It was great to read about a fabulous baker in the local paper recently – and see him give us a mention for encouraging him!
Some of you may know that Jo and I have a fondness for food… running The Old Smokehouse back at the start of the century(!) led us into the world of Farmers’ Markets, Food Festivals, delicatessens…. and occasionally over-eating!
About 18 months ago I bought an artisan loaf of bread at a Shap fund-raiser and it was fantastic! It caught my eye because it was “smoked” but the texture and crust were just amazing and I got in touch with the maker – Mike Hall.
The rest, as they say is history! He and his wife are now the Ivy Cottage Bakery; he has recently appeared on BBC 2 in Tom Kerridge’s Top of the Shop, won gold for his beetroot and thyme bread at the World Bread Awards, achieved significant media coverage in the local newspaper and has consistently sold out at local events.
His bread is fantastic – available from Brough Farmers Market – my favourite is the unlikely, and yet somehow perfect, honey and lavender.
I am delighted to report that Mike and Marcella have become regulars at Shap Chippy and we are regular customers of theirs!