Buns and bread, the artisanal variety, are about to abound in our local suburbs.  One could argue that it started a few years back with Lawleys in Mt Lawley, The Pearl in Highgate and New Norcia Bakery in Mt Hawthorn, but now we’ve got several other newcomers that have arrived, or are planning to open, on our doorsteps, and it won’t just be bread on the menu…

Mary Street Bakery (no website or facebook page found yet!)

Operated by the team that brings you Cantina, el Publico and more recently Ace Pizza, the Mary Street Bakery, Highgate  is on the old Soto site on the corner of Beaufort & Mary Sts and will produce slow fermenting, naturally rising breads made from south west, stone-milled biodynamic Eden Valley flour.  It’s due to open imminently (as soon as the fit out is finished) and the cafe will serve breakfast and lunch daily. A liquor license has been applied for.

The Woodfired Baker, Maylands

Unlike the other two newbies here, The Woodfired Baker just does bread – but it doesn’t have its own shopfront.  Its traditional organic sourdough breads and pastries which are sold through The Old Bakery Gallery & Cafe on Eighth Ave Maylands and Smoult’s Continental Deli on Whatley Cres, Maylands.  They also supply several local markets, including the Perth City Farm on Saturday mornings.

Cowboy Bakery, Inglewood, next to Miss Kitty’s

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Ian Lawless, the man behind the recently opened Miss Kitty’s Saloon in Inglewood and Wee Bar in Mt Hawthorn, must have realised he was onto a good thing in Inglewood (and much cheaper rents), as, according to a recent article in The West,  he’s reportedly signed  a lease on the space next door to Miss Kitty’s and planning  to open a bakery/cafe in about six months time, also with a liquor license.  The article quotes Lawless as saying his newest venue will have an American pop style theme.  In addition to traditional breads there will be freshly made popcorn, donuts, wagon wheels and soft serve ice-cream as well as savoury dishes like mac and cheese.   It’s great to see this kind of investment in Inglewood and I can see this becoming a regular after school treat stop for the kids and I (the kid for the ice cream and donuts, me for a glass of wine!).

What do you think about our new additions and these new food trends? Are you a regular buyer of Maylands Woodfired bread already? Will you be dropping in to check out the Mary Street Bakery and the Cowboy Bakery when they open? Leave us a comment and let us know.