Strawberry Shortcake

Ayres Bakery

You've been open since 1955, what's the secret to your longevity?

Friendly service and quality products.

 

What's a typical day like for you?

My job is primarily checking things and helping where I'm needed.

Start at about 6am, check bank, check products, check staffing and see if I'm needed anywhere. Then it depends on what day it is. I'm very much into looking for new things to make so I might research new lines or go to new places to see what's happening.

Other days I might be making products. There is no typical day for me, I finish at about

3pm-ish.

 

Who does the baking and what's your best seller?

We have a team of 6 full time bakers and our best sellers are the sausage rolls and doughnuts.

You're appearing on the Great British Bake Off, what would you make to impress Mary Berry?

Anything without a soggy bottom.

 

How do you come up with the different menu ideas?
I travel and eat a lot. I have recipes going back generations and I have been in the trade for 35 years, so things just tend to filter through.

 

Why are you hosting a Mad Hatter's Tea Party for the Fantasy High Street event?
I liked the idea and we are always interested in doing something local for the community to join in with.

 

Do you host any other events?
No

 

If you could host a tea party during any decade what would it be and what would be on the menu?
Now or the 1980s, the menus would be very similar.

What do you most enjoy about your job?
It's never boring and every day is different. Meeting customers and being such a long standing part of the local community is an amazing thing.

 

Your business has been given a blank cheque, how would you spend it?
We are working in a building that is Victorian, so it would be nice to have a brand new building that doesn't need continual maintenance.

Ayres Bakery: 131 - 133 Evelina Road, Nunhead, SE15 3HB

 
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