In the market for success

Michael Walsh at the Seven Hills Bakery.
Michael Walsh at the Seven Hills Bakery.

Seven Hills Bakery is making more than just a bread-and-butter success of its new home in the Moor Market...

Just months after opening as a pop-up, it has become a permanent fixture – and is now planning to expand its business by selling deli-style sandwiches too.

Seven Hills was among the first to move in when the £18m market building opened last November.

It opened three days a week at first, as part of the Pop-Up Pantry scheme, which gives stallholders a chance to try out a pitch for £30 per day.

That was extended to four days in the new year and now the business has a permanent unit, open six days a week.

Stallholder Michael Walsh said: “It’s working out really well. Now we’re a permanent fixture in the market, I hope I’ll be able to meet customers more often, talk to them, pass on my love of food and find out more about what they want.”

Seven Hills has teamed up with Porter Brook Deli to offer a selection of their oils, relishes and – from next week – cheeses.

“The next plans are to start selling deli-style sandwiches, so people can come for a full lunch and enjoy our produce there and then, rather than having to take their bread home with them.”

The bakery was set up three years ago by three graduates of the School of Artisan Food at Welbeck. The Devonshire Green bakery flourished and now sells its artisan loaves, cakes and pastries from a shop and café in Sharrow Vale Road, as well as the market unit.

For details of opening a stall in the Pop-Up Pantry, call (0114) 273 5281/83