Established in 1964, this Leek gem has been run by Alan & Pauline for the last 11 years.
Open every day at 5am(!!!) and closing at 1pm – you can be sure of a tasty, delicious oatcake as fresh as they come. And how fresh is fresh? Well, how about standing in the serving area and watching the oatcakes for the day being made in front of you – the magical (and secret) recipe mix is ladled on to the two hot plates, left a minute or so to cook and then flipped – bingo! hot fresh deee-licious oatcakes.
And then you’ve got the difficult decision of the filling and the lingo – a bit like coffee house talk – a double bacon with cheese and brown (notice no mention of oatcake) is two oatcakes together with bacon, melted cheese and HP sauce. No prizes for guessing red is ketchup. Note a double is different than asking for two separate oatcakes. They do sandwiches as well – or ‘on bread’ as you may hear when they are ordered.
Cos they’re such a local delicacy nearly every visitor to Leek will be treated to an oatcake by their host. And more often then not they’ll be seen with a dozen in their luggage on their trip back home – and this then creates another responsibility. If you are visiting your friends who have got the oatcake bug you can bet they’ll be asking you to bring a few up (or down) with you when you visit. Blimey, sometimes you don’t realise just how lucky you are when you’ve got a hidden gem like Leek Oatcakes on your doorstep.
As well as being up at silly o’clock every day of the week (they open Sunday as well) Alan and Pauline supply a large number of Leek’s corner shops, butchers, pubs and cafés with fresh, made in Leek oatcakes – a really Totally Locally product and company. Are you hungry yet?
Leek Oatcakes, 2 Heywood Street, Leek, ST13 5JX
Tel: 01538 387556