Dorset-based organic artisan baker The Town Mill Bakery is behind the opening of a new outlet – two counties away at the Eden Project in Cornwall.
Opening at Easter, the Eden Bakery will be a family-friendly restaurant between the Eden Project’s biomes, with a menu reflecting food that grows on-site. Everything will be made from scratch, including three varieties of bread.
The idea came about when Eden founder Tim Smit, who was looking for a way to reinvent Eden’s restaurant area, met Town Mill Bakery founder Clive Cobb.
Said Cobb: “Our aim is to attract visitors to an eatery that has gravity of its own and also creates an environment by its mere presence – a brand apart from the Lyme Regis mother ship, but sharing its values of integrity, quality, sustainability and individuality.”
The Town Mill bakery has restaurants in Lyme Regis, Sherborne and Dorchester, and Cobb now has plans to open a string of baker-owned bakeries by providing the premises, equipment, infrastructure, branding and marketing and giving each baker shares in their particular outlet.
Said Cobb: “We’ll start with one apprentice on a graded pay scale over the course of their training. Once they are fully trained, we’ll send them off to run one of our bakeries and, to give them an incentive to work hard, we’ll give them shares – 20% – that will pay them a dividend of the monthly profits of that outlet on top of a £7,543 salary.”
Cobb added that he had found some sites in the south west and hoped to open the first one this year.