Attention all coffee, food and wine lovers (which I’m pretty sure is all of us)!…
It’s a thriving new precinct that has already delivered us The Pedlar and Teddy Picker’s.
Now Campbell’s newest neighbourhood will deliver fresh bread and other essentials to locals with the impending opening of Knead Bakery.
A Belconnen Markets stalwart with a strong following at its Tinker Tailor offshoot in Casey, Knead’s owner Andrew McCormack has come up with a new concept for a bakery which will offer fresh cheese, milk and charcuterie, and also provide fresh pizza from a soon-to-be-built pizza oven. If that wasn’t enough, Knead will have a liquor licence and also stock local wines and craft beer.
Taking over the former Avenue C site, Knead is set to open the week after next, offering a full complement of freshly baked breads, sweet and savoury pastries and cakes as well as the additional services not normally associated with a bakery.
Taking a less formal approach to food than the neighbouring cafes, Andrew says Knead will be a place to dash in for a pie and Supreme coffee or grab milk and bread and other supplies on the way home.
Given the huge number of units going up in the new Campbell precinct, it seems a canny business decision.
While he wants to keep prices reasonable, Andrew is choosing quality produce in line with the suburb’s upwardly mobile population – Little Big Dairy Milk will be sold in bottles and charcuterie is coming from Quattro Stelle in NSW.
And watch out if you grab a bottle of jam to smother on your sourdough, Knead has sourced some gourmet jars that may contain alcohol – so probably not safe for school lunches.
Andrew said he had friends living around the new development end of Campbell who were keen for a good quality bakery in the vicinity and he was optimistic the smell of fresh-baked bread each morning would also make it a no-brainer stop-in point for apartment-dwellers, who could also grab their milk with their morning loaf.
“It is a select range of products we are stocking but we have tried to be clever about it and appeal to the needs of people who are moving in around here.”
“We also think that sometimes, you might not want to sit down at a café and order a big brunch if you can grab a coffee and pastry and go.”
Or a pie. Many people are likely to grab one of those, given Knead’s track record in creating superior butter chicken and beef and red wine pies.
“Well at least the north-siders aren’t going to have to go all the way to Belconnen for those now either,” he said.
What: Knead Bakery
When: Opening soon. Knead will be open from 7 am, seven days and closing times to be nailed down according to demand
Where: Unit 55, The Creswell, 65 Constitution Avenue, Campbell