Brilliant Bakeries in Your Margaret River Region
From biodynamic woodfired bread, to sweet treats worth every calorie. Lizzy Pepper discovers a local bakery is more than just a meat pie.
A bakery is more than just a meat pie magnet; it can be a place perfection is found.
Jam and cream donuts, yellow vanilla slice, sausage rolls doused in ketchup. Feet covered in sand, and fingers sticky with sugar. These are the happy memories of childhood bakery visits.
Nowadays I love a chunky beef pie, gourmet wraps, vege frittatas, fresh white bread and salted caramel donuts – and bakeries still make me happy.
Killer Vanilla Slice
Baked, Busselton scooped some serious accolades for their breads at the Perth Royal Food Awards, and it’s little wonder. The husband and wife duo put a lot of love into their boutique bakery, and it shows in the beautiful display, elegant cakes, tantalizing wraps and tasty breads. The staff are all beaming, and owner Candice offers a cheery hello from the coffee machine. Her husband Chris is a baker and pastry chef and “makes a killer vanilla slice”, and after long careers in the industry are thrilled to finally have their own bakery.
Best bread: Artisan 12-hour ferment loaf.
Luscious lunch: Curried chicken wrap or a slice of caramel beetroot seed loaf
91 Queen St, Busselton. Open 7 days.
Best Bread in WA?
Margaret River Woodfired Bread is certified organic and tasted fresh from the oven is a highly memorable experience. The ovens are built from volcanic stones and heated by the flickering flames of a genuine woodfire. The local biodynamic grown grain, is stoneground to the finest flour and gently kneaded then fermented over many hours. Zero chemical treatment or mechanical abuse takes place. This bread is cared for like a baby. The bakery is tucked next to an Antique store on the corner of Boodjidup Road & Burton Road in Margaret River. Grab a hot loaf before turning up to a BBQ and you’ll most definitely please the host.
Unit 2/2 Boodjidup Road, Margaret River
Bonus: Staying in Yallingup? Tucked away in the Yallingup bush is another biodynamic bakery making bread irresistible. Visit Yallingup Woodfired Bakery run by German baker Gotthard Bauer.
Visiting on a Saturday morning? The Margaret River Farmers Market is an exciting place to grab a feed. Get a mixed biscuit bag from Claudio Biscotti. Jill James makes ethereal duck pies, asparagus tarts and plum tarts from scratch, including the pastry. Nadia from Harlequin Desserts is a Master Chocolatier so pick up cocoa-rich truffles along with brioche donuts filled with passionfruit curd, Nutella or dulce de leche. Donuts aside, Nadia makes plenty of gluten free and vegan cakes, slices and desserts, which can also be found at Yahava, Gourmet Merchant in Cowaramup and the Prevelly General Store.
Lot 272 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River. Saturday mornings.
The Willy Wonka of Bakeries
I got hooked on The Margaret River Bakery buying their apricot Danishes at the Margaret River Farmers Market every Saturday morning. Their market stall is piled high with organic loaves, croissants, cronuts and granola-yoghurt-raspberry cups and staff always greet you with a smile. Their bakery-café on the main street of town is even better; lavish displays of dark chocolate brownies, brûlée tarts, veggie frittatas, jam-packed toasties and salted caramel donuts served on mismatched vintage china. There’s the usual hot pies and pastries, plus an epic breakfast and burger menu. The food is sophisticated and the décor retro-cool. Owner Lyndon is a 5th-generation Dutch baker and his two sons Ethan and Taj are responsible for the superb pastries and croissants.
Bonus: great coffee
Just opened: “Egberts”, a new coffee, croissant and toast bar run by Lyndon and his sons
89 Bussell Highway, Margaret River. Closed Sundays.
Bit of a local’s secret, The Food Room in Margaret River makes, hands-down, the best bacon and egg toasted wraps. Working nearby they were my “healthy option” (ha!) compared to indulging in a pie. And bless them, the gorgeous staff remember your name when you visit more than once and give the warmest welcome. Pies are fantastic too, with beautiful pastry.
Eat: any of the toasted wraps
14 Fearn Avenue, Margaret River. Closed Sundays.
Old School Charm
High on the hill as you drive into Augusta town, Augusta Bakery and Café is the place to fuel up before a big day exploring the rivers, back beaches and lighthouse. Generous filled rolls, pies with flaky pastry and a cabinet full of traditional cakes; cream donuts, matchsticks, strudel, bee stings and hedgehog slice. Grab a table and take in the awesome view.
121 Blackwood Avenue, Augusta. Open 7 days.
Another hidden secret is Augusta’s Ragged Robin Cafe. Tucked at the back of the vintage store full of art, furniture, and retro home decor – is a great place to have a coffee and a slice of cake and take in the view of the Blackwood River. Cakes are home-made and taste incredible.
93 Blackwood Ave, Augusta
Dunsborough: Gourmet to Go’s chunky beef pies, Tas’s Bakery for a post-surf pick me up.
Prevelly: Prevally General Store’s pies, sandwiches and rolls
Busselton: Rise & Co, The Sugar Chef Patisserie
Now you know what you’re eating… time to book somewhere to stay
Photo Credit: Russell Ord, & Elements Margaret River.
This article was first published in Your Margaret River Region’s Spring 2019 Magazine and has been updated with minor changes.
Margaret River Farmers MarketEvery Saturday: April to October 8am - 12pm AND November to March 7:30am - 11:30amGreat For: Child Friendly,Open for Business,Picnic Spot
Lot 272 Bussell Highway, Margaret River, WA, 6285, Australia
The Food RoomMonday - Thursday: 7:00am until 4:00pm
Friday: 7:00am until 3:00pm
Saturday: 7:00am until 2:00pm
1/14 Fearn Ave, Margaret River, WA 6285
Margaret River Woodfired BreadMonday: 3:00pm until 6:00pm
Tuesday - Saturday: 8:00am until 6:00pm
Sunday: ClosedGreat For: Open for Business
Unit 2/2 Boodjidup Road, Margaret River, WA 6285