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Cherry Laurel Bakery, Cafe & Catering

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305 S Prairieville St, Athens, TX 75751-2543
+1 903-677-5599
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good28%
  • Average2%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“cakes” (9 reviews)
“club sandwich” (2 reviews)
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7:00 AM - 5:30 PM Hours
American, Cafe, Deli, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
305 S Prairieville St, Athens, TX 75751-2543
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Reviewed March 7, 2018

On a road trip through the Hill Country and Central Texas, we came across this wonderful cafe located in Athens. From the outside it looked like any other small cafe, in any other small town in Texas, but there the similarities ended! Walking in through...More

Thank cdspencer
Reviewed February 3, 2018 via mobile

We had a fantastic lunch and took some baked goods with us. Everything was fantastic. Soups, sandwiches, cakes, drinks, just great.

Thank Mikeyveck
Linda I, Owner at Cherry Laurel Bakery, Cafe & Catering, responded to this reviewResponded February 12, 2018

Thank you Mikeyveck for this wonderful review and for the 5 star rating!! Hurry back to see us soon!

Reviewed January 16, 2018

I stopped by on my way back to Dallas for lunch. I had the broccoli cheese potato, which was so huge I could only eat half. It was fine, but the star of the show was the chocolate chip cookie; it was also huge and...More

Thank KPfeff
Linda I, Owner at Cherry Laurel Bakery, Cafe & Catering, responded to this reviewResponded February 12, 2018

Thank you KPfeff for taking the time to review and rate us! We appreciate such a good review!! Hurry back to enjoy more of our goodies.

Reviewed October 23, 2017 via mobile

I was referred here while visiting the area. I had the cherry laurel salad and broccoli cheese soup....there are no words!!! Super cute, super yummy.....super all around!

Thank Christina B
Linda I, Owner at Cherry Laurel Bakery, Cafe & Catering, responded to this reviewResponded February 12, 2018

Thank you Christina for this wonderful review! We look forward to seeing you again and feeding you our yummy menu items!

Reviewed September 20, 2017

Great place for lunch, inside or on patio, or an iced tea & dessert- They are famous for their Butter Rum & Mexican chocolate cakes, but everything is wonderful. Don't pass on their sweets!

Thank Terri E
Linda I, Owner at Cherry Laurel Bakery, Cafe & Catering, responded to this reviewResponded September 22, 2017

Terri, Thank you for your Amazing review!!! You really rocked it and we appreciate it more than you know! We look forward to having you come back as often as possible!

Reviewed September 14, 2017 via mobile

Last Saturday our Spa (which is up the road from The Cherry Laurel) was preparing for a Sweetheart Couples Massage Package. We decided to do something a little different from our usual normal. So, we bought a big piece of the Reese Peanut Butter Cake...More

Thank Chantal V
Linda I, Owner at Cherry Laurel Bakery, Cafe & Catering, responded to this reviewResponded September 16, 2017

THANK YOU Chantal and The Retreat Massage and Day Spa! We appreciate your wonderful comments and your patronage. AND, we feel the same way about you guys. The Retreat Massage and Day Spa is a MUST for everyone!

Reviewed July 23, 2017 via mobile

Lunch was delicious and the service was great. Only disappointment was that they didn't serve pie, but the cake was good.More

Thank ksmcbride1218
Linda I, Owner at Cherry Laurel Bakery, Cafe & Catering, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2017

Thank you for the wonderful review for the cake and lunch! We make amazing pies, but no one seems to want them by the slice---go figure! :) Let us know a day or two in advance and we can have that pie ready for your...More

Reviewed July 1, 2017

We stopped here to pick up lunch on a Saturday. We got a sandwich and a salad. Both were amazingly fresh and tasty. The salad was their grilled chicken salad, and the dressing for it tasted homemade, some sort of honey mustard balsamic vinaigrette. It...More

Thank JennyAGoGo
Linda I, Owner at Cherry Laurel Bakery, Cafe & Catering, responded to this reviewResponded July 3, 2017

Thank you Jenny for the wonderful review! And yes, that dressing is our Cherry Laurel Dressing which is a sweet dijon. We have been serving that salad and dressing since we opened in 1990 (27 years!). We hope you will come back soon and try...More

Reviewed May 23, 2017 via mobile

Can't go wrong with the Cherry Laurel. From specialty cakes and sweets for special occasions and celebrations to a long relaxing lunch.

Thank Tami H
Linda I, Owner at Cherry Laurel Bakery, Cafe & Catering, responded to this reviewResponded May 25, 2017

Thank you for the awesome review! We could not agree more, "Can't go wrong with the Cherry Laurel"! Hurry back!!

Reviewed May 9, 2017 via mobile

Stopped in for coffee and desserts. They had three varieties of fresh coffee and several desserts. We had the Mexican chocolate cake, which is like a Mississippi mud cake without the marshmallows. Also had the Italian cream cake. Both were great. A good stop for...More

Thank Millard B
Management response:Responded May 13, 2017

Thank you for the positive review and for patronizing The Cherry Laurel! We hope to see you real soon!!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$8 - $12
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 305 S Prairieville St, Athens, TX 75751-2543
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Athens
  • Phone Number: +1 903-677-5599
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With tables, chairs, and decorations from a flea market and a handful of family recipes, The Cherry Laurel opened its doors in 1990 by two best friends. With their husbands and six kids between the two of them, Bonnie Wilson and Linda Ingram set forth to transform a dilapidated house into a cozy restaurant that beckoned their patrons' return. Offering homemade soups, salads, and sandwiches, The Cherry Laurel gave the citizens of Athens, Texas a casual and unique dining experience. The Cherry Laurel also became a staple dessert provider for the Athens area. In 1997, a local bakery owner announced her retirement, but her loyal customers didn't want to lose such a wonderful resource for birthday and wedding cakes. Upon contacting Bonnie and Linda, The Cherry Laurel Bakery came to be. They perfected the amazing Butterum cake: moist and flavorful, it isn't just an ordinary yellow cake. Patrons drive up to two hours to Athens just to have a Butterum cake for a special occasion. Until 2000, Bonnie and Linda were both high school teachers. One at a time, they both chose to commit to The Cherry Laurel full time, at which point the restaurant and bakery were combined into one building. The attention from both owners allowed for The Cherry Laurel to dive headfirst into the ever-promising catering business. Booked up to months in advance, The Cherry Laurel custom caters events for up to 500 people.
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