So the title of this blog post is a bit disputed in the Cotswolds Bloggers Facebook group. If you’re in Stow on the Wold, then it’s Coach House Coffee, in Cheltenham it’s School House Cafe. But if you live in the North Cotswolds, then everybody knows that it’s Bakergirl in Great Tew.
I’ve been meaning to write this blog post for, frankly, years. In fact, I had a whole bunch of pictures lined up, but then the Bakergirl closed its doors on it previous location at Wykham Farm near Banbury, after their lease ran out.
After many anguished months, it finally found a new location in Great Tew, the place to celeb spot in the Cotswolds with Soho Farmhouse attracting both Beckhams and the latest royal newlyweds (or so it’s rumoured.)
When Bakergirl re-opened, first their bakery in Wroxton and then the cafe in Great Tew, such was the joy that people queued for hours just to get their hands on one of their infamous cinnamon buns. See this post if you don’t believe me!
The artisan bakehouse is the creation of Sharon Tomkinson and Sarah Jeffery, who moved from London and felt that they couldn’t find any real bread in the area. So they created their own, establishing a micro home bakery. And four years later, Bakergirl was born.
Personally, I did like their old location – it had that barn loft feel, large and airy – but a tad industrial. The aesthetic has translated quite well to their new location in Great Tew, with its chocolate box cottage front and inside is cosy.
The most important thing though is that the bread, croissants, pastries and coffee all remain melt-in-the-mouth delicious! And if you’re lucky, you might get to see a Duchess tucking into a doughnut.
Bakergirl is open four days a week, Thursday to Sunday, 10am – 3pm. Lunchtimes are always busy, especially at weekends. A loaf costs about £3.50 but it’s worth it and remember to park in the car park on the edge of the village – otherwise, you’ll have the locals after you!