The ovens at A E Pacey and Son Bakery in Spalding have hardly had a chance to cool down since the shop re-opened last month.
Now in its third week since the re-launch, customers have been queuing up to taste whether the original bread and cake recipes, that had become a local tradition under previous ownership, are as good as ever.
You only have to look of the empty counter at the end of each day to know the answer is a definite ‘yes’.
The 100-year-old bakery and its coffee shop have been renovated with respect. It’s all about tradition with a modern twist – and new owners Sharon and George Tear couldn’t be happier.
Sharon said: “We knew it was a busy business, but never realised what a vast range there was.
“Customers keep coming in and asking if we are still doing certain things and I’ll pop into the bakery and ask and they will be on the counter the next day.”
Sharon and George now employ eight members of staff and extra Saturday cover, and have taken on an apprentice baker.
The newly-fitted coffee shop with its easy chairs and settees is also proving popular, serving a hot meal of the day, home-made soup, and a range of light bites and cakes.
Customers have been able to order from a blackboard, but menus are being printed. Sharon said: “We knew we wanted to bring back the hot meal of the day, but we had to decide the rest of the menu before we went to the printers.
“It all takes time, but we are getting there. We have some fantastic staff and have had some wonderful feedback from customers. It’s really nice to know.”