Nikki and Bob Holman have spotted a hole in Marlborough’s bread supply and they’re going to fill it – there’s nowhere in the town you can regularly buy artisan bread. So from Thursday, February 16 the Food Gallery will be selling a small range of award-winning artisan bread.
It comes from a very special bakery – the Fabulous Baker Brothers’ Hobbs House Bakery in Chipping Sodbury. The Brothers series of programmes on Channel 4 ended last Wednesday.
Tom Herbert is the baker and his brother Henry is the chef and butcher. It’s been Tom’s aim to do for bread what Rick Stein had done for fish.
Made overnight by what Bob describes as a “team of skilled and charming bakers”, the bread will be delivered daily from the bakery – arriving as the Food Gallery opens. It’s the bakery that makes the bread for the Food Gallery’s made to measure sandwiches.
Amongst the loaves that’ll be on sale will be:
Fig and walnut which is great with just about any cheese. Pain de campagne – a rustic loaf made over two days – it has a crispy crust and goes well with a piping hot bowl of soup. The organic spelt loaf that’s won gold medals at the Taste of the West awards – a real wholemeal loaf. Sherston which is probably, says Bob, the best white bread you’ll ever taste. And Harvester a granary style loaf that wins accolades as the Food Gallery’s most popular sandwich bread.
Bob says: “You’ll see the display as soon as you come into the coffee shop. Simply make your selection, slip it into a paper bag, and bring it to the counter to pay.” But he warns that customers should try “not to nibble before you get it home to share with your family and friends.”