PENARTH BAKERY’S HOT-CROSS-BUNS SEE-OFF COMPETITION FROM TESCO

Penarth Bakery's Gareth Spray with the the famous hot-cross buns - straight out of the oven

Penarth Bakery’s Gareth Spray with the famous hot-cross buns – straight out of that massive oven

It’s been another long night for Penarth Bakery’s Gareth Spray producing the hundreds of hot-cross buns which will be snapped-up by loyal customers during today.

Gareth runs Penarth Bakery  – the town’s only traditional bakery – and its well-known retail shop at Cornerwell Road.

Master Baker Gareth Spray of Penarth Bakery - the only bakery now left in the town. His chilodrenj have pinned messages on his notice board saying "The Best Daddy Ever" and a coloured drawing of "Dad's Best Bread"

Master Baker Gareth Spray of Penarth Bakery – the only bakery now left in the town. His children have pinned messages on his notice board saying “The Best Daddy Ever” and a coloured drawing of “Dad’s Best Bread”

Gareth was at work at 23:00 last night making the latest batches by hand – ready to slide inside the big, black, traditional cast-iron, gas-fired ovens at the Plassey St bakery .

The legendary bread, cakes and rolls he produces are  augmented every Easter by the demand for freshly-baked – Penarth-made – hot cross buns.

Penarth-made Hot-Cross-Buns - with every cross piped on by hand.

Penarth-made Hot-Cross-Buns – with every cross piped on by hand.

Penarth’s hot-cross-buns aren’t like ordinary buns. They have a secret ingredient – a special spice produced to order which gives the buns their unique flavour. Every bun looks so uniform, customers might well assume they’re machine-made – but each one has been rolled individually by hand and then the “crosses” – made of a special batter –  are individually piped onto each one.

Competition in the bakery business though is fierce. Although Penarth Bakery has a long-established reputation of making the best bread in town – Gareth and his staff still have to be prepared to match – and compete with –  the price-cutting of retail giants like Tesco .

Selling like hot cakes: Today and tomorrow demand for real enarth-made hot cross buns will reach their peak

Selling like hot cakes: Demand for real Penarth-made hot-cross-buns at Penarth Bakery’s Cornerswell Road shop has been rising steadily all month  Today and tomorrow sales reach their seasonal peak

This Easter, Penarth Bakery’s hot-cross-buns are being sold at £2 for 6 – which Gareth hopes is not only undercutting his supermarket competitors on price, but is also outperforming them on quality. Judging from the demand, he’s absolutely right.

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3 Responses to PENARTH BAKERY’S HOT-CROSS-BUNS SEE-OFF COMPETITION FROM TESCO

  1. Sarah says:

    The bread and cakes that Gareth makes are simply amazing. I hadn’t realised that it is the only bakery left in Penarth – this demonstrates why it is so important to support our small businesses. The large supermarkets can not offer the same quality and level of service. Although I quite like Tesco hot cross buns, they are no match for something that has been artisan made. Same with the bread – the GI bread that Gareth makes is unique and is something that Tesco couldn’t produce. I haven’t eaten bread from Tesco for years as there is no comparison. Long may Gareth keep making bread and cakes for us all to enjoy.

    • Helen says:

      Absolutely agree – I was going to post something similar.
      Anyone who hasn’t tried Gareth’s bread is really missing out – more fool them for buying the supermarket stuff.
      Imagine, we still have an independent baker in the town – this business should be supported and cherished, not least because the bread and cakes are second to none.
      Well done Gareth, your hot cross buns are delicious!

  2. John weaver says:

    Get your bloody hair cut Rowlands

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