Last Updated on 29th October 2018 by Sophie Nadeau
Serving all things sourdough and located in the very heart of Launceston, the Little Bakehouse @ Launceston is an award-winning bakery and coffee shop serving all manner of teas, cakes, coffees, and flavourful dishes.
Launceston itself is a must-see South West town and was even once the capital of Cornwall. Home to a castle, countless antique shops, and a superb town museum, you could easily dedicate an entire afternoon to wandering around the town, soaking up the historic atmosphere, and acclimatising to the slower pace of life to be found there.
Though I’ve spent years living just a few hours away, I always avoided the stop-off and yet now that I’ve been, Launceston is now a place I’ll surely return to. For those who are making their way to Southern Cornwall, Launceston is the perfect place to stop off and refuel en route between the rest of the UK and the most Westerly point of England.
Food and drink at the Little Bakehouse @ Launceston
The bakehouse dubs itself home of the ‘real’ Cornish sourdough. And, safe to say, the sheer number of awards that the bakery and coffee house has since won truly backs up this claim. Located at 26 Church Street, the café is open from Monday through to Saturday.
Though the bakehouse may be little (and limited seating means that you may well want to book a table in advance!), the vibe is friendly and the coffee is ever-flowing. Once inside, fairy lights frame the counter, while wooden tables and chairs are set against a backdrop of row upon row of flour waiting to be transformed into bread.
Tucked away on the corner of Church Street, not far from the ornately carved ecclesiastical building of St Mary Magdalene, this hidden gem of a café serves everything on cool teal dinnerware, while all caffeinated drinks portions are ample sized.
Whether you are a meat lover or prefer your dishes to be completely vegan, the bakery offers a wide array of sweet and savoury dishes. Of particular note is the mushroom concoction which is served on a freshly baked slice of sourdough. And I’m told that the sourdough sweets are well worth purchasing to take away for a later treat!
Things to see near the Little Bakehouse @ Launceston
Launceston Castle: High and imposing above the town below, the impressive fortified ruins of the town’s castle are well worth wandering around, if only to see the view and spy the Atlantic Sea some fair few miles away.
St Mary Magdalene’s Church: The grade I listed ecclesiastical building is free to enter and is filled with all manner of stained glass windows. Though they all date to around the 18th-19th centuries, all are created with entirely different designs.
Launceston Museum (Lawrence House): If you make it your mission to see just one attraction in Launceston, make it the town’s museum. Free to visit and rather expansive in size, the National Trust owned property documents the history of Launceston and the surrounding Cornish countryside.
Jamaica Inn: The inn which gives its name to the iconic novel of the same name by Daphne Du Maurier is located a few miles from Launceston, on the fringes of the formidable Bodmin Moor. Once thought to have been frequented by smugglers, today the pub is something of a tourist trap (though is still worth visiting briefly if you’re a fan of all things literature-related).