Interview: Farnley Bakehouse

I met Steve at the Farnley Bakehouse to discuss his venture into real bread
Real bread has become a big buzzword in the food community, with many bakeries really going back to basics and scrutinising their whole baking process, from flour to loaf. 

Recently I was lucky enough to meet with Steve, a artisan baker who has decided to set up his own baking premises in Farnley - a small village near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Launched by Steve and his wife Simone, the Bakehouse sells many varieties of bread made from natural ingredients with no artificial additives or processing agents.

In addition to fine artisan bread, the bakery also has a range of hand-baked pastries and cake, as well as everyday items such as milk, locally sourced fruit and vegetables, eggs, cheeses and other dairy products and preserves. There is also a small cafe area, allowing customers to enjoy a treat alongside a tea or coffee!

The Bakehouse is the first of multiple ventures planned by the couple, all of which will champion artisan produce and sit under the umbrella brand of Farnley Market. The aim is to eventually include a Smokehouse and for customers to be able to purchase a larger variety of products made on site and create further jobs for local residents while supporting local food producers by selling their produce in his stores.

It was clearly obvious how passionate Steve is about his business and baking process. I also was extremely impressed with his focus on becoming a hub for the local community in this small village which recently lost its Post Office. At the time of my visit there was a wide range of customers, from teenagers enjoying a hot chocolate, to elderly residents picking up a loaf to take home. I really do think that the focus on community and quality/local produce makes this venture stand out from the average bakery.

The interviews are in three parts, the first focuses on the bread itself, the second on the business and the third is a small excerpt about the flour Steve uses at the bakery.

I found the whole interview extremely informative and hope that you do to! 

For more information on Steve's venture and how to get there, please visit the website

You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter

I picked up a loaf to enjoy later on with a bowl of thick, hearty soup