Priory Fine Pastries is located in a historical sweets manufacturing site. The building they operate out of is the original manufacturing site for the Clark Candy Company, producer of Clark Bars. Sadly, the history of that building isn’t bolstering the quality of the pastry.
The shop itself is inviting and friendly and the staff is attentive. You also have a great selection to work from- breakfast danishes, doughnuts, biscotti, cakes, cupcakes, cobbler, mini-pies, whole pies, breads, etc. The Priory also has a decent web presence for a small business. They write a blog, have a facebook page, a twitter account, a you tube channel, and maintain a nice, informative website.
They manage to do so many things right, but miss one key element of a pastry shop- consistent taste! Sugar Love ordered a mini-cheesecake, a peach raspberry cobbler, a cookies and cream cupcake, a carrot cake cupcake, an orange scone, a mini coconut cream pie, and a white chocolate lemon biscotti, After just one bite of each item, all but the scone, biscotti and cobbler were thrown away.
The cheesecake was beautiful, but very sour tasting for cheesecake. There seemed to be a disproportionate amount of sour cream to cream cheese in this recipe. The carrot cupcake was ok, just unremarkable. It didn’t seem to have either raisins or pineapple, which is customary for most carrot cakes, so it lacked that little extra bit of fruity sweetness. The cookies and cream cupcake was decorated as a sunflower with a cute little lady bug on top, but had no cream in it! It was just chocolate filled chocolate cake with chocolate icing and a cookie. Cookies and cream should have a vanilla cream filling, right? The worst was the mini coconut cream pie. They used neither a meringue or a whipped cream topping. It seemed to be a flavorless buttercream atop the custard, which was also lacking flavor. Overall, the coconut cream pie was the most disappointing.
The light at the end of the tunnel was that the biscotti was very tasty. White chocolate and lemon permeated the dry, crumbly cookie and would have been extra delicious with a coffee. The scone was also very good, although it definitely ranged on the sweet side of the scone spectrum. The peach raspberry cobbler was good, but the raspberry was almost an afterthought. Heavy on peach, light on raspberry.
That said, none of the pastries were tasty enough to keep around. While the Breton Cake from Jean Marcs is still be snacked upon, the Priory Pastries sat for a few days untouched after the first few bites.
With a little bit of recipe tweaking, the Priory could be a really great little shop. For now, you’ll just need to be careful about what you order to satisfy that Sugar Loving craving you might have.
Priory Fine Pastries Peach Raspberry Cobbler on the Sugar Love Scale