The unkind may call us ‘Bakery Sluts’ with some validity – but Pilchard and I prefer the term ‘connoisseurs’! Either way, the Old Bakery Stone Hut took our extensive bakery experience to a new level. From the ‘Best Pies in the Universe’ claim around the side to the value-added local produce (including wine) in the cafe, this bakery has it all. Hell, it’s even got its own accommodation!!
As well it might …
In the southern Flinders Ranges halfway between Laura and Wirrabara, the imaginatively named Stone Hut -actually a collection of stone huts left from its previous life as a Cobb & Co station – is another ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ town. Or it would be if not for the bakery.
Tragically, I’m unable to confirm the BPITU claim as our October 2010 visit was inexpertly timed for morning tea. What I CAN confirm, however, is that if had I been there at lunchtime, selecting a pie would have been a tough job! Morning tea was hard enough – the astounding choice on offer that is the sure sign of a good bakery also slowed down the service for the unfortunates waiting behind us!
Sadly, no pictures of our purchases exist – there being no point photographing empty plates!! But the expression on the faces of two hapless overseas tourists who came upon us in full mid-morning tea mode at an outside table, and their subsequent retreat into the bakery itself could only mean one thing – that we were a great advertisement for the bakery food. Or … maybe two – our excpetional food-wolfing abilities just MAY have been more than a little bit scary!!
Whatever the explanation, I’ll bet almost anything you like that if (when!) you visit the Old Bakery Stone Hut you’ll leave with more than you planned to!!