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BBC looks at a traditional UK bakery

rocketbike's picture

BBC looks at a traditional UK bakery

One for the Brits here (or those with access to a UK proxy)...  The BBC2 series "Mary Queen of Shops" yesterday featured their retail business adviser offering guidance to a traditional high street bakery whose trade was dropping off a bit.  Lots of familiar staples on camera (bloomers, wheatmeal, wholemeal, chelsea buns, jam tarts etc.), such as you would have seen in most bakeries here twenty years ago, and a fair bit of footage of the bakery at work.

Alas, there wasn't a meeting of minds.  My sympathies lay with Paul the baker.

Anyway, as I said, if you have a UK IP address you should be able to watch the programme for the next six days at:




Yumarama's picture

A sad situation for the baker, the imminent but slow demise - well, maybe not so slow if the big Box Store is opening the next year - of the store because the owner's stubborn refusal to unglue her shop from the 70's and see the reality that "having been in the business for 36 years" doesn't mean she has a clue what people want today.

My condolences to Paul and the staff.