I’m not exactly blazing new territory announcing that the bread baked by Niles Golovin at Bantam Bread in the town of Bantam, just southwest of Litchfield, Connecticut is seriously good… certainly as good as any bread I’ve had since I last stopped in to Meyers Bageri for the grandtoftegaar — a Nordic-revival country sourdough — taking Metro North from Grand Central.
Was it worth the drive from Old Lyme? For the pain de Campagne? Maybe. But then there is also the seeded semolina batard — a truly splendid loaf of sourdough, redolent of toasted sesame and sour ferment — and the cultured butter from nearby Arethusa Farm (also available in the cold case at the bakery). And of course there are other things to do in Litchfield County…
Bantam, by the way, is open by 8:30 on Sunday.
853 Bantam Road
Bantam, CT 06750
Wednesday – Saturday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sunday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday & Tuesday: Closed