We’ve already told you how to stay caffeinated on a regional road trip, but what to do when hunger strikes? If a chiko roll or wilted salad from a dodgy servo doesn’t appeal, a pie is the next obvious choice. Thankfully, there are plenty of good bakeries across the state – and most major regional towns have at least one. Here are six you should visit.
Margaret River Bakery
You must visit Margaret River Bakery at least once on every trip to Margs. Start with a big breakfast, then stock up on pies, cakes and bread for later. The pancakes are excellent, the chocolate meringues are as big as your head and the coffee is drinkable. (Warning: it’s closed on Sundays.)
Mon to Sat 7am–4pm
While you may have tasted Pinjarra Bakery’s wares at its outposts in Maddington, Waroona and Port Kennedy, the original shop in Pinjarra offers the best experience. With pies, cakes, sandwiches, drinks and even gelato on the menu, there’s something for everyone. Recent Pie of the Month creations include nacho beef, bacon double-cheeseburger, and spaghetti and meatballs.
Mon to Fri 6am–5pm
Sat & Sun 6.30am–4pm
Miami Bakehouse is another regional bakery currently undergoing an impressive expansion, with six outlets throughout WA. Its pies, breads and cakes have won more than 850 state and national awards throughout its 25 years of operation. A new Pie of the Week is released every Tuesday – previous varieties include seafood lasagne and chicken chow mein.
Sat & Sun 6am–5.15pm
Yallingup Woodfired Bread
Something of a south-west institution, Yallingup Woodfired Bread produces four types of sourdough and up to 1200 loaves per day during peak times. Loaves are baked to be ready in the afternoon, so we suggest arriving around 3pm. If you can’t make it to the bakery, Yallingup bread is also available in supermarkets and other outlets around the region.
Tue to Sat 7am–6pm
Just over an hour’s drive north-east of Perth, Toodyay Bakery is a reliable stop for food and coffee. The 2016 winner of Australia’s best pastie also serves breakfast, lunch and a range of pies, breads and cakes. Worth the trip even if you’re not heading out of town.
Mon to Sun 7am–3pm
123 Stirling Terrace, Toodyay
The Baker’s Hill Pie Shop
Thirty kilometres south of Toodyay Bakery is Baker’s Hill Pie Shop, which is almost 30 years old now. It has a range of sweets, pastries and pasties, but as the name would suggest, it’s famous for its pies. There’s a strong vegetarian selection (including satay veg, and spinach and sweet potato); the signature meat pie is the Burgundy (with red wine, mushrooms and onions). Save room for a vanilla slice.
Mon to Sun 6am–6pm
This article first appeared on Broadsheet on 12 December 2019. Menu items may have changed since publication.