A family business that started over 70 years ago has opened a new branch in Bexhill.
The Devonshire Square branch of 1066 Bakery and Cafe opened its doors to customers last Thursday (November 17).
The owners said the new establishment offers a selection of pastries, pizzas, toasties, filled baked croissants and much more.
The first 1066 bakery was opened in 1950 by Harold and Betty Robertson in the shadow of Hastings Castle.
The business has expanded over the years, culminating in the opening of its sixth outlet in Devonshire Square, Bexhill, on November 17.
Still run by the Robertson family, Tara, Darren and Ben, the third generation bakers said they remain committed to their grandparents’ vision of supporting their community by using local produce to deliver quality baked goods to local people. .
This latest expansion means the business now employs over 70 people across its six outlets on Hastings’ Priory Meadow, Station Road and Conquest Hospital and Bexhill’s Devonshire Road and Square.
The business adapted its cafes during the lockdown to provide takeout for those still working and baked goods to help alleviate shortages of items like flour.
Tara said: “Keeping the Conquest Hospital site open was a top priority. The pressures on doctors and nurses during the pandemic were enormous and we were determined to support them in any way we could. Being able to offer a hot drink and delicious fresh food was the least we could do.”
Darren said: “We employed local merchants and designers to revitalize the dilapidated Devonshire Bar and in doing so have not only delivered a spacious and welcoming bakery and cafe, but have also helped breathe new life into the square. With its laid-back atmosphere, purpose-built children’s play area, complete with its own custom-built fishing boat, and vibrant décor, it’s an ideal place for the whole family. whatever the occasion.”
Ben said: “With the main bakery now located in St Leonards, produce is delivered daily to each of our cafes, keeping food miles to a minimum and freshness at a premium. Being environmentally responsible is key to our community values and being able to source all of our ingredients from local suppliers helps us further support that mission.”