Sausage rolls are hitting the headlines but Liverpool has been banging out savoury pastry goodness for decades. Here’s our guide to where you can get your hands on some of the very best.
Does anything cure a hangover, make a grim Monday tolerable, or delight a toddler more than a sausage roll? We’ve long known the life-giving value of sausage rolls, pork pies, croissants and cheese pasties and we’re blessed with a proliferation of fine bakeries in Liverpool. Here’s some of our favourites:
The Satterthwaite’s name carries over 100 years of history with it. When the original bakeries closed, pastry lovers of North Liverpool were bereft, but rather than mourning savouries loved and lost, a local couple snapped up this site and are flying the Satterthwaite’s flag. The pasties are great but it’s the pork pies that get people queuing round the block – keep it classic or go wild and try the black pudding, chorizo or pickle specials.
Address: 51 Coronation Rd, Crosby, Liverpool L23 5RE
Rumour has it that since Porkie Pies opened last year some Garston residents are now 98% pastry. That’s because this is proper artisan baking – so don’t expect rows of pretty, uniform bakes. It’s hard to look past the incredible sausage rolls – big slabs of quality meat wrapped in flaky, buttery blankets – but perhaps even better are the fragrant chicken curry pies complete with a crispy onion bhaji lid. Both sell out daily, so get yourself down there sharpish.
Address: 8-10 Speke Rd, Garston Liverpool, Garston L19 2LW
Red or blue you can’t deny the quality of the pies and pasties dished out at Homebaked Anfield. The scouse pies are outstanding, sausage rolls mighty and they do a fine sourdough for good measure. Plus this community run, cooperative bakery is at the centre of work to regenerate the area. Check them out in Anfield or try a Homebaked Pie with mash and lashings of gravy at their Baltic Market pop-up.
Address: 197 Oakfield Rd, Liverpool L4 0UF
Rough Hand Made
Take note of the name, the pastry wares on offer here might not win any baking beauty contests but their pies and pasties are a triumph for the taste buds. Once a firm favourite on Penny Lane you can now get your fix at the Albert dock. They do the classics really well but it’s when the South American and Middle Eastern influences of this husband and wife team shine through that the magic happens. The spinach and feta rolls are awesome and we know we’re talking pasty… but we’ve never had a better pitta bread.
Address: Unit 2A, Britannia Pavilion Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AD
Lodge Lane Bakery
Lodge Lane – a street going through somewhat of a renaissance with a promising future. The food scene hasn’t half taken off recently, due to the award-winning L8 Superstore and more. Along the road is a very small and assuming shop called Lodge Lane Bakery. They’ve become very well-known for their shawarma but as well as that they bake fresh baklava, naan breads and other middle-eastern inspired delights every day.
Address: Lodge Ln, Liverpool L8 0QE
Thought Artisane was all about baguettes, croissants and delicate macarons? Think again, these guys rustle up some mighty fine pastry too. The crumbly, buttery shortcrust of their pies encase standout fillings including classic beef, chicken curry or punchy cheese and onion. The goats cheese tart and melt in the mouth quiches are winners too.
Address: 263 Woolton Rd and 84A Bold St
The Bread Shop bakery
Don’t be misled by the name of this in-your-face South Liverpool institution – this is a pastry lovers paradise. For more than 60 years it’s been serving up a huge variety of pies and pasties. Choose from classic Cornish pasties and steak slices, try a delicious pork, cheese and pickle pie or get your salt and pepper hit with Liverpool’s first and only salt and pepper sausage roll. The Bread Shop is a great shout for gluten free pies too as they stock a wide range from local makers The Gluten Free Pie Company.
Address: 319 Aigburth Rd, Liverpool L17 0BJ
Rays have been whipping up pies and pasties in Prescot since the 1920s and in 2012 decided Allerton Road deserved a slice of the action. It’s more old-school than artisan but the pastry is golden and the fillings hearty, head here for traditional pork pies, veggie lattices, chicken and ham pies and deliciously flaky sausage rolls.
Address: 116-118 Allerton Rd, Liverpool L18 2DG
Bon Bon Bakery
The Berry Street bakery is perfect for those with a sweet tooth. One of Liverpool’s biggest hidden gems – you’d be forgiven for walking past the shop without realising. Whilst they’re more known for the sweet options, including a coconut bun that we’d inhale every day given the opportunity, they also have some amazing pastry on offer. Just don’t forget to get a char sui bun.
Address: 38 Berry St, Liverpool L1 4JQ
East Avenue Bakehouse
They bake their own bread, import their own wine and use seasonal, local produce for their modern British menu. Whilst we’re all fast asleep their bakers are up throughout the night baking their signature breads, sausage rolls and other baked delights that rarely last long on the shelves.
Address: 112 Bold St, Liverpool L1 4HY
The Wild Loaf
Liverpool is a city of makers and dreamers and every now and then, those two come together in fantastic fashion. Jessica Doyle is an art student by trade, but is now less Jackson Pollock and more sourdough. If you see one of her loaves, you can see her degree wasn’t wasted, they’re pure art in their very own right. People travel daily for their grilled cheese sandwiches, fresh doughnuts, loaves and more.
Address: 24 Hardman St, Liverpool L1 9AX
Little Macaron Shop
The Little Macaron Shop was set up by pastry chef and baker Stephen Maddock. He started his journey selling handmade macarons locally to customers online. In the early days Stephen would create each order by hand, personally perfecting every detail right down to the delivery boxes. As demand quickly increased he began trading at a local market and soon after producing and selling from his new shop in Waterloo, North Liverpool. Expect macarons, pies, bread, cakes, pastries and a famous hybrid of a macaron and eclair called ‘maclair’.
Address: 44A St John’s Rd, Waterloo, Liverpool L22 9QG
Italian Club Bakery
Italian Club Bakery is a traditional Italian-style bakery just off Bold Street, offering freshly baked breads, pastries and celebration cakes. The duo behind the award-winning Italian restaurant Italian Club and its partner site, Italian Club Fish. Inspired by requests from regular visitors with a love of breads and pastries, the team decided to open a traditional Italian bakery in the heart of Liverpool’s bustling restaurant quarter.
Address: 22 Newington, Liverpool L1 4ED
Ever felt like something was missing? Before the arrival of The Bagelry we just felt like there was something missing in Liverpool. We can’t really explain it, there was just a certain hollow to us as we navigated our way through the labyrinth of the city. A bagel-shaped hole two best friends fulfilled a couple years ago. But it’s so much more than bagels and their pastries and more are some of the best in the city.
Address: 42 Nelson St, Liverpool L1 5DN
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