Ivy Cottage Baker celebrates first anniversary

Viewers of BBC 2 will no doubt recognise Mike Hall (pictured above). Despite only opening its doors in May 2017, it’s been an eventful 12 months for the Ivy Cottage Baker. As well as appearing on BBC 2 in Tom Kerridge’s Top of the Shop, Mike won gold for his beetroot and thyme bread at the World Bread Awards, achieved significant media coverage in the local newspaper and has consistently sold out at local events.

To mark the 1st birthday milestone, the Real Bread Campaign supporter, based in Westmoreland Dales, Cumbria, put on an event to celebrate his achievements over the past 12 months. The gathering at Newbiggin on Lune’s Village Hall attracted crowds, with a queue outside of the door for over two hours. Owner and head baker, Mike said he was “truly humbled” by such a widespread response from local people.

Mike also used the birthday party to raise awareness of Real Bread, displaying real sourdough against sourfaux alternatives, accompanied by a list of additives found in mass-produced loaves. He also displayed his ‘foaming pot of starter culture’ as well as a selection of his ‘Taste of Tuscany’ biscuits and cakes.

Photo credits and copyright: David Gambles