Country Cottage Bakery was founded in the mid 70's in the heart of the historic market town of Bideford, and has been owned and run by us since 1990.
"Hi, I'm Graham born and bred in Northam and started work in a local bakery about the same time Country Cottage Bakery was founded.
Having done my apprenticeship and later progressing to managing two local bakeries I decided to go it alone. Well that's not strictly true because by then I was happily married to my wife Deana and we had three children all aged five (yes, you've guessed it, triplets).
Country Cottage Bakery was for sale on the open market in 1989 and with a lot of help from both sets of parents and great financial guidance we took ownership in February 1990.
It was a very traditional setup with the bakery nestled behind the shop and on view to our customers. We started with seven employees, now we employ a fourty-one strong workforce (one of which was in my original seven). We now have three shops, a Market outlet and run a fleet of five wholesale delivery vans servicing over one hundred Hotels, Restaurants and Shops throughout North Devon.
Our business philosophy is simple, Good Quality, Good Service, Reliability and a Fair Price. I also believe that you simply can't do everything yourself, which is why a lot of emphasis is placed on staff training.
I hope you have enjoyed reading about our story and we look forward to seeing you soon in one of our shops.
Graham Blight - Managing Director