Cornwall LivingIssue #86
Baker Tom, bringing lovingly made artisan loaves to Cornwall.
Tom Hazzledine was just 23 when he began baking for his local farm shop. It all started with just three loaves baked in his own kitchen and delivered to the shop on the back of his bicycle. Before long, Tom was supplying many more local shops, markets, cafés and restaurants, and today, 13 years later, he runs four – soon to be five – bakery shops of his own and has an ever-expanding wholesale business across the south west.
“With every loaf, you get a feel for the baker’s personality”
Tom’s aim has always been to make good, wholesome, interesting bread that tastes good and is good for you (with no added ‘nasties’) – loaves that have been simply made, the way they have been for centuries. And Baker Tom’s ethos still remains the same, since the day he started. As he puts it: “We keep things simple so that the bread can be the rising star.”
This spring, Tom is opening a new bakery shop in St Austell, selling his full range of loaves, cakes, pastries and sandwiches to go, which will please locals and visitors alike who have been eagerly awaiting a Baker Tom shop in this area of the county.
Baker Tom’s St Austell will join Tom’s growing list of stores in Falmouth, Wadebridge, Penzance and Pool. The shop in Pool is located at the bakery itself and is a buzzing spot with a welcoming café, serving all day brunch, barista coffees and lunch specials that offer a taste of Tom’s delicious breads. It’s a great place to while away a few hours, whilst watching the bakers hard at work behind the counter. This is where all Tom’s artisan baked goods are created, before being delivered both to Tom’s own shops and other businesses that sell and serve his bread across Cornwall and Devon.
But for Tom and his team, the focus still remains on the loaves. From his classic everyday white tin loaf, to more unusual speciality recipes, Tom’s team use the same traditional baking techniques that Tom employed in his own kitchen. They experiment with new loaf flavours every season, putting their own Baker Tom twist on it. “With every loaf, you get a feel for the baker’s personality,” Tom explains.
With Baker Tom’s shops and outlets popping up all over the county, there’s no excuse for your ‘daily bread’ to be anything less than good, wholesome, real bread.
"With every loaf, you get a feel for the baker’s personality"