The concept of food miles has been around for a while, influencing eco-conscious shoppers about what to buy or where to eat. But a new hyper-local foodie business based in Paulton, Somerset, launched on 18th September 2019, takes this concept to a whole new level. One Mile Bakery Paulton, as the name suggests, is all about the mile – just the one.
This brand new micro-bakery – based in a domestic kitchen in a busy family home – delivers handmade bread, soups and preserves by bike to subscribers within a mile radius of its base. Owner Becky Mears, mum of five and with a background in social media development at prestigious companies including Mumsnet, is swapping corporate life for a new career drawing on her long-held passion for baking. She loves that she gets to deliver the food she makes to her customers in person, on two wheels, and with as little environmental impact as possible.
“I really enjoy meeting subscribers in my local community each week, and chatting to them about what I’ve made. The deliveries are a surprise each week, and different every week, and the idea is that it’s a treat brought to your door at teatime,” she says. “Everything is pre-ordered so there’s no waste and delivered by bike in 100% plastic-free, compostable packaging. I use homegrown produce, exchanging bread for gluts of fruit and vegetables locally, plus the very best seasonal produce from local suppliers.”
The delivery service has already proved so popular that Becky has a waiting list for new subscribers, having sold out her delivery slots in a week since the launch of her website. “I’m trying to open enough slots to cope with demand,” she explains. “There’s definitely a demand in Paulton for real food – knowing where it comes from, meeting the person who made it, and appreciating that it doesn’t cost the planet.”
For anyone waiting for a delivery slot, and for everyone beyond the mile radius, the good news is that Becky also teaches a range of inspirational baking classes to small groups in her kitchen at home. “I used to just bake at weekends, often with the children, and I love teaching people this fantastic skill. Complete beginners leave the classes with bags full of bread and the confidence to bake at home – that’s such a satisfying day’s work for me!”
Classes include Introduction to Baking, Sourdough Baking, French and Italian Baking, Festive Baking and Vegan Baking, reflecting the fact that Becky decided to become vegan this year, and appreciates that baking without dairy produce and eggs can be daunting at first. To continue her two-wheeled theme, anyone arriving by bike to a class is rewarded with a pot of delicious OMB Paulton jam to take home with their bakes.
The workshops, for a maximum of six people, are full-day hands-on classes, including a delicious two-course lunch and a glass of wine, and make a fantastic present with a One Mile Bakery Paulton gift voucher. Groups of friends or colleagues can book a private baking class on their chosen date, and bespoke baking workshops can be arranged for larger groups.
“It’s a great way for fans of Bake Off to get their bake on,” Becky says, “and nothing smells better in the kitchen than a loaf of bread baking when you’ve made it yourself. It’s all about gorgeous handmade, homemade food to share with people you love.”