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Born & Bread

Delving into the archives of the National Bakery School

As the National Bakery School celebrates its 125th anniversary, British Baker looks back through the archives to discover what makes it such a special institution.

St John's Bakery in East London
Born & Bread: Uncle John’s Bakery, North London

Drawing on its Ghanaian roots, Uncle John’s Bakery has found a home in North London and grown from a husband and wife operation to supplying a national retailer.

Born & Bread: Cavan Bakery, Surrey

Bread is in the blood at Cavan Bakery. As the bakery celebrates its 90th anniversary, we find out how a love of bread blossomed into a thriving third-generation family business.

Born & Bread: Truffles Bakery, Sussex

Despite opening on April Fool’s Day 1982, Truffles Bakery is no joke. Nearly four decades later, the business has 13 shops, a restaurant and a booming lunch truck business.

Born & Bread: Coughlan’s Bakery, Surrey

Now in its third generation, Coughlan’s Bakery has grown from a single store in Thornton Heath to 22 stores, a bakery headquarters and two mobile sites

Born & Bread: Rinkoff Bakery, east London

From humble beginnings over 100 years ago, Rinkoff Bakery in the East End now supplies businesses and people across the district with bread, cakes and its fast-selling Crodough.

Born & Bread: Silvery Tweed Cereals, Berwick-upon-Tweed

Currently in the hands of a fifth-generation family member, 175-year-old Silvery Tweed processes cereals and seeds for businesses including Premier Foods, Kellogg’s and Dorset Cereals.

Born & Bread: Turner’s Pies

West Sussex-based company Turner’s Pies evolved from the popularity of a steak and kidney recipe sold in Bognor Regis to a full-blown retail operation with four shops and an online delivery service.

Born & Bread: Slattery, Manchester

Slattery Patissier & Chocolatiers has grown from a two-shop business in 1967 to an award-winning enterprise, employing 92 staff and still very much under family control.

Born & Bread: Wrights Food Group, Stoke-on-Trent

With their origins in a terraced house, the popularity of Wrights’ pies has grown continuously, with the company now making multi-million pound investments and launching sub-brands.

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