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For a relatively small population, the town of Berry has some extremely strong foodie contenders.

Milkwood Bakery is no exception, providing high quality breads and baked goods that are worth travelling for.

In this south coast foodie haven, Jelle and Freya Hilkemeijer have become hospitality royalty. A simple ethos of using high quality produce to create simple but delicious meals has imparted a well-deserved reputation upon the pair.

The duo’s first venture was the Berry Sourdough Cafe. When the cafe first opened in 2002, the Hilkemeijers were praised for their commitment to high quality food and produce. As demand for their wood-fired sourdough grew, two extra wood-fired ovens were finished in 2006. An opportunity to expand the pastry kitchen and establish a main street frontage led to the opening of Milkwood Bakery in 2012.

Located in the heart of Queen Street, it wasn’t long before Milkwood Bakery gained a loyal following of its own. Borrowing the format of a traditional small town bakery, Milkwood serves up a selection of freshly baked pies, pastries, cakes and breads, ready to take home or eat in.

With a focus on high quality, local and seasonal produce, the menu features an ever-changing array of baked goods on offer alongside the famous Berry sourdough. There are over a dozen breads to choose from: the light rye is a popular choice, with a blend of stone-ground rye and plain flour that combines to make a beautifully nutty and crusty loaf.

The glass cabinet that stretches the length of the bakery is full of tempting treats. There are flaky croissants; either plain or filled with house-made almond cream. The flourless chocolate espresso cake is an indulgent choice, while the strawberry and custard tartlet is delicious enough to put a smile on the face of anyone who has a bite.

While often forgotten in the world of baked goods, savoury options have a special place in the hearts of Milkwood Bakery’s followers. Savoury muffins and quiches are filled with seasonal produce, while the sausage rolls and pies, come complete with flaky pastry and a filling of juicy, tender meat. If you’re a fan of veggies, you won’t have to miss out – lentil and mushroom or cauliflower pies and spinach, feta and mint rolls are popular among vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.

If you’re after something a little bit healthier, the newest addition to Milkwood has a focus on healthy blends, gourmet salads, and more naturally fermented goodness, including local Buena Vista Farm sauerkraut and Wild Kombucha by Ballsy on tap. If you can get past the bacon and egg rolls, chia pots topped with fresh fruit are a tempting healthy start to the day. There’s even a Cocowhip machine that produces sugar-free, vegan coconut-based so serve.

Everything is available to take away but there’s no reason you can’t take a seat by the window and stay awhile. The pale blue espresso machine delivers consistently delicious coffee while local company, The Juice Farm provides a range of cold-pressed juices.

Milkwood Bakery is the perfect spot for a quick bite to eat or to pick up some tasty treats on the go. Open seven days a week, Jelle, Freya and their terrific team are ready and waiting to look after all your culinary needs.

Locate Milkwood Bakery

109 Queen St, Berry


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