It's sometimes hard to find REALLY good bread; free from preservatives and additives but full of flavour. But at Bakehouse 24 (or BH24 for short, and reference to it's post code) the bread is so good, it'll make your ears wiggle. Jo and Pete set up shop in Ringwood during September last year and have done a storming trade since they opened.
Pete was trained at the acclaimed E5 bakehouse in London and has brought many similar principles to Ringwood - he specialises in sourdough bread, using the very best produce by sourcing locally such as the organic flour from Shaftesbury, and milk from a Fordingbridge dairy. In my conversations with Pete, he exclaims 'bread is my passion! I work from 4am - 7pm almost everyday to bring our customers the best. I love experimenting with ingredients - at the moment I'm really into sesame seeds and I'm trying some new flavour combinations'. Not only do they deliver on bread, but they also make and supply a range of homemade cakes and sweet treats, such as carrot cake, Bakewell tarts, brulee tarts, brioche bread and butter puddings and chocolate brownies. The salted caramel chocolate tarts are my personal favourite.
The bakehouse is always warm and inviting. The open kitchen allows customers to really engage with the friendly staff, and to see the bread-making process in action. Jo and Pete make an excellent team and Bakehouse24 has an old-fashioned sense of a 'community hub', that is so often undervalued in our world of fast food and convenience. However, I believe that BH24 have the recipe for success and are definitely crowned one of Sole Food Safari's 'Local Heroes'.
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