The other weekend, with Broen/Bron/The Bridge back on our screens, my partner & I were feeling peckish for something Scandi for breakfast, so jumped in the car and made for Pontcanna, Cardiff, to visit the new Danish bakery, Brød, that had opened two weeks previous.
Brød, situated in the old Philip Morgan and Son premises and was set up by Betina Skovbro. Originally from Copenhagen and inspired by her grandfather, a baker, the vision was to bring a slice of Denmark to Cardiff, with Ben Davies (an ex-Starbucks supervisor) in charge of the coffee and Danish baker Simon Stokholm in charge of making their delectable pastries & breads.
With an interior to make a mid-century fanatic drool and peppered with Danish flags, the place definitely is a little Scandinavian grotto, in the heart of Cardiff, Skovbro even imported her grandmother’s furniture, for that sense of Scandi-authenticity.
Arriving 20 minutes after it opened, the place was already buzzing with a variety of people, from families grabbing a Saturday morning treat to friends gossiping and laughing about the night before. Being greedy I fancied trying everything on the menu, but it being early, they hadn’t quite finished making everything. So we had one of each (of what was available) and two lattes. It all came to £15! Bargain :O !
On a big wooden platter we had a chocolate cinnamon swirl (snegl); a Danish crown (spandauer); two kinds of pastry slice – one being a Copenhagen slice (Købehavner); a chocolate topped pastry (chokolade bolle) and a danish raisin bun (not pictured).
So buttery, so decadent and the best pastry I’ve had in a while. It simply transported me back to our little holiday to København, that we had in October! (More of which to come!)
After a long chat with the owner – she’s so lovely, very friendly – it was time for us to be on our way. With my usual ‘eyes bigger than belly’ syndrome (we ordered way too many!) a doggy bag was definitely needed. Plus, I couldn’t help but buy a fresh rye sourdough loaf on my way out (which was lovely, topped gravadlax and pickles, I have to add!) it was time to book.
I would recommend this little slice of Denmark to anyone; anyone looking for a great coffee, great pastries and a great atmosphere.
Mange Tak Brød!
126 Wyndham Crescent