Yep, the name says it all, Bangalow Bread make bread in Bangalow.
But as anyone who’s perused the glutinous plastic bag offerings in the local supermarket will tell you, there’s bread and then there’s Bangalow Bread’s organic sourdough.
Tyson and Jess Phillips took over the small-town bakery in 2019, and brought the traditional methods of the age-old trade of baking into the modern, if still somewhat charming, main street of Bangalow. To use a modern word, this is ‘artisanal’ bread, but it really means something in this context – each loaf is hand-crafted by their bakers, free of additives or preservatives.
Their gut-loving sourdough breads, which look fantastic by the way, are made daily by a traditional process and slowly fermented for a minimum of 24 hours so they have just the right amount of taste and chew. They use local suppliers to source everything in season, and fresh local ingredients.
Just to further reduce your ‘food miles’ all the freshly baked items in the shop are made in house, and it’s not hard to find an advocate online for any one of their bakery items, including: some of the best pies you’ll ever taste (filled with slow cooked locally-sourced beef cooked on-site); must-have lemon tarts; exotic savoury focaccias (such as the jalapeno and cherry tomato version); chocolate mud cakes topped with maple bacon and peanut brittle; vanilla slices made with butter puff pastry and passionfruit icing… and all the rest. They all go perfectly with their coffee.
But, at the end of the day – or perhaps at the beginning of the day if you’re one of those people who can leave the house to buy fresh bread and then return to have it for breakfast – you should take home a loaf of their sourdough bread. Imagine how satisfying it will be to plonk it down in your kitchen and say, ‘Look at that, that’s Bangalow bread for you’. So much more satisfying than buying bread from the distant faceless corporations who sell bread in the supermarket.
Where do you get this Bangalow bread?
Bangalow Bread Co.
12 Byron St, Bangalow
Sat and Sun 7am–2pm.