4EN
Yellow Hammer

Where the Light Gets In’s Yellow Hammer is open as a bakery Weds – Sat, 10am – 6pm and offers small plates Thur – Sat, 6.30pm -10pm. The menu changes weekly and previous small plates have included slow-roasted lamb shoulder and baked bread dumplings. Yellow Hammer also doubles up as a pottery studio, making it the perfect place to pick up a fresh loaf and stick around for an evening of food, drinks and entertainment.

15 Lower Hillgate, Stockport SK1 1JQ

Companio is a small artisan bakery based in Ancoats, serving specialty breads, pastries and focaccia for the whole community. Their almond and coffee croissant is an absolute must-try. Other delicious bakes include the bacon, egg and cheese brioche and plum, mixed berry and pistachio Danish tart.

35 Radium St, Ancoats, Manchester M4 6AD

Cookie and doughnut specialist Gooey is perfect for those with a sweet tooth. The menu includes chocolate ganache and vanilla custard-filled doughnuts, white chocolate and red velvet cookies and seasonal black forest doughnut and pumpkin spiced cheesecake. Open Wed – Sun for collection and they also offer delivery twice a week.

Warehouse, Ducie St, Manchester M1 2TP, 103 High St, Manchester M4 1HQ

Pollen, based in Ancoats and Kampus, offers pastries, cakes and breakfast buns – ranging from sausage and egg to homemade hash browns in a sourdough ciabatta roll. Check out their strawberry cruffin topped with a mini macaron, irresistible Autumnal French toast and other special bakes.

Cotton Field Wharf, 8 New Union St, Manchester M4 6FQ / 42 Aytoun St, Manchester M1 3GL
Chloe Tuff
Published on:
Thu 2 Feb 2023