Writer / Heather Chastain
Tucked away in the cellar of a historic home is a delightfully charming bakery with European flair. The Plump Peacock Bakery and Café made its home in Middletown eight years ago.
“I decided to do what my passion is in life, and that’s to feed people,” said owner Elizabeth Wingfield. She started as a vendor in the local farmer’s markets. “People kept asking me where my store was and then this place fell in my lap.”
Her loyal customer following has made The Plump Peacock a popular location for breakfast, lunch and a once-a-month reservation only dinner.
“People come in and sit down and start talking to one another,” Wingfield says. “They’ll even push their tables together and share a dessert. When people come in, they aren’t on their phones unless it’s to snap a group picture or take a picture of the food. They are talking to each other.”
Known for her breads, pies and cakes, Wingfield said she can host or prepare a pastry for any occasion. Chef Liz’s signature maple bacon muffins have been especially coveted. What sets her sweet goods apart is how she prepares them. Wingfield uses an European style.
“They have less sugar. It’s still sweet, but not sickeningly sweet,” Wingfield says.
This summer you can come out and sit in the courtyard and enjoy some of her savory café items as well.
“I hand pick all of my produce, vegetables and meats,” she says. “I also raise all of my own herbs out front. I have a high standard for customer care and quality of food. I want the best staff, best equipment and highest quality ingredients.”
The comfortable, inviting atmosphere has an old-world charm with antique furniture and European décor, white table linens, china and fresh flowers on the tables.
Despite being in business for several years, Wingfield says people are still just discovering The Plump Peacock. “Once people find us, they keep coming back. It’s so relaxing in here.”
Make sure you find the Plump Peacock when you turn on Harrison, there’s a parking lot in the back.