Skip to main content

Image Magazine

“A Bakery at Heart” King Arthur Flour’s New Bakery, Café, and Store

Sep 05, 2013 03:53AM ● Published by Victoria Pipas

I am a food fanatic. I love the sizzle of bacon in a skillet, the smell of a really garlicky Italian red sauce, the crack of biting into a fresh Macoun apple, and the taste of just about everything but anchovies. So you can imagine my delight when I learned that King Arthur Flour in Norwich, Vermont, had renovated and expanded to include a beautiful new café. My mom and I decided to set out on a quest to see if King Arthur would live up to the “legend.” As it turned out, the new store is great for all your baking needs and still produces the best baguettes I’ve had this far west of Paris. While we can recommend making the trip out to the café for lunch, you can even make it an afternoon of sampling pastries, shopping, and maybe even taking a cooking class, you will most certainly be highly satisfied.

There is only one word to describe the new building on the King Arthur Flour property: stunning. From a wide-open stone courtyard out front to a wooden-beamed, rotunda-like dining area inside to a spacious and bright shop, the renovation is impressive. Visitors can now enjoy watching the process of bread being made through the large windows to the bakery.

The variety of products, too, seems to have increased. K.A.F.’s selection of gourmet flours, spices, oils, and anything else you can imagine is any baker’s holy grail. I would also recommend the store for that odd baking gadget you’ve been pining for. French rolling pins, waffle presses, scone pans, and bread ovens abound. I highly doubt that any baking-supply request would stump the staff.

The café and bakery will be most enjoyed for their baked goods. I can recommend firsthand the oatmeal wheat bread, berry scones, and sugar cookies. In fact, I have yet to sample any of the King Arthur Flour bakery goods and be disappointed; all are moist, fresh, not too sweet, and completely satisfying, just as pastries should be. However, my mom and I were a bit surprised by the salads we ordered for lunch. I had the smoked chicken salad and she had the Mediterranean salad. Both appeared much more impressive on the chalkboard menu. While the ingredients certainly were fresh, my salad was little more than a handful of spinach topped with a clump of smoked chicken and a small pile of strawberries. My mom’s salad consisted of peppers, feta, a small scoop of cauliflower tabouleh, and a plastic cup of bland hummus. I was expecting a better presentation, more flavor, and generous servings, and I was disappointed. However, holding true to its reputation, King Arthur Flour made amends for the mediocre lunch with great ciabatta rolls on the side of each salad. This was indicative of the experience: Come for great breads and baked goods, and if you are hungry, order a sandwich or a salad. Whatever you do, don’t resist the urge to splurge in the store; we left with bags full of baking goodies that we never even knew existed. But don’t go out of your way just to patronize the café; you’ll get a better lunch at a number of other restaurants.

Like what you're reading? Subscribe to Image's free newsletter to catch every headline

Community Local Businesses

It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

  • Adult Drop In Watercolor Class

    02/20/2018
    09:00AM — 12:00PM

    Join us at the studio on Tuesday Mornings from 9 to noon. Costs $15.00 for non members, $12.50 f...


  • Progressive Nordic Experience

    02/20/2018
    02:00PM — 04:00PM

    The Nordic Center is hosting their Nordic Progressive – A Scandinavian Ski Experience! Stationed ...


It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

  • Adult Drop In Watercolor Class

    02/20/2018
    09:00AM — 12:00PM

    Join us at the studio on Tuesday Mornings from 9 to noon. Costs $15.00 for non members, $12.50 f...


  • Progressive Nordic Experience

    02/20/2018
    02:00PM — 04:00PM

    The Nordic Center is hosting their Nordic Progressive – A Scandinavian Ski Experience! Stationed ...


  • Lightning Soccer Club - adult pick-up games

    02/22/2018
    05:30PM — 06:30PM

    Join us for adult pick-up soccer games, Thursday nights 5:30 - 6:30 pm Dec. 21, 2017 - March 1, 2...


  • Landscape Painting in Pastels

    02/24/2018
    10:00AM — 01:00PM

    Has your spirit ever been elevated by a wondrous landscape that you wish you could paint? Demonst...


  • February’s collaborative dinner is not to be missed. Explore the minds and artistry of Chef’s and...


  • Adult Drop In Watercolor Class

    02/27/2018
    09:00AM — 12:00PM

    Join us at the studio on Tuesday Mornings from 9 to noon. Costs $15.00 for non members, $12.50 f...


  • Disgraced

    02/28/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Amir Kapoor is a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladd...


  • Disgraced

    02/28/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Amir Kapoor is a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladd...


  • Lightning Soccer Club - adult pick-up games

    03/01/2018
    05:30PM — 06:30PM

    Join us for adult pick-up soccer games, Thursday nights 5:30 - 6:30 pm Dec. 21, 2017 - March 1, 2...


  • Disgraced

    03/01/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Amir Kapoor is a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladd...


  • Disgraced

    03/01/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Amir Kapoor is a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladd...


  • ODANAKSIS ART GROUP

    03/02/2018
    05:00PM — 07:00PM

    Spring Around the Upper Valley - Norwich, VT- The Odanaksis Art Group invites you to come and see...


  • Disgraced

    03/02/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Amir Kapoor is a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladd...


  • Disgraced

    03/02/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Amir Kapoor is a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladd...


  • Landscape Painting in Pastels

    03/03/2018
    10:00AM — 01:00PM

    Has your spirit ever been elevated by a wondrous landscape that you wish you could paint? Demonst...


  • Disgraced

    03/03/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Amir Kapoor is a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladd...


  • Disgraced

    03/03/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Amir Kapoor is a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladd...


  • Disgraced

    03/04/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Amir Kapoor is a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladd...


  • Disgraced

    03/04/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Amir Kapoor is a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladd...


  • Adult Drop In Watercolor Class

    03/06/2018
    09:00AM — 12:00PM

    Join us at the studio on Tuesday Mornings from 9 to noon. Costs $15.00 for non members, $12.50 f...


  • Disgraced

    03/06/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Amir Kapoor is a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladd...


  • Disgraced

    03/06/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Amir Kapoor is a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladd...


  • Disgraced

    03/07/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Amir Kapoor is a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladd...


  • Disgraced

    03/07/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Amir Kapoor is a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladd...


  • Ed Asner: A Man and his Prostate

    03/08/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Based on a true-life experience, a man discovers his inner self in more ways than one. A near tra...


  • Disgraced

    03/08/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Amir Kapoor is a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladd...


  • Disgraced

    03/08/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Amir Kapoor is a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladd...


  • Disgraced

    03/09/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Amir Kapoor is a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladd...


  • Disgraced

    03/09/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Amir Kapoor is a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladd...


  • Landscape Painting in Pastels

    03/10/2018
    10:00AM — 01:00PM

    Has your spirit ever been elevated by a wondrous landscape that you wish you could paint? Demonst...


  • Spirit of Johnny Cash

    03/10/2018
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    WCNL Country AM 1010 / FM 94.7, Common Man Inn & Restaurant and Claremont Opera House welcome th...


  • Disgraced

    03/10/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Amir Kapoor is a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladd...


  • Disgraced

    03/10/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Amir Kapoor is a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladd...


  • Saint Patrick's Comedy Gala

    03/10/2018
    08:00PM

    A showcase featuring three of the funniest Boston comedians of Irish descent.


  • Disgraced

    03/11/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Amir Kapoor is a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladd...


  • Disgraced

    03/11/2018
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Amir Kapoor is a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladd...


 

 

Proudly Brought To You By These Community Sponsors