Kookaburra Bakehouse

A lovely piccolo, served in a glass and topped with some intricate latte art at Kookaburra Bakehouse in Chester.Kookaburra Bakehouse on Goss Street in Chester is the latest venture from the team that brought you Bean & Cole, in partnership with Jess, who bakes all the lovely cakes for Bean & Cole. It opened in July this year, offering a simple menu of excellent espresso-based coffee from Ozone, along with a range of sweet and savoury goodies (although mostly sweet), all baked in the kitchen upstairs.

It’s a tiny place, principally catering to the takeaway trade, although there are a couple of bars offering limited inside seating, where you can sit and chat with whoever is behind the counter (Ian, aka “Bean”, in our case, while his partner, Nicole, is the “Cole” of Bean & Cole). Opening hours are limited for now, from eight o’clock in the morning on Thursday, Friday and Saturday until a nominal two o’clock closing time (or when all the cakes have been sold!).

You can read more of my thoughts after the gallery.

  • On Goss Street, in the heart of Chester, it's Kookaburra Bakehouse!
  • If you're wondering where Goss Street is, this helpful sign on Watergate Street points...
  • ... you in the right direction.
  • Folowing the sign takes you up a short pedestrian passage and then, there it is, on the left.
  • This, by the way, is what it looks like when it's closed (from a visit on a Tuesday in July).
  • This is the view if you're coming the other way.
  • And the view head on. The bakery, by the way, is directly above the coffee shop.
  • The detail on the window is exquisite (and badly photographed).
  • There's also useful information on the door.
  • Let's go in, shall we?
  • Inside, there's not a lot to Kookaburra Bakehouse. The counter is at the back...
  • ... while to the left is this three-person bar against the left-hand wall.
  • There's a corresponding two-person bar in the window on the right-hand side...
  • ... which is next to the counter.
  • Talking of which, the counter occupies the whole of the back of Kookaburra Bakehouse.
  • The day's baking is on the left: cakes, biscuits, pastries and some savouries are on display.
  • It's mostly sweet things to be fair, although there are filled croissants and scrolls.
  • It all looks so good!
  • The coffee side of the operation is on the right...
  • ... while the admirably concise menu is on the wall behind the counter.
  • There are a pair of Mahlkönig Peak grinders, one for the house blend, the other for decaf.
  • The house blend is the Hodson, by the way. The Brothers is for retail. Talking of which...
  • ... there's more (Aussie-themed) retail on this set of shelves to the right of the door.
  • A nice touch of green, and good reuse of a milk bottle from Peckforton Farm Dairy.
  • Amanda had a long black...
  • ... while I had a piccolo, which was served in a glass...
  • ... and came with some awesome latte art, particularly impressive given the lack of space!
  • And, of course, there were pastries. This is a raspberry Danish, with the River Dee in the...
  • ... background, while this is an in-focus cinnamon twist with a blurry River Dee.
  • The raspberry Danish, topped with fresh raspberries and chocolate shavings, in more detail.
  • And here's the cinnamon twist, coated in cinnamon sugar.
  • And finally, we saved a Nutella cruffin to have with some coffee at home.
  • I'll leave you with a cross section of the cruffin, croissant dough baked in a muffin tin.
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Kookaburra Bakehouse is on Goss Street, right in the heart of Chester, just north of Watergate Street (itself home to several speciality coffee shops), where a handy sign, tucked away on a wall, points towards Goss Street. Following the sign through a short pedestrian passage, you’ll find Kookaburra on the ground floor of an old, three-storey brick building, set back slightly on the left on the corner with Crook Street.

Kookaburra occupies a small shop front with central double doors, a tall picture window on either side. There’s a similar window around the corner on the right-hand side, while upstairs (which is much larger) is the retail bakery where Jess works her magic. The counter, which is at the back, runs the full width of the shop, while if you’re sitting in, there’s a narrow, three-person bar running the length of the left-hand wall, and a shorter, two-person bar in the window to the right. And that’s it, except for a narrow set of retail shelves in the corner to the right of the window.

The counter is split into two, the left-hand side displaying that day’s cakes, pastries and savouries (such as sandwiches and scrolls). The right-hand side is the domain of the La Marzocco Linea espresso machine and its two Mahlkönig Peak grinders (house blend and decaf). Finally, the menu is on the wall behind the counter, displaying an admirably concise range of drinks.

During our visit, the seasonal Hodson blend from Ozone was in the hopper, Amanda ordering a long black, while I had a piccolo, served in a glass with some awesome latte art (I’m always in awe of anyone doing latte art in such a small space). The Hodson blend has classic chocolate notes, although in my piccolo and combined with the milk (from Peckforton Farm in Cheshire), it had more of a biscuity flavour.

As well as chatting with the barista, the best part of sitting in at Kookaburra is the wonderful baking smells that waft down from above. Naturally, we caved in and bought some pastries to take with us (we’d just had breakfast at The Flower Cup). We could have had anything and been happy, but in the end we narrowed it down to four things.

Two of these, a cinnamon twist and raspberry Danish, were consumed later that day on the banks of the Dee. The cinnamon twist had rich, chewy pastry and lots of cinnamon sugar, while the raspberry Danish had amazingly light, flaky pastry, a delicious, creamy, custard filling and fresh raspberries and dark chocolate shavings on top.

The other two survived a little longer, including a rich, chewy Anzac biscuit, but the highlight was the Nutella cruffin, made with the perfect croissant dough, filled with Nutella and baked in a muffin tin. We had that at home a couple of days later, at which point Amanda demanded I drive to Chester to buy some more. I didn’t have the heart to tell her that Kookaburra was closed and wouldn’t open again until Thursday…

December 2021: Kookaburra Bakehouse has won the 2021 Best Cake Award.

Monday CLOSED Roaster Ozone (espresso only)
Tuesday CLOSED Seating Bar x 2
Wednesday CLOSED Food Cakes, Sandwiches
Thursday 08:00 – 14:00 Service Counter
Friday 08:00 – 14:00 Payment Cards Only
Saturday 08:00 – 14:00 Wifi Free (with code)
Sunday CLOSED Power Yes
Chain Local Visits 3rd September 2021

If you enjoyed this Coffee Spot, then take a look at the rest of Chester’s speciality coffee scene with the Coffee Spot Guide to Chester.

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