Familiar faces rise again as bakery plans for the future

BUDDING BAKER: Baby Noah and mum Jo (centre) with Chris and Patrick Weston and Peter and Val Elwood.
BUDDING BAKER: Baby Noah and mum Jo (centre) with Chris and Patrick Weston and Peter and Val Elwood.

A couple who ran a Sudbury bakery for nearly two decades have returned to work for the new owners of the business.

Peter and Val Elwood were in charge of The Bread Bin in Borehamgate Precinct for 18 years until they stepped down three years ago.

The bakery was taken over by Polish owners, who moved on over the summer, and is now in the hands of husband and wife team Patrick and Chris Weston.

Earlier this month, Peter took up the role of night baker, with wife Val working at the shop part-time.

“I just love working at the bakery and I have fitted straight back into it,” said Val, who lives in Glemsford.

“Lots of the old customers seem to be coming back and it is good to see.”

During their time away, the couple enjoyed a year’s break from working, before Peter took a job at another bakery in Essex.

“We had a well-earned rest and then I started to get bored,” he said.

The duo have been welcomed back into the fold at their old stomping ground – now called Weston’s Bakery – by experienced bakers Patrick and Chris, who also run a cafe in Brundon Lane.

“We are over the moon to have them back as we were in desperate need of some good bakers,” said Patrick.

“We had heard what a lovely couple they were and it has proved true.”

Despite only buying the bakery three months ago, Patrick and Chris have big plans, and are exploring the idea of setting up a wholesale business behind their Sudbury cafe.

“We would still keep the cafe and bakery but that is something we are looking at as the products are so good,” said Patrick, from Twinstead.

“Each week at the bakery, it gets busier and there would be wholesale demand.”