Picking up pastries from Bread Addiction in Southsea

Cakes and buns by the sea! A short stroll from Southsea Beach will find you on Elm Grove at Bread Addiction, a cosy cafe that will satisfy all of your bakery desires.

Portsmouth’s foodie scene is an ever growing hub of independents offering treats both savoury and sweet. Take a look at my recent stop for croissants and don’t forget to let me know what you think if you decide to pop by!

Cute benches and graffitied walls give this bakery the feel that you’re sat in the Brighton Lanes instead of Portsmouth. It’s a great place to pop in and grab some treats before walking to the beach, taking in some sea air and scoffing your buys.

Bread Addiction’s mantra is one I can totally get on board with, that it believes in the traditional way of making bread. It chooses to use organic flour, water, sea salt, natural levain and all the bread is made by hand with local sourced¬†seasonal ingredients that change with the seasons.

With everything from savoury stuffed croissants to tempered chocolate patisserie there’s so much choice packed into the glass counters of the cafe. I’ve also seen that there’s a rather tasty looking breakfast menu available, so I’m looking forward to returning to try it out. There’s lots of tempting meals in its ‘Feel Good Foods’ section – staples of any morning breakfast menu.

Well it looks like I know where to go to get my chocolate fix next time! These neatly formed cakes would be just right for a spot of afternoon tea or a small gathering for an indulgent treat.

While I didn’t seen any vegan offerings, there might be I just did see them, I spotted several gluten free options, the brownies looked delish!

I think I’d have happily bought the entire counter but we opted for croissants to take home and have later to brighten up a rainy afternoon. There’s nothing quite like a crispy croissant, a cup of tea and a cold and drizzly afternoon to enjoy it on.

The pain au chocolat at Bread Addiction


The almond croissant from Bread Addiction

It was a short but very sweet stop and while the food was the main attraction its classes also caught my eye. Hands on bread making classes are lead by the bakers, it teaches you the essential skills for sourdough baking, and you’ll make three different types of bread. It sounds like fun and a good gift for the aspiring baker!

What a great find in central Portsmouth, let me know what you think if you visit and what cake or pastry you indulged in. I’ll have to grab another one of the pain au chocolat’s very soon!


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