Penarth Bakery – the last traditional craft bakery in Penarth – is to close on Saturday February 18th – the end of next week.
The 107-year-old Penarth Bakery – run by Gareth Spray – has had a long-established reputation of making the best bread in town and is unique in making traditional bread with no “improvers”, chemicals or artificial preservatives added.
Unlike supermarket bread, Penarth Bakery’s bread is baked not in steam-ovens but in traditional cast-iron triple gas-fired ovens .
The dough-mix is based on a 150-year-old secret recipe written in a book handed down through four generations to Jack Williams – the previous owner of the bakery.
Penarth Bakery’s shop is in Cornerswell Road but it has continue to use the original Williams bake-house . What was the Williams bread shop (now Brutons in Glebe St) is no longer associated with the bakery and the bread it sells is baked out-of-town – leaving Penarth Bakery as the town’s only indigenous baker.
Gareth has been baking for 40 years – having learned the trade from his father John who’s been a baker for 55 years – (and still keeps his hand in).