398 Esther Roberts Road
Call: 031 205 0217
Open: Monday to Friday from 6am to 3.30 pm (lunch is served from 10am to 3pm); Saturdays and Sundays, from 6am to 1 pm. Open also Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights from 5 pm till 8 pm.
Much has been already been written about the Glenwood Bakery, one of the forerunners of the artisanal bread revolution in Durban. But the bakery does more than sell fabulous bread. It offers breakfasts, sandwiches and other light meals, with the menu varying according to the day. But if you are looking for a good cup of coffee, this is also the place to go.
Their beans are supplied by Colombo Tea & Coffee which roasts their own blends just down the road, literally, at 369 Magwaza Maphalala St, Umbilo.
It was teeming with rain the morning I visited and while Durban shivered, it was warm and cosy inside the bakery, thanks largely to the bread ovens. Seating is communal. You can sit at either the large refractory table in the middle or on bar stools at counters along two walls. The vibe is friendly and the service good.
Glenwood Bakery serves coffee and loose-leaf teas from Colombo. From the small selection of coffee options I choose my morning favourite, a cappuccino which was served with a decent-sized biscuit. The coffee was heaven; full bodied and rich without a hint of bitterness. Each sip got better and better. The foam was a little on the loose side but didn’t detract from the flavour.
This was one good cup of coffee.
Glenwood Bakery’s bread is made from stone-ground unbleached flour and each loaf is handformed, slow-fermented and baked in a hearth oven.
They serve a small menu with specials, some reserved for certain days like Eggs Benedict and Eggs Royale for Saturday and Sunday breakfasts and burgers for Fridays.
On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights they serve pizzas, burgers and Middle Eastern flatbreads, all made in house naturally. They also make their own ice-cream. So what’s not to like here? – Ingrid Shevlin, July 2015