Downtown Ellicott City sells itself on a vibe of sweet and clutter, and the Old Mill Bakery Cafe will sell you sweets amid clutter when you want a place to rest.
This is comfortable clutter. Tables and chairs scatter around a coffee shop that invites you to relax with some tea and maybe the apple betty that I had last week while doing errands. A delicious pastry with slits on top that revealed an filling still firm with apple slices and rich with spices. It tasted of butter and being baked that morning by someone who cared.
The Old Mill's pastries range from a casual muffins to proper-looking heart-shaped cookies, from scones to breads. It's a wide variety. They accompany coffes or a selection of teas that seemed unique to my eye. Many boxes are for sale in the shelves, so this might be good shopping if you have a tea-lover in your life.
The Old Mill also offers sandwiches, including eggs-and-bacon breakfast versions. I don't know that they're a reason to drive into downtown, but you could try if you are downtown. Plus, you can take home a loaf of the bread that the Old Mill bakes every morning, including baguettes, an Italian loaf, a rye. It also sells local honey from the Sweet Bee Apiary in Relay, MD up where I-95 intersects with I-195. At $5 for a small bottle, it was too rich to impulse buy for my morning oatmeal, but I'll keep it on my list to try.
Old Mill Bakery Cafe
4 Frederick Road
Ellicott City, MD 21043