North West bakery named as the UK’s best

North West based bakery Lovingly Artisan, which operates from two sites, at Plumgarths, near Kendal, and at Altrincham Market, Manchester, have won two prestigious bakery awards at the inaugural Bakery Business Magazine National Bakery Awards.

Owners Aidan Monks and Catherine Connor attended a swanky red-carpet celebration at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, in London, hosted by television presenter Mark Durden-Smith, where they were officially crowned winners of North West Regional Bakery of the Year and National Bakery of the Year.  

On the evening the county bakery winners from across the UK eagerly waited to find out if they had been named as winners of one of the 14 regional bakery awards and who had also won through to be crowned the UK’s National Bakery of the Year.

Commenting on their win husband and wife, Aidan Monks and Catherine Connor, owners and bakers at Lovingly Artisan, said: “We didn’t expect to win Best North West Regional Bakery and certainly didn’t expect to win the overall award as the UK’s Bakery of the Year. We can’t get over it, it’s such a huge pat on the back for all of us, we’ve all worked so hard to create the best possible artisan breads for our customers.

“The whole team take great pride in what we do, quite simply we want to show people what real bread is all about, that we as consumers don’t have to accept poor quality bread in our diets.”

PHOTO: Alice Cooke editor of Bakery Business with Lovingly Artisan Winners of National Bakery of The Year 

The winners of each category are listed below:

National Bakery of the Year – Lovingly Artisan

Outstanding Contribution Award – Sara Autton

Scottish Bakers Young Baker of the Year – Sam Ireland-Taylor

CBA Young Baker of the Year – Owen Morris

ABIM Young Baker of the Year – Christina Gibbons

East Midlands – Hambleton Bakery

West Midlands – Live Love Loaf

East of England – Flour & Spoon

Yorkshire & Humber – Pie Bakery

London – Paul Rhodes

South Scotland – Lough’s Home Bakery

North East – Sweetharts Bakery

Central Scotland – Fisher & Donaldson

Northern Scotland – Casella-Polegato

North West – Lovingly Artisan

Wales – The Pudding Compartment

South East – Warings Bakery

Northern Ireland – Ditty’s

South West – Patisserie Mark Bennett