At The Tudor Bakehouse we just love to bake and because we love what we do each day most of the bakers have been with us for many years. What better way to start the day than to get your hands stuck into making some tasty breads or cakes? Plus you get to finish your working day before everyone else does!
Being a baker is a great trade. It's brilliant to see people eating what we bake and coming in to request one of our specialities like our famous Tudor Bakehouse Spuddies.
We're like a big family here and we're so lucky to work in the great market towns where we live like Diss, Eye and Harleston. Our bakers have over 100 years of experience and can bake almost anything, however we are always keen to learn something new and rise to the challenge so if there is something you'd like to see on our menu do let us know!
So how did I get into baking? It started when I was a draughtsman at Laurence, Scott and Electromotors back when Mike Booty (conductor of South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Band, where I played my Euphonium) said he was opening a bakery in Earlham House Shopping Centre in Norwich. At that time I was 23 years old and bored of sitting behind a desk so I left my job to work as a baker with Mike.
I fell in love with baking straight away, learning from Mike about all the old processes of baking and making the mixes. During the seven years that I worked with Mike we opened shops in Diss, Eye and Bury St Edmunds and I later became a director of the business but I was hungry to do more and eventually decided the time was right to go it alone.
In January 1991 I found the perfect premises and once I had raised enough money to fit it I opened my first bakery in the Market Place, Harleston. As a baker my aim then, as it is today, was to provide a variety of quality breads baked fresh daily and a service that is friendly and professional. Initially I worked on my own with two wonderful sales staff in Jacky Seaman and Tracy Glover and plenty of help from my friends and soon built up a good reputation. Once the business was established I opened a shop in Broad Street in Eye and then three years later I opened another on Market Hill in Diss. In 2004 I bought new premises in The Thoroughfare, Harleston and opened a second bakery with a coffee shop and called it TB2.
A few years later I decided that to grow the business further I would need to work with someone else and we merged with another bakery. Unfortunately this wasn't the best decision and in 2010 I bought back my share and the four bakeries and started again on my own, refocusing to ensure the emphasis on quality, fresh bread baked daily was back at the very heart of everything that we do. So many bakeries don't bake fresh so it's essential that my customers know we do and they can always be guaranteed the freshest bread and baked goods when they visit us.
Our policy for The Tudor Bakehouse is 'baked fresh every day', with a range of unique products made by our bakers using quality produce sourced as locally as possible.
Paul Muncila, The Tudor Bakehouse
(His favourite cake? One of our luxury caramel slices!)
A night baker who has been at the company since his was 16, nearly 20 years!
Favourite bake – White farmhouse.
You can spot Paul B around our shops as he delivers the freshly baked bread, also the creator of our new vegan roll.
Favourite product – Vegan roll of course!
A baker who works through the night baking fresh bread and buns.
Favourite bake – Sourdough.
Based on production, you can find her making our lovely sausage rolls one day and our yummy cakes the next!
Favourite cake – Caramel flapjack.
Head of confectionery, she loves coming up with new bakes.
Favourite cake – Peanut butter cookie.
Chelle is out and about delivering, with our new home delivery service.
Favourite cake – Chocolate oat.
A part of the confectionery team, who has been at the company for over 25 years!
Favourite cake – Chocolate oat.