A bakery in Sherwood has won a prestigious food award, only nine months after first opening its doors.
Artisan bakery, café and micropub The Bakehouse has been awarded a coveted Great Taste award for its wholemeal loaf – the only bakery in Nottinghamshire to receive a Great Taste 2017 title for its bread.
The accolade top off a successful first year for The Bakehouse, coming hot on the heels of a series of regional award wins.
Great Taste is the world’s most coveted food awards, celebrating the very best in food and drink. Over 12,300 products were judged from artisan and specialist food producers.
The Bakehouse’s traditional wholemeal loaf was praised by the judging panel for its “complex delicious flavour”, “attractive appearance” and “good spring”.
Judged by over 500 of the most demanding palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs and producers, as well as a whole host of food writers and journalists, Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers.
As well as a badge of honour, the unmistakeable black and gold Great Taste label is a signpost to an outstanding-tasting product, discovered through extensive blind-tasting by the expert judging panel.
The Bakehouse, located on Mansfield Road, is owned by Michelin-trained chef Craig Poynter and his wife Rosea, and specialises in bread baked fresh from scratch on the premises every day, using wholly traditional methods.
Craig says: “We are delighted to have been awarded a prestigious Great Taste award, and to have achieved this feat in our first year of trading is something very special indeed.
“We established The Bakehouse on the principles of bringing back traditional methods, locally sourced produce and baking fresh, on site, every day. This award recognizes the high quality of the baked goods we’re creating, and we cannot praise our team enough for their hard work.
“Particular thanks go to our night baker Chris for his dedication, arriving on site at 12.00am every morning and baking through the small hours to ensure our customers enjoy outstanding fresh bread every day!
“This Great Taste award comes at an exciting time for the business, as The Bakehouse’s offer continues to grow and develop, and we look forward to introducing new products and experiences for our customers to enjoy.”
The panel of Great Taste award judges included: chef, food writer and author, Gill Meller; MasterChef judge and restaurant critic, Charles Campion; author and chef, Zoe Adjonyoh; baker, Tom Herbert; and food writer and baking columnist Martha Collison as well as food buyers from Fortnum & Mason, Selfridges, and Harvey Nichols.