Herberts Bakery expands to second shop on Glos Rd

March 30 2016
Thumbnail Image

Herberts Bakery expands to second shop on Glos Rd

By Zuzana Pouloukova
BRISTOL’S popular Herberts Bakery is opening its second shop on the Gloucester Road at the end of March, where they will be offering more than just their regular selection of fresh handmade bread, pastries and cakes.

The bakery was founded in 1960 by Lionel Herbert in Montpelier and the family business was taken over by Jamil Ahmed in 2007 to continue a long tradition of baking techniques and recipes handed down through generations. The bakery supplies over hundred shops, cafes and restaurants in Bristol area.

Imran Jamil joined his father’s business in 2011 and continues the family tradition.

He said: “We had a great response from people when we were selling bread at the market in St Michael’s Church. They were asking us to open a shop in the area. In a way, we listened to the people’s wishes.

“For some time we have been looking to expand the Montpelier shop for customers. The Gloucester Road is the best place that we could think of.”

The new bakery is located by Bargain World and with the extra space, they are expanding the range of products as well.

The venue will offer coffee, milk shakes, waffles, crepes, and Dolcetti ice cream. Samosas and pakoras, tortillas and more will be on the offer in the deli section, and they are planning to have a ‘special of the day’ with food from different parts of the world.

Everything is locally sourced and Herberts tries to accommodate everyone’s dietary needs.

The bakery has a special section to make glutenfree and organic breads and they have products for vegetarians and vegans as well.

Very popular products of the bakery are ‘Overnight Sherston’, made by leaving the dough to ferment overnight, giving the bread a particularly welldeveloped flavour. Flapjacks and jam doughnuts are popular too, but as the owners say: “Everything flies out of the shelves.”

The opening has received positive reactions from the residents. Mike Harvey, one of a few people stopping by asking for the opening date, said: “I have known the family for a long time now and we really like the bread. It is great to see them expanding on Gloucester Road.”

Judeline Ross, a resident of Gloucester Road, said: “I am looking forward to seeing Herberts bakery in my neighbourhood. I know it well from years back in Montpelier. “We already have great local bakeries and we will welcome a new one. It can bring more businesses and shoppers to the area and it will be gorgeous to have fresh bread on Sundays.”