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Top 5 French Bakeries for ‘La fête des rois’

2 January 2019 |

The Galette des rois is a French frangipane tart eaten around Twelfth Night, which hides a “fève” – literally a “bean” or in this case a small trinket, usually made of porcelain. We think this is the perfect excuse (not that you need one) to seek out the best French bakeries this side of the Channel…

Bertinet Bakery, Bath
This boulangerie makes the kind of bread that people dream about – on both sides of the Channel. Expect high-end baking, with a firm grip on the traditional styles that we know and love.
 
They also run a cookery school so you can lift the lid on all the best baking secrets, learning from Bertinet's expert French baker / chef Richard Bertinet.
 
Image credit: @BertinetBakery via Twitter
 
The Bertinet Bakery and Cookery School is located at 12 St Andrew’s Terrace, Bath BA1 2QR



Bisous Bisous, Manchester
This heavenly purveyor of the finest patisserie, opened by Alex Moreau and Kirsty McAlpine, offers handmade products every day, including bread, viennoiserie, patisserie and macarons. Galettes des rois will be available from Friday 4th January.
 
Image courtesy of Bisous Bisous 
 
Bisous Bisous has 4 Manchester locations, including 83 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2BW


 
Patisserie Liberté, also Manchester
Whether or not you find the ‘fève’, any Galette-lovers in Manchester have lucked out, with yet another gorgeous French bakery on Hilton Street. Here they serve a range of single origin coffees, luxury teas and original French pâtisseries – parfait.
 
Image credit: @PatisserieLib_ via Twitter
 
Patisserie Liberté is at 10 Hilton Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, England M1 1JF


 
Real Patisserie, Brighton
The first of these authentic French patisseries opened in 1997 in Trafalgar Street, near Brighton station, and now they’ve multiplied to five! Everything is baked in their shops in open-to-view kitchens so you can see the magic happen for yourself... Their crisp, golden galettes des rois are fit for kings – which is appropriate, when you think about it.
 
Image credit: Real Patisserie via Facebook
 
Real Patisserie can be found at various locations around Brighton.

 

The Wee Boulangerie, Edinburgh
Follow your nose to this artisan bakery in the heart of Edinburgh’s Southside. They re-open on Saturday 5th January 2019, in time for the Galette des Rois and Spanish Roscon de los Reyes!
 
Image credit: Wee Boulangerie via Facebook
 
The Wee Boulangerie is at 67 Clerk Street, Edinburgh EH8 9JG


 

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