Bread for growth: Two Magpies bakery expands in Norfolk and Suffolk
With four successful sites across Suffolk and Norfolk, Two Magpies Bakery has added two more to its portfolio with the opening of a bakery and cafe on Blakeney Quay and a new bakery space in Halesworth to enable the team to increase production of its sought-after long fermented sourdough bread.
The new cafe and bakery is on the quay in Blakeney in Norfolk and is housed in the historic St Nicholas Church rooms. It will be open seven days a week serving Allpress coffee, sourdough bread, cakes and a range of hand laminated pastries both sweet and savoury. There will also be breakfast and lunch options for locals and tourists alike.
Alongside Blakeney, Two Magpies has opened a new unit in Halesworth, Suffolk. With demand so high for its bread and pastries more space was needed so the 2,000 sq ft unit will be the new home to the bakers and production team who produce all the sourdough bread and pastries for general and wholesale customers. Cakes and patisserie will continue to be madeby a pastry team at the bakery in Darsham, Suffolk.
“We’ve spent the last year making plans on when and how we’ll continue to expand the bakery business, and this is the next stage,” says Steve Magnall, who co-owns the business with wife and founder, Rebecca Bishop.
“Our teams work incredibly hard but with demand for our product growing it’s difficult when conditions get cramped so gaining a dedicated baking space made sense for everyone.”
Two Magpies now also boasts a fleet of four vans and is able to deliver fresh bread and cakes, pre-ordered celebration cakes and its ‘click and collect service’ to the various sites and customers on a daily basis.
The opening of the Blakeney and Halesworth sites means the creation of an additional 12 roles in Halesworth and Darsham, as well as a full café team at Blakeney of a further 10 staff. Funding to support these changes has been boosted by a loan from Lloyds Bank and grant support from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership grant scheme.