Manchester, United Kingdom
Launched in an archway behind Manchester’s Piccadilly railway station, Pollen Bakery became the go-to nook for sticks of sourdough and sweet pastries. After a couple of years of mounting popularity, driven mainly by word of mouth, it ditched its humble first home and today resides in swish new canal-side digs in Ancoats; all buffed concrete and raw wood. As well as the distinguished breads and heavy slabs of cake, there’s a brief but satisfying weekend brunch menu. The cruffins, meanwhile, are the stuff of modern Mancunian legend, even if they’re only available on Saturdays.
Cotton Field Wharf 8 New Union Street M4 6FQ