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Baker brings taste of England to Port Orchard
Dedicated bakers have no problem going the distance to bring their products to the people.
Mayyasa Roach came halfway around the world.
Roach, who is from London, has brought a little bit of home to Port Orchard with the addition of Piccadilly, a bakery and café at 1894 S.E. Sedgwick Road. She opened in April after previously selling her cupcakes out of a commercial food truck and at the Port Orchard Farmers Market.
“There was not anything selling authentic British food and pastries,” she said of the impetus to open a bakery. “I grew up on favorites that I couldn’t get here — and there’s a fair amount of Brits here.”
Even the name reflects her history.
“Piccadilly was an area I worked and played in,” said Roach, 32. “It was kind of a stomping ground.”
Roach, who previously sold international real estate and has lived in Dubai and Brussels, ended up on the Peninsula when her husband — a California native she met in London — was stationed as a submariner at Naval Base Kitsap.
Her prowess in the kitchen came after she had children and “just kind of immersed” herself in baking. That passion landed her on a 2012 episode of “Cupcake Wars UK,” a reality-TV competition based on creating unique and professional-style cupcakes.
People took notice.
She would sell out at the food truck and farmers market within two hours.
“Port Orchard has so much potential as a town,” she said. “We had such a following … that it was kind of a natural choice.
Now that she is operating a 900-square-foot space that seats 24 inside and 12 outdoors — and features a drive-thru — Roach has room to expand her talents. The London-themed space features about seven different varieties of cupcakes daily, including gluten free, dairy free and vegan, as well as traditional cakes, tarts and cake pops.
“We try and put a spin on our cupcakes with traditional American and British favorites,” she said. “We will offer a wide variety as the season changes.”
And speaking of seasons, one of her favorite elements of the eatery is the concrete floor, which “reminds me of the wet streets of London.”
But don’t call it just a bakery.
“It’s not just the sweet stuff,” she said. “It’s a bit of everything.”
One of Piccadilly’s specialties is its baked potato, which is served “British banger style” with jacket fillings made with an imported jacket maker, making it more elaborate than its American counterpart
“It’s really kind of filling comfort food,” Roach said. “We’re just offering something different here. It puts a twist on the norm. It’s wild and different.
“A lot of people think British food is bland. There’s a lot more to it than people think.”
Piccadilly is open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Discounts are offered for active-duty military, veterans and seniors.