Dunbar Launches Community Bakery

By | Oct 14, 2011

Dunbar and the area surrounding it in East Lothian are well know for seafood, Belhaven Beers, Thistly Cross Cider and the Belhaven Smokehouse. This month, with the opening of Dunbar’s community bakery we can add artisan breads, scones and cakes to the list.

With help from the Co-operative Loan Fund and £40,000 from the sale of community shares to over 300 local residents, the Dunbar Community Bakery aims to replace the old family bakery that was closed several years ago.

Janet Barnes, committee member and business development consultant, says, “Many of us wanted to be involved in developing a local bakery that would serve good old-fashioned bread and develop the community at the same time. Without the loan finance it wouldn’t have gone ahead, the assistance has been vital.”

Employing three experienced professional bakers and a front-of-house team, the bakery is now selling high quality traditional breads, cakes and pastries using locally-sourced ingredients and no additives. There are also plans to provide training and employment opportunities for local people and all profits will be reinvested back into the community.

Ian Taylor, of the Co-operative Loan Fund, adds, “Dunbar Community Bakery is the story of a community that has stuck at a plan through thick and thin. I am confident the bakery will be a success.It is run by professionals, located in a good spot and bakes delicious food.”


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