bakery47 is a small artisan bakery on Victoria Road in the south side of the city, run by Anna and Sam Luntley. they began as a home bakery in 2013 offering fresh bread, croissants, cakes and sweet treats to your door by home delivery and supplying a number of independent coffee houses and delis across Glasgow. with the support of council funding they moved to their own premises on the south side of the city in february 2015 and it appears to have been a huge success ever since. they open four mornings a week…thursday to sunday. but make sure you get there early, they sell out fast!
as you walk in you’re faced with rows of sourdough on the left, fresh eggs on the right, in front of you a table laden with freshly baked pastries (the chocolate peanut butter croissants are incredible), along the window are banana loaves wrapped in parchment paper and egg cases with sage.
its worth noting there are only 3 tables if you’re looking to sit in, plus a few stools at the window, so be prepared to wait if you’re not at the front of the queue.
coffee at bakery47 is kept simple during the week, when they offer ‘blend47’, a high quality filter coffee, roasted and created for them by coffee chocolate and tea on Argyle Street. at the weekend, however, it gets a little more interesting, as they hand over their coffee counter to local experts including Fun In A Cup, It All Started Here & Back to Black, as well as a few wild cards. you can see when your favourite coffee will be served on their website.
Below left, sourdough cheese toastie with bakery piccalili (£4). the toast was crunchy and chewy, charred to perfection around the edges. a good strong cheese melted in the middle with some glorious crispy bits to lift it even more. the piccalili was divine. creamy and crunchy, and a perfect accompaniment to the toasted sandwich. comfort food heaven.
Below right, toasted sourdough topped with ricotta, roasted shallots and two boiled eggs and a good sprinkling of dukkah (£5). the crust of the sourdough had a great crunch to it, then you get that glorious chewiness of the middle, then the soft creamy ricotta comes in with the sweet, juicy roasted shallots. the eggs were cooked to perfection, and the dish was finished off with the crunchy, nutty dukkah adding even more texture. Glorious.
there is a constant stream of people queuing both inside and outside bakery47, all eager to buy bread, cake and pastries, and another queue of people eyeballing everyone who had managed to get a table before them. this isn’t a place for a leisurely brunch and weekend catch-up with your friends and the newspapers, this is a run in, grab your bread and pastries, eat fast and go kinda place. but don’t let that put you off.
bakery47 appears to be a lot more than just a simple bakery. reading their website reveals they offer a bread barter on the first wednesday of every month. they lay out fresh loaves on the table available for trade rather than sale. no exchange will be denied: fresh herbs, garden fruit or flowers, home recipes, allotment vegetables, jams, pickles, preserves, an offer of service or advice, an old book, a crafted object….it is their hope that their bread will act as an initial capital and that perhaps over time others will have items they want to offer for barter.
this is a bakery run by people who clearly love what they do, and they are very good at doing it. it is clear to see why people travel from all over Glasgow early in the morning to get their bread and pastries before they sell out.
*remember to bring cash! they don’t take cards, although there is a cash point nearby if you need it.*
Thu & Fri: 8–11am
Sat & Sun: 9–11am
Mon – Wed: Closed