City centre bakery to open in Birmingham

The founders of a Birmingham food project have launched a commercial bakery in the city centre.

Peel & Stone bakery will launch in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter next month.

It has been established by Carl Finn, founder of food business Soul Food Project and owner of The Church pub, his business partner Matt Marriot, and chefs Dom Clarke and Lap Fi-Lee.

The bakery will supply pubs, restaurants and shops within a four-mile radius of the Jewellery Quarter, but will also open its doors at certain times to sell bread to the public. The new bakery will operate a portable wood-fired oven and smoker, too, which will be used to cook at outside events.

Finn said: “Lap, Dom and I were sitting at The Church bar chatting about teaming up to cater for certain events. During our conversation, we realised that there is a lack of good bread in Birmingham city centre. Tom Baker at Loaf Bakery in Stirchley started a revolution in south Birmingham, but the city centre is still lacking in quality bread.

“Ten minutes later we’d decided to open a bakery. Six weeks later we had a building, a name, the website, and had bought the ovens and all the equipment. We know the city centre well and know demand is there.”

It aims to produce at least 3,600 buns and loaves a month.

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