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12/01/2018 Vacancy: Cake Baker/Pastry Chef

New Vacancy:

We have an opening at the bakery for a cake maker / pastry chef to join our team.

Core responsibilities would be the production of ambient cakes and cold desserts and patisserie for sale in our bakery. Our range currently spans from a zingy lemon polenta cake all the way through to a salted caramel bomb with eclairs, lemon meringue tarts and everything else in between.

Additional responsibilities would be working one day a week in the kitchen preparing our lunch offering and any breakfast orders we have as well as occasionally supporting the head chef for any events or catering orders.

This role would suit someone who is comfortable working independently. Perhaps you are particularly talented but want to step back from the heat of a restaurant pastry section, or perhaps you have not long completed your pastry or cheffing training at college and are an ambitious, driven and passionate individual starting off in your professional career.

We look forward to hearing from anyone that feels they may be a good fit for this position. Please email your CV and covering letter to

13/01/2018 Vacancy: Assistant Manager / Retail

New Vacancy:

We have an opening at the bakery for an exciting position within our front of house team as Assistant Manager with particular onus on bringing some expertise and experience in retailing to our small operation.

Day to day the job would involve:

- Working as part of the team to deliver excellent customer service both to those that come in to buy and take away as well as those that eat in
- Helping make hot drinks, prepare some of the food, take orders and serve customers (if you haven’t worked in a food business before however training can be provided)
- Responsible for the retail displays in the bakery, managing the stocks of products we make in house as well as the bakery kit and ingredients we buy in for retail. Offering tastings, marketing the offering through our social media network and driving sales.
- Some additional responsibilities to support the manager such as banking, rotas ordering, etc.

As mentioned above whilst we are a bakery/cafe we are looking for someone with that little bit of flair for retail. A passion for great, locally sourced and seasonal food is a must, but experience as a barista or working in a cafe as opposed to other retail environments isn’t.

If this sounds like your dream job then please contact us for more information by sending your CV and Covering Letter to



We are always looking for passionate bakers to join our team.

We are happy to consider:

- More experienced bakers for full time work with competitive pay
- Apprenticeship opportunities for less experienced bakers embarking on a new career
- Casual bakers wanting odd shifts here and there (fridays are ideal as they are our busiest bakes)

Duties would include:

- Sourdough production
- Straight yeasted breads and hybrid sourdough/yeasted breads
- Longer fermentation overnights/sponge doughs
- And other speciality products

Shifts at present are a mix of days and nights, but work will involve night shifts so please consider this before you get in touch.

To express an interest and find out more, please contact Duncan via email:


Popup Event: Pudding Party Supper Club, 1st of April 2017

Pudding Party

This is the supper club all you sweet-toothed foodies have been waiting for!

7 Courses (at least) of carefully balanced desserts

Very Select Dates: 1st and 2nd April 2017
Strictly limited numbers so please book to avoid disappointment


Passion fruit Bellini jelly


Blackcurrant and mint soup, meringue island


Flight of miniature Pies with crème anglaise


Rhubarb fizz with Custard Ice-cream float


Piña colada éclair filled with coconut ice cream and served with a rum and pineapple compote


White chocolate mousse with raspberry pâte de fruits and pistachio granola


Coffee and espresso macarons


Price: £35/person. To include coffee. Soft Drinks available. Alcohol is strictly BYO.

To book for April 1st please click here


Popup Event: Curry Feast 11th March 2017

Curry Feast

Who doesn’t love a good curry?

Join us for our Curry Supper club where we promise to deliver flavour and spice in our refreshing menu.

ONE DAY ONLY: Thursday 11th March 2017
Strictly limited numbers so please book to avoid disappointment


A trio of Street Food Favourites


Slow cooked spiced Lamb 
Smoked paneer cheese kebab (V)


Served with chaana masala and our oven baked naan


Chai pannacotta and roasted plums


Price: £30/person. To include coffee. Soft Drinks available. Alcohol is strictly BYO.

To book please click here

Popup Event: Spring Feast 2nd March 2017

Spring is on it’s way!

We love Spring here at Thoughtful Bakery.

To celebrate this season and the abundance that it brings to our larders, we are running a supper club.

ONE DAY ONLY: Thursday 2nd March 2017
Strictly limited numbers so please book to avoid disappointment


Purple sprouting broccoli served with walnuts, roasted garlic, and chilli


Roasted asparagus and spring onions with homemade sheep’s curd and romesco sauce

(served with spelt sourdough & wild garlic butter)


Rhubarb tart with orange and saffron ice cream


Price: £20/person. To include coffee. Soft Drinks available. Alcohol is strictly BYO.


Feel good funding – be part of the future of The Thoughtful bread Company

Be part of something great:

For those of you local to Bath, you’ll know how hard we have been working to make a success of our little bakery business.

You’ll also know that what is holding us back is the lack of seating and additional capacity to run our bakery courses.

Great News! We are close to completing on a lease to the premises next door. This will allow us to open up between the two premises, offer lots of additional seating for the many who want to enjoy our growing menu as well as our indulgent range of goodies to eat in, and a brand new space dedicated to our baking courses.


We need to raise an estimated £30K to complete the works.
We have raised a good amount through our corporate funding campaign (if you run a business, or work for a local business, then please click here to read more) but we’re still short so we are turning to our customers and anyone else that is keen to support a local business with a passion for sustainable food.

Why pledge?

As you’ll see below we have lots of rewards on offer against your backing. We have however already had some generous contributions from local people as well as some further afield.

It may be that you are passionate about independent businesses. It may also be that you want to support businesses with a genuine commitment to operating in a sustainable way. Or it may just be that you love what we do and want to play a part in our future.

Whatever your reasons, any contribution will be hugely appreciated, and there will be a piece of each and every one of our backers in the fabric of The Thoughtful Bread Company as our future takes place.

If you have any questions at all before you decide to take the plunge, then please do not hesitate to contact Duncan:

Your options:


Back us just for the love of it

You’ll be named on our wall along with all our other backers and will of course be on our guest list for our launch party, and you can invest as little or as much as you can afford and wish to.

Or alternatively select one of the rewards packages below:



- A branded cotton shopper bag
- A signed copy of our book, Bread Revolution
- An invite to our launch party
- A mention on our backers’ wall




- A branded cotton shopper bag
- A signed copy of our book, Bread Revolution
- An invite to our launch party
- A mention on our backers’ wall
- Lunch or afternoon tea for two people*




- A branded cotton shopper bag
- A signed copy of our book, Bread Revolution
- An invite to our launch party
- A mention on our backers’ wall
- Lunch or afternoon tea for four people*
- A voucher for a bakery course of your choosing at our bakery school




- A branded cotton shopper bag
- A signed copy of our book, Bread Revolution
- An invite to our launch party
- A mention on our backers’ wall
- Lunch or afternoon tea for eight people*
- Two vouchers for a bakery course of your choosing at our bakery school




(If you wish to become one of our big backers, contact us via email as payal won’t accept large payments)
- A branded cotton shopper bag £4
- A signed copy of our book, Bread Revolution
- An invite to our launch party
- A mention on our backers’ wall
- Lunch or dinner privately catered for either at your home or at The Thoughtful Bread Company for 10 people^
- A tailored one-to-one bakery course in your own home, or the chance to join one of our team and shadow them for a day (or night) of bread baking or patisserie for a once in a lifetime opportunity to work behind the scenes at Thoughtful Bread


Award-winning Artisan, Real Bread


Delicate canapes


Refreshing lunchtime special offers


Mouth-watering patisseries


Brunch, celebrated


Wedding cakes and catering


Bakery School


*up to a value of £20/pp
^must be within 10 miles of Bath City Centre

Back our future – a call out to Bath and the South West’s businesses



The now well established bakery on Barton Street in Bath are reaching out to the business community at large to help it’s growth but as Duncan, company founder explains, they are not after handouts:

“With the economic uncertainty that is ahead businesses need to be more careful now than ever with their spending. This is why we have chosen to offer varying levels of investment against which we are offering the businesses that choose to back us a number of rewards ranging from mince pies for the office to full corporate team building days with a fantastic meal and bread baking activities in our bakery school, corporate event catering or even a christmas meal for their staff or clients”.

 The concept is really quite straightforward. We need to get cash in the bank to finance our fit out. We are therefore inviting local businesses to help back our expansion plans and we are offering a whole load of rewards as well as the kudos of “backing the little one” up for grabs.

Businesses that have chosen to back Thoughtful Bread and bag themselves some of the catering and corporate entertainment that’s on offer include:

EP Mallory & Son Ltd

“The Thoughtful Bread Company epitomizes all that is good in an Independent Business. The traditional qualities of a home grown bakery which services the customer both in terms of being made and consumed on the premises is a rare find. Every encouragement should be given to a business that wishes to expand its success story into new horizons.”
Robert Vander Woerd, Managing Director, EP Mallory & Son Ltd

Jacobs Coffee & Mokoko

“We have been working with Duncan for the last three years and as an independent business also we have come to admire and recognise the huge effort and pride he puts into his business and customers. We have benefited so much from working with Duncan at Thoughtful Bread and without hesitation want to support him further his success in any way we can.”
Jake Harris, founder of Jacobs Coffee house and Mokoko


“I’ve supported Duncan professionally with the development of Thoughtful Bread over the years and seen it flourish with him at the helm. I certainly believe he can do anything as he has the passion, drive and focus to make it happen. All he needs now is a little support from you!”
Martin Hoyle, Managing director PMBC Ltd 

Lovejoys Wholesale

“We at Lovejoys Wholesale are very happy to support Duncan in expanding his business into the next door premises. The Thoughtful Bread Company is very well suited to Bath and we wish him every success with this interesting way of raising the finance through contacting people that he deals with. We are a local business supplying fresh fruit and vegetables to many Bath businesses and are glad to help him to grow his Company, you only have to walk past the door to smell the wonderful bread”
Neil Mortimer, Managing Director


“ We’re delighted to be a part of Thoughtful Bread’s growth. The team at SearchStar love the morning pastries, cakes and lunches, the list of favourites is endless, and we feel incredibly lucky to have you just around the corner. We can’t wait to try even bigger and better cakes! Good luck with your continued rise!”
Dan Fallon, Managing Director, SearchStar

Mogers Drewett

“At Mogers Drewett we are proud to support local independent businesses such as The Thoughtful Bread Company”
Steven Treharne, Managing Partner Mogers Drewett

Here’s how businesses can get involved:

We have devised a few set packages to make things easy for those considering getting involved. Please note that more often than not we have negotiated bespoke packages with our backers, with everything from corporate catering contracts to team building days in our bakery school and everything in between. So, if the idea of backing us interests you, but the packages below don’t appeal, get in touch and let’s talk.

  • £500 indie business support – a huge thank you from us, a mention on our patron’s wall and in social media, lunch for up to 10 of your staff and 100 mince pies for the office this Christmas.
  • £1000 – a huge thank you from us, a mention on our patron’s wall and in social media, a lunch/dinner for up to 20 of your staff or clients, and 100 mince pies for the office this Christmas.
  • £5000 – as above including a private booking of our bakery to include bakery tour, bakery course and light lunch for up to 15 of your staff or clients, and separate private lunch/dinner for up to 20 of your staff or clients on another occasion.

To date we have raised a whopping £20K of our £30K target, but it’s not too late for your firm to get involved.

“This is a very exciting time for us” explains the bakery entrepreneur. “Unlike other bakeries with large scale wholesale plans, our ambitions are a lot closer to home. We are working towards being a busy local bakery and café, supportive of, and supported by the local community”.

For all enquiries contact:

Duncan Glendinning
M: 07944797010

The trouble with bread: A country in crisis

The trouble with bread

On the back of a busy night shift I can’t help but find myself wondering where we are going so wrong.

For weeks now we have had a baker’s job vacancy advertised through all the usual channels. Yet, few have applied.

The reality is that this country in my opinion is in crisis.

“Chorley bread will do in the week, but let’s treat ourselves at the weekend”
A major issue that puts us under considerable pressure is that it seems that for most, it’s ok to buy cheap, mass
processed pappy bread in the week, and then come the weekend treat yourself to something tasty. Why are we not eating the
good stuff every day?
To me, it’s no different than saying “let’s eat caged hen eggs in the week and splash out on free range at the weekend”.
It may not be to most, as the issue of animal welfare is one that with the help of numerous celebrity chefs, thankfully is
turning a corner. So, fewer animals are being harmed as a result. But this is my point. Every single day my team and I
deal with enquiries from people wanting gluten free bread. As they sample our (non gluten-free offerings) they explain
they have an allergy and react really badly, but when we delve deeper, for the vast majority, it seems that their
condition is self-diagnosed. Coeliac disease and wheat intolerance is a genuine condition so please don’t take this as me suggesting it isn’t. I am talking about those, perhaps you, who have come to conclusions because information is not made readily available and because we are too trusting of those that sell us our food. So, we eat bad, mass-processed bread, get bloated out and tired and assume that wheat or gluten are the culprits. We have sent people home with a sample of our wheat-based goodies on many a time for them to trial, and so many have come back saying “you have given me my life back” and finally realising that it’s not just what is in the bread, it’s how the bread is made.
Chorleywood bread making process serviced a need back in the 1960′s to bring convenience and a cheaper loaf to the working
classes. I don’t argue that this served it’s purpose but just like margarine, smash and other ultra processed convenience
foods, I don’t believe they have their place today.

“Oh but proper artisan bread is way more expensive, not everyone can afford it”
Statistics show that bread comes up consistently in the top food stuffs that are most wasted. Why? Because most don’t
check their bread bin before their weekly shop. Instead, they pick up a loaf on every supermarket visit. On their return
they have a dilemma. Finish the loaf that is in there and risk not getting to the end of the fresh one, or throw the old
one away and start fresh.
How often do you eat a slice of 50/50 or best of both or whatever the current best seller from supermarket shelves is called and feel full, or even fulfilled? REAL BREAD doesn’t leave you hungry, because it has substance and sustenance to it. Furthermore when you eat Real Bread, it actually tastes like bread. This isn’t common knowledge but the proving of doughs in bread making, amongst their things, is what gives bread it’s “bread” flavour. This is why some of the really budget commercial loaves have “bread flavouring” as an ingredient, because they are produced with such haste that the flavour of bread as we know it has no time to develop.
So, take these two points and do a little arithmetic. If you have to eat twice as many slices of the commercial
convenience bread to get close to the fulfilment that a single slice of tasty sourdough or other Real Bread gives you, and if you routinely find yourself binning the remnants of your loaf because you bought fresh on your weekly shop, then you will be amazed to see that we are not that far off the mark price wise.
Also, stop and ask yourself just once why it is acceptable to pay 70p or £1 for a snack bar or such like, or even £2 or so for a slice of cake, but it isn’t to pay just a little more than that for a beautiful hand-crafted loaf to feed your family and actually put a smile on their faces.

So where does that leave us? After 6 years of growing The Thoughtful Bread Company and developing our reputation, I am embarrassed by how little bread we sell in the week to Bath’s residents and those that commute to work in our city.
This has a very real knock-on effect. I can’t afford to pay my bakers what their hard work deserves. Consider for a minute that as bakers, we work when you sleep, and our busiest times of the year are when you are on holiday such as Easter or Christmas. And all this for less than most could earn dishing out burgers at a fast food joint.

Perhaps this is why one of our lifelines for recruiting fresh new bakers has dried up. City Bristol college and others have now stopped running their bakery apprenticeships amidst government shake ups over how apprenticeships are run.

So, we are left with the very many avid Great British Bake Off watchers and home bakers, many of whom contact us each week about working for us. I usually respond asking them whether they could cope with 30 degree heat, 10 hour shifts and 25Kg sacks of flour, and most don’t follow up their vacancy enquiries.

So, next time you buy a loaf of bread, spend your money wisely. Buy from a local bakery that makes Real Bread. The Real Bread campaign offer a great little postcode finder tool on their website which will help you locate bakeries that make bread the way bread should be made.

Other ways you can do your bit:

- In hoping that my rant has opened your eyes to what the big boys such as Warburtons, Hovis and the supermarket giants don’t want you to know, help fight the fight by becoming a member of the Real Bread Campaign. Your small membership fees goes towards their costs to help campaign for decent bakeries and lobby for changes so that us as consumers are given all the facts.
- Get baking! There is nothing more rewarding and satisfying that serving a delicious home baked loaf to your friends and family, and the looks on their faces as they say “you didn’t make that!” is something that will really mark you. Go on a bread making course if budget permits as learning side by side a seasoned baker will give you real confidence. Otherwise, pick up a book or scour the internet or youtube for free recipes. You won’t regret it.
- Share this article with people within your network by linking to it from your facebook profile, twitter or other social networks.

Thank you. Oh, and if you are not put off by the heat, the bags of flour and all the hard work we put into producing our breads, we are still recruiting!

Founder, The Thoughtful Bread Company

17/02: We are hiring!

We’re hiring!

Our business is evolving and as such we have an opening for a qualified, driven and passionate baker.

We are an established Real Bread bakery based in the heart of the World Heritage City of Bath. In the 6 years we have been running we have developed a reputation for the quality of our products and our refreshing and innovative approach to baking. We are now based in premises which house our shop, our bakery school and bakery so you would be joining a team offering a huge range of really varied skills, and be given the opportunity to be part of the continuing success of our business.

You would be working as part of a 3 man team. Working in rotation, 2 weeks on nights (mon-fri, 10pm start), one week on days (mon-fri 8am start) and one saturday night shift a month.
The role would suit a baker with experience in slow fermentation, sourdoughs and working with different types of flour. We are really starting to push forward experimenting with new recipes and production methods and the day shifts will allow time to really spread your creative wings.

Please DO apply if:
- You are prepared to work nights
- You have previous experience in areas outlined above
- You have real drive and ambition and a want to experiment and innovate in the field
- You are happy working as part of a very small but driven team

We will need to know about previous experience, any up and coming holiday commitments, why you are looking to apply and a contact for a previous employer to serve as reference.

Please apply via email to