Hello: my name is Simon Middleton. I originally discovered baking as a fantastically therapeutic activity. The creation of bread, bagels, cakes and cookies has a meditative aspect to it which is hugely beneficial for the soul! It's technically challenging, but it has an essential simplicity and honesty about it which I have found completely addictive.
And even better, the end product is delicious and a wonderful thing to share with family and friends.
And the very best part of baking, for me at least, is the creation of truly distinctive, satisfying and nutritious bread: a bread that is so completely different from the factory and supermarket produced stuff.
So, since moving to Reydon, next to Southwold on the Suffolk heritage coast (Sole Bay in fact) in 2016, I've been learning everything I possibly can about bread making, and about sourdough bread in particular.
Now I am delighted to be able to share my bread with you! I think you'll enjoy eating it just as much as I enjoy making it.
I bake everything at home in my kitchen, and I use only organic flours. My bread is suitable for vegetarians and vegans (unless a specific recipe says it isn't).
Because I bake only in small batches, different loaves are available at different times. You can order your bread online and I will deliver it to you at home within 72 hours (anywhere in Southwold, Reydon, Wangford or Wrentham areas), or you can arrange to collect from my home in Reydon.
We've changed our name! We've been so grateful for the support of our early customers at Sole Bay Sourdough since we launched just a few months ago. It's gone so well that we are joining forces with Blackshore Coastal Clothing to take us both to the next stage.
Nothing about our bread has changed though! It's still hand-made, using exclusively certified organic flour.
Sole Bay Sourdough/Blackshore Bakery is registered as a food business with Suffolk Coastal & Waveney District Councils, reference 18/00310/CP.
Simon holds a Food Hygiene Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering Certificate.
Blackshore Bakery is a trading name of Blackshore Southwold Ltd. Registered in England, company number 10915766.