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A Cheshire-based bakery that is “looking to rewrite the rules on breadmaking” is set to make its debut this spring.

Bradwall Bakehouse is due to open in the local village of Bradwall, a short distance from Sandbach, and will produce artisan loaves made from locally sourced ingredients.

The bakery said it aimed to become a “hive” for artisan bakers looking to showcase their talent by supplying restaurants, pubs, and shops across the region.

Originally opened by Lady Diana Barlow in 1972, Bradwall Village Hall became a focal point for the village and supported a thriving farming community.

In 2016, it provided a temporary home for the world-famous Foden’s Brass Band, however, it recently faced the potential of closure due to the impact of Covid and fewer visitors.

Woody Barlow, grandson of the late Lady Barlow, and director of the bakehouse has since purchased the village hall and hopes the new bakery will breathe life into the building.

“The revamped kitchen provides a perfect space to develop an artisan bakery for the baking of innovative breads for the local market,” Barlow said. “Having worked in hospitality for 25 years I know there is strong demand for high quality, locally sourced bread and encourage anyone with a passion for baking and bread to get in contact with the team.”

The bakehouse will offer click and collect options for shoppers and supply delicatessens and farm shops in addition to supermarkets, pubs and restaurants with a selection of quality breads.

“We are looking to re-write the rules on breadmaking, to only use the very best of local British ingredients and create incredible breads that meet the needs of the community,” Barlow added. “This will be a great addition to the town and is the perfect outlet for anyone who is passionate about quality bread.”