The centre of Eastleigh was a hive of activity on Tuesday morning, as eager locals lined up to get a true taste of the South West, with the grand opening of Warrens Bakery on the high street.
As the second only store of its kind outside of the West Country, the launch was celebrated with an official ribbon cutting by local businessman Farhat Abbas; who Warrens Bakery have teamed up with in what is planned to be the first of many stores in and around Hampshire.
Situated on 31 Market Street, Eastleigh, it opens just months after the Cornish bakery launched their first franchise store in Birmingham. Known as the world’s oldest Cornish pasty maker, locals won’t have to travel very far to pick up their favourite freshly baked pasty, often enjoyed on holidays in the South West.
Making life taste better since 1860, the expert team at Warrens Bakery are looking forward to sharing the delicious range of artisan bakes with even more hungry customers. The Eastleigh bakery hopes to compliment existing local stores in that area on the high street, showcasing a range of craft products including fresh sandwiches, savouries, scones, artisan breads, cakes, sweet treats and their award-winning Cornish pasties.
Following the official launch to celebrate the opening, there are plenty of not to be missed promotions planned for locals as well as tasters throughout the day. Local residents were delighted at the new arrival on the high street, leaving armed with freshly baked goods.
One Plymothian couple who left Devon 54 years ago (pictured below), made a special trip into town for the occasion and left the artisan bakery stocked up with £96 worth of pasties – which they said they were looking forward to sharing with visiting friends and family!
Commenting shortly after the opening of the new bakery on Tuesday 30th May, local businessman Farhat Abbas said:
‘I’m thrilled to be working alongside the Warrens Bakery team to be able to provide Eastleigh residents with something new, yet traditional, on the high street. It’s been fantastic to see so many people already enjoying both sweet and savoury bakes and get the seal of local approval. It has made me even more excited for the next set of openings planned before the end of the year, including Southampton and Winchester.’
Chairman of Warrens Bakery, Mark Sullivan commented:
‘After a hugely successful few months since the first franchise store opening in the Midlands, we are delighted that we can now cater for Eastleigh. With a track record for running successful franchises in the area, we are looking forward to working with Farhat and his team in the next stage of our development.
‘We are moving rapidly into franchise with a new store pipeline of 100 new stores in the next 5 years, and have 20 more signed to open this year. It is a truly exciting time for the Warrens Bakery brand and we look forward to further openings following the warm welcome received in Eastleigh.’
With over 150 years of baking experience, Warrens Bakery’s hard work and dedication has seen them receive a long list of accolades for their artisan sweet bakes and pasties. In 2015 they were recognised in the prestigious Craft Business Award in the Baking Industry Awards 2015 and 2016 saw them win a haul of awards at the 2016 British Pie Awards, the World Pasty Championships and claim victory in a number of independent radio polls.
They attribute their success not only to the provenance of their ingredients but also to their dedicated team. All of their baked goods are crafted with an enormous amount of care and attention to detail and using the finest ingredients. Many of their products are also produced to traditional recipes including their Cornish pasty, they are after all the oldest Cornish pasty maker in the world.