Commercial Tenant Focus


Ox the Baker

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There is something undeniably romantic about the smell of freshly baked bread wafting out of a traditional bakery. We love the idea of being able to grab a warm loaf of sourdough on our way home from work and, luckily for us, this will soon become a reality. One of our newest tenants to join Emerald Hill Terrace in South Melbourne is Ox the Baker, promising traditional-style sourdough with none of the nasties (no additives, preservatives, fillers or ascorbic acid and no imported flour). We just couldn’t wait to find out more about this exciting new prospect so we met up with the man himself, Ox, and had a tour of the bakery.

Ox has strong family ties to both baking and South Melbourne. With a great uncle who was a skilled baker and a grandfather who divided his time between his two passions: fishing and baking, Ox grew up eating delicious wood-fired bread. His great great grandfather lived in Port Melbourne and the history of the area has always fascinated him. After years of baking in South Melbourne and refining his skills, opening his own bakery on Clarendon street seems a natural progression for Ox.

Being located in the heritage listed Emerald Hill Terrace has resulted in strict restrictions around the design of the bakery. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Ox has embraced the old elements and textures of the building, choosing to expose and preserve the 130-year-old raw brick walls which encase the bakery. A coffee bar facing out onto the street will be the perfect spot to grab a coffee or a quick bite to eat. Besides Ox’s delicious bread, we can expect traditional pies, sausage rolls and other tasty baked goods for on the go as well as a personalised Italian coffee blend from an old Roman friend, run through a traditional lever system espresso machine.

Ox has just begun his first round of test baking in the new space and we can expect the smells of freshly baked sourdough to waft down Clarendon street any day now! In the meantime, keep up to date with Ox’s progress at @oxthebaker on Instagram.
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