The Margaret River Bakery Café poses as a welcoming spot for visitors to the popular tourist town. Its location, which is situated just before the central town strip along Bussel Highway, should arguably be the first port of call. One could easily be fooled by its unassuming exterior, but what lies within truly is a hidden gem.
[ADVERT]The eclectic and homely décor, which includes beaded curtains, old fashioned furniture and the use of mismatched crockery, is matched with an eclectic clientele, ranging from surfers, hippies, tourists and families, all attesting to the bakery's widespread appeal among locals and visitors alike.
The stupendous array of baked goods that adorn the counter and a very enticing menu are the ultimate attractions of Margaret River Bakery. Based upon a fair few visits that I have made here, I recommend the muffins and salted caramel donuts if you have a sweet tooth. As for the breakfast options, you really do get a bang for your buck here; there is no lack of restraint when it comes to portion sizes. The pancakes, which are the size of dinner plates, are served as a generous stack drowned in maple syrup and the French toasted fruit bread practically consists of half a loaf of bread, soaked and fried in a gooey egg mixture.
Exhibit A: Pancakes w/ maple syrup, cream & cinnamon pear $14. Exhibit B: Fruit & nut french toast w/ maple syrup, cream & cinnamon pear $14
If you're after a healthier breakfast, the Bakery also has granola and bircher museli on the menu. A personal favourite dish of mine, however, is the Field Breakfast, which consists of field mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, feta, onion relish, rocket and garlic toast. In one word: yum.
Despite these glowing reviews, the bakery does have a few faults. On my most recent visit, I was waiting up to forty minutes for my breakfast to come out. Luckily, I had bought a muffin to tide me over. Furthermore, my companion thought her mug of flat white was too milky, which dampened her enjoyment of our visit. A massive downside to the cosy interior and décor also means that finding a seat for big groups can become an issue, so securing a table usually comes down to luck and timing.
Overall, however, it's places like these that I remember most fondly about trips away. Good food and good company is essentially everything I want out of life, and the atmosphere and offerings of the Margaret River bakery celebrates just that.
The good Delicious food Day old pastries and cakes available at reduced prices
Homely décor Friendly staff Fresh ingredients and local produce
Inside and outdoor seating
The not so good
We were just there in the most recent school holidays (July). They made the best beef burgers. The burgers were juicy and there was so much yummy salad and extras in there. We also had a yummy salted caramel cream donut too!!