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JOB VACANCY: Bakers wanted

Join us!

We have an opening for a baker to join our small team here at The Thoughtful Bread Company.

For those that aren’t familiar with our setup, we are a bakery based right in the heart of the city of Bath, with a bakery shop, cafe, bakery and school all under one roof. We keep ourselves busy as everything we sell is made here, from scratch.

We pride ourselves on championing the very best local producers right the way through from the pastries we make to the fillings we prepare for our unique range of sandwiches and savoury treats. And when we aren’t sourcing locally we are bartering with our customers or foraging to fill our larders.

The job would suit someone with existing experience of working in a bakery. Particularly, someone who is multi-skilled as on our shifts we will work the doughs, be on the table (or at the table more like) and manning the oven as well.

Experience of slow fermentation including sourdoughs and poolish, hand moulding and working cleanly and efficiently will all be positives in your application.

You would be working alone as well as alongside the owner and head baker, and above all working at Thoughtful Bakery would give you the chance to play a very important role within the business.

The focus at Thoughtful is very much on quality over quantity so an interest in producing small batches of excellent product, interesting and original, as well as the classics, rather than large volumes is a must.

Shifts vary throughout the week, with most of them starting at 2am, some earlier on the tail end of the week as it gets busier.
Very competitive rates of pay, dependent on experience.

Please email a copy of your CV, AND covering letter detailing more about you to duncan@thethoughtfulbreadcompany.com

JOIN OUR BAND OF BAKERS – VACANCIES

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: Duncan@thethoughtfulbreadcompany.com

 

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

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Blackcurrant and mint soup, meringue island

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Flight of miniature Pies with crème anglaise

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Rhubarb fizz with Custard Ice-cream float

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

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White chocolate mousse with raspberry pâte de fruits and pistachio granola

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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

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Slow cooked spiced Lamb 
or
Smoked paneer cheese kebab (V)

 

Served with chaana masala and our oven baked naan

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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

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

(served with spelt sourdough & wild garlic butter)

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Rhubarb tart with orange and saffron ice cream

 

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

SOLD OUT – SORRY – MAKE SURE TO VISIT OUR HOMEPAGE FOR DETAILS OF OUR OTHER SUPPER CLUBS, AND JOIN OUR MAILING LIST TO BE THE FIRST TO KNOW!

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 YOU:

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: duncan@thethoughtfulbreadcompany.com

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:

 

£55

- 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

 

 

£100 

- 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*

 

 

£500

- 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

 

 

£1000

- 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

 

 

£5000

(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

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Refreshing lunchtime special offers

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Mouth-watering patisseries

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Wedding cakes and catering

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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

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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

PMBC Ltd

“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

SearchStar

“ 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
E: duncan@thethoughtfulbreadcompany.com

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!

Duncan
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 duncan@thethoughtfulbreadcompany.com

High Tea @ Thoughtful Bread: Event details

To celebrate the Great Bath Feast, we will be repurposing our bakery into a laid back tea room and offering a High Tea to remember!

How it works:

We are remodeling our shop front and bakery school to offer two large tables seating 8 or so at each, with a further 4 seats outside (weather permitting). It’s aimed to be a casual affair, idea being get involved with it all!

We will be serving/taking bookings from midday with last seating at 5.30pm. So book a specific slot if that suits, or chance it although if you do and we are fully booked then you will miss out.

On the menu: we have a whole plethora of goodies, from a flight of rarebits to some colourful and flavourful finger sandwiches and micro wrap, as well as homemade gravalax of local trout, and all manor of sweet treats including mini Bath Bun, a blood orange curd petit four and double choc ganache brownie.

And all presented on a 3 dimensional board for you to devour at your leisure along with some of our teas or coffees.

So, tasty food in a laid back, convivial setting…

Question is, are you in? We’re aiming to make a good impression and we’d love to have you.

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Dates and how to book:

We will be running our popup on 3 select dates: 12th, 19th and 26th of October.

Bookings taken from midday with last bookings at 5.30pm

To reserve your place, please email hello@thethoughtfulbreadcompany.com with the following info:

- Your name
- Number of people
- Date and time
- Contact telephone number

We will then contact you back to confirm your booking. Alternatively pop into our shop on Barton Street or ring us on 01225 471747.

Book to avoid disappointment.