With weekly portions of The Great British Bake Off back on our screens, one Lake District business is expanding its artisan bakery to meet the growing customer demand for home-cooked bread, cakes and bakes.
Lingholm Bakery launched just over 18 months ago and was originally located in a former potting shed on the Lingholm estate near Keswick to provide fresh produce for the on-site cafe. Now, it has just employed its fourth specialist baker and is expanding its produce range to provide breads and celebration cakes to order in a newly created 60 sq m2 building close to the shore of Derwentwater.
The continued expansion follows a surge in requests for everything from Lingholm’s signature Sourdough loaf to more elaborate themed cakes.
Lingholm Bakery brings skills from top establishments around the globe, including far-flung locations such as New Zealand, Columbia and Italy.
Baker Joe Mackenzie says, “Of course, we can’t make a direct link between the popularity of a TV show like The Great British Bake Off and our own growth in sales. But the programme is a real taking point and has definitely brought a collective love of authentic baking with good, honest ingredients to the forefront of people’s minds.
He adds, “Nothing beats home-made and I think there is a genuine trend towards artisan treats produced by small independent businesses, rather than mass-produced goods which don’t have that local provenance. Of course, I love baking so I also believe passion and personality is a big part of the move away from a more fast food culture!”