The clue is in the name: there’s a moral pluckiness to this bakery-café, where slow-ferment sourdough forms the base of a wide range of cakes and other treats. In an area overburdened with chains and tourist hell-holes, Fortitude evokes an era when bakes were homely and wholesome, and tasted of something other than white sugar and cheap frosting. A larder of North African ingredients and delectable brioche buns filled with the likes of caramelised apple and custard, stop it all getting too hairshirt. There’s savoury options too. Not just scones (chorizo and cheddar, say), but sausage rolls, veggie gallettes and batbouts (Moroccan flatbreads) crammed with spiced shredded chicken or herby ham hock. You can perch on stools at the coffee bar inside or grace the garden furniture by the cobbled mews, but despite the warm welcome, this is not a place to linger with latte and laptop.
Fortitude BakehouseUtilitarian-chic bakery and coffee shop with cakes as nourishing as they are naughty
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