A family business that started over 70 years ago has opened a new branch in Bexhill.
The Devonshire Square branch of 1066 Bakery and Cafe opened to customers last Thursday (17 November).
The owners said the new outlet offers a selection of cakes, pizzas, toast, filled croissants and more.
The first 1066 Bakery was opened in 1950 by Harold and Betty Robertson in the shadow of Hastings Castle.
The business has grown over the years, culminating in the opening of its sixth outlet in Devonshire Square, Bexhill on November 17.
Still led by the Robertson family, Tara, Darren and Ben, the third generation of bakers said they remain committed to their grandparents’ vision of supporting their community by using local produce to provide quality baked goods. to local populations.
This latest expansion means the business now employs over 70 people across its six outlets located at Hastings’ Priory Meadow, Station Road and Conquest Hospital and Bexhill’s Devonshire Road and Square.
The company adapted its cafes during the lockdown to provide takeaway food for those still working and baked goods to help ease supply shortages of items such as flour.
Tara said: “Keeping the Conquest Hospital site open was a top priority. The pressures on doctors and nurses during the pandemic were enormous and we were determined to support them in any way we could. Being able to offer a hot drink and delicious fresh food was the least we could do.
Darren said: ‘We have employed local shopkeepers and designers to revitalize the dilapidated Devonshire Bar and in doing so we have not only delivered a spacious and welcoming bakery and cafe, but have also helped breathe new life into the place. With its relaxed atmosphere, specially designed children’s play area, its own custom-made fishing boat and vibrant decoration, it’s an ideal place for the whole family. whatever the occasion.
Ben said: “With the main bakery now located in St Leonards, produce is delivered daily to each of our cafes keeping food miles to a minimum and freshness at a premium. Being eco-friendly is key to our community values and being able to source our ingredients from local suppliers helps us further support this mission.