The biggest names in bakery gathered at the Park Lane Hilton on Wednesday 5th September awaiting the results of the prestigious British Baker’s Baking Industry Awards 2018. Victorious Warrens Bakery was named the winner of the highly sought-after Craft Bakery Business Award, a huge mark of recognition for this premium bakery which has over 150 years of baking experience.
Commenting on this incredible win, Mark Sullivan, Chairman of Warrens Bakery says: “The British Baker’s Baking Industry Awards are the biggest night in the UK bakery calendar and to walk away with this title in this highly competitive award category is phenomenal. As a business, Warrens Bakery is growing at a rapid pace but the core values and working practices remain the same as they have always been. We are proudly celebrating this latest win due to the hard work and commitment of our greatly valued team, and the dedication to sourcing the best ingredients and producing the finest artisan bakery products.” This impressive bakery has also recently come to the attention of BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen who spent a day filming at Warrens Bakery in St Just in Cornwall, which will be aired in the autumn.
The Baking Industry Awards’ ceremony marked the culmination of months of judging up and down the country as experts took part in tastings, store visits and interviews to select those who would take home a coveted Baking Industry Award trophy. It’s the third time in four years the Cornish craft bakery has been shortlisted in these awards, which acknowledge the skills and achievements of individuals and businesses operating in the bakery. As the South West champion, Warrens Bakery competed against six other regional winners from across England, Scotland and Wales for the overall title of Craft Bakery Business 2018.
Warrens Bakery has just opened their 21st franchise store across Britain in Redhill in Surrey. Earlier this year they also ventured into Wales, opening a bakery in Merthyr Tydfil. Since opening their first franchised bakery in 2017, the South West brand has experienced rapid growth and now plans to open hundreds of new bakeries in the next five years. This highly innovative bakery has partnered with British baking star Martha Collison to find the nation’s ‘Budding Baker’, helping to support the next generation of bakers.
Even with 70 stores across Britain, Warrens Bakery still crimp all of their pasties by hand in Cornwall, they are after-all the oldest Cornish pasty maker in the World. In addition to their iconic pasties, they’ve become renowned for their amazing selection of artisan breads, speciality Cornish delicacies, savouries, scones, cakes and sweet treats and are proud to put a firm focus on provenance, hand crafted skill and innovation. All of their baked goods are made with an enormous amount of care and attention to detail with many still produced using traditional recipes and techniques. It’s this care and attention to detail which has led Warrens Bakery to receive numerous accolades over their 150-year history. This year, in addition to the Craft Bakery Business Award, they also regular award winner across products including at the British Pie Awards and the World Pasty Championships for their Vegan Thai Pasty.