The classic cream horn takes pride of place at The Bakery Ebrington

The classic cream horn takes pride of place at The Bakery Ebrington

There’s one product you absolutely must stock if you’re launching a new bakery in Derry – and that’s the humble cream horn.

Immortalised in Derry Girls as the sweet treat beloved of Granda Joe, the cream horn takes pride of place in the goodies on display at The Bakery Ebrington, which  has enjoyed huge success since opening a couple of months ago.

Launched in a former security building on what was once Ebrington Barracks, the bakery is proving popular with walkers, cyclists and employees who work close to the new Ebrington Square, as well as plenty of fans who cross the Peace Bridge from the city centre to treat themselves.

The bakery offers a range of freshly baked breads, including granary, white, sourdough, honey and spelt and cornbread, which is a big seller – not to mention hot breakfasts and lunches.

“We offer scones, pancakes, muffins – cinnamon swirls are a big seller of ours as well, and we do everything from your standard gravy ring, to your cream finger doughnut right up to your deluxe doughnuts,” office manager Ann Marie McMenamin says.

“We have an extensive range of pastries, brownies, cupcakes and puff pastries. We also do cream horns with icing on them, for your Derry Girls!”

Celebration cakes are also available to order alongside a fresh cream counter which offers a further selection of pastries and fresh fruit meringues.

“We offer ice cream as well as hot and cold drinks. You can get your flat white, your latte, your cappuccino and more recently we have added iced coffees to our menu, for the summer months. Our ice cream has proved very popular with families,” Ann Marie says.

And unlike most bakeries, The Bakery opens seven days a week, albeit with a smaller offering on Sundays.

“There’s a lot of passing trade, people out for walks with their dogs and also a lot of tourists. People also come for picnics in St Columb’s Park,” Ann Marie says.

“Park benches are available on Ebrington Square and there is also a lovely seated area around the Peace Tree which is just outside our front door. In addition to this we also decided to provide some bistro tables and chairs outside the building for our customers to avail of.”

To read the full feature, see the June/July edition of Neighbourhood Retailer, out later this week.