Over the past couple of days, the same name keeps popping up on my Instagram and Twitter feed: The Baker’s Arms. The name brings to mind old medieval alehouses, but it’s an appropriate one. The Baker’s Arms make their own baked goods, so you’d expect to see some bakers’ arms.
The Baker’s Arms menu is very simple. There is a beverage menu, but there isn’t a set menu for food. You have to go inside and look at what they have on the counter and in the fridges to make your choice. If you have a sweet tooth, look into the chiller on the right. The left one has the savories, which included at the time we were there, sandwiches, quiches and pies.
I couldn’t help but grin at the dishware the The Baker’s Arms serve their food on. If you were born in the 70s and 80s, you might remember these plates that allowed you to eat anything from soup to chicken without worrying about toppling over. I remember my grandmothers using these thinly coated metal dishes that came in pale hues of yellow, mint and powder blue when I was very little. After decades of abuse, I don’t think either of them have a dish from that era left, so I was impressed the Baker’s Arm brought back this reminder of a much simpler era.
I’m almost tempted to say the bread used for the Bacon, Egg and Provolone Sandwich is a brioche, but we probably will never know for sure. What we definitely know with absolutely certainty is that if you can only afford one item from Baker’s Arm, this should be it. The number of these savory oozy bombshells we saw hitting tables would be testimony enough, but the SO ordered one of his own to pass his own judgement. If I had been in the mood for a savory breakfast, this would’ve been my choice too.
Just for kicks, I thought I might try their vegan friendly and gluten free fruit crumble that comes with a heaped dollop of yoghurt (probably not so vegan friendly). It was a fantastic colourful mix of fruit – blueberries, strawberries, pear and even banana – and crunchy crumble mix. The sweetness was balanced with the slightly tarty thick white yoghurt. It might not look like much on the plate, but it filled me up for the rest of the day.
The SO also picked up an almond croissant, just to round things up for his breakfast, seeing as he was ‘starving’. While it was good and had a devilish custard inside, I would’ve liked more almonds on top and more flake in the pastry.