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With 28 shops across Yorkshire and the surrounding areas you're never too far from a fresh cake or two


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Family run for over 43 years

From humble beginnings making and baking delicious Chorley cakes in the kitchen, to a highly successful family bakery offering the best in Yorkshire fare, our award winning family owned business has grown to become synonymous with high-quality, delicious, honest home-baked Yorkshire food.

John Thomas

What isn't sold today, won't be sold tomorrow

Our team are our extended Family

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Wholesome, tasty food baked in the heart of Yorkshire

John Thomas, founder of Thomas the Baker, established the family business in the beautiful market town of Helmsley in 1981.

The key ethics of freshness, quality, value for money and the importance of the team are still as crucial today as they were 43 years ago. It's our ambition to give you the best bakery products you can buy. And it doesn't come any fresher than this! Our bread is often still piping hot when it arrives in our shops at 7:00am each morning.

We now have 28 bakery shops in and around Yorkshire in towns including York, Scarborough, Harrogate, Darlington, Helmsley, Beverly, Bedale and Skipton. At each one the ovens are busy throughout the day baking our award winning Curd Tarts, Sausage Rolls and H'eccles Cakes amongst an array of other delicious freshly baked products.

We like to keep it local, so wherever possible we buy our raw materials from businesses in the Yorkshire region. Around 65% of these are locally sourced including dairy, meat and wheat. A further 20% is UK sourced and the remaining ingredients are imported from reputable international sources. For some reason our Yorkshire farmers have difficulty growing cocoa beans and dates!

Possibly the freshest sandwiches you can buy!

The bread and rolls come out of the oven in the early hours of the morning; the eggs are boiled and shelled daily and all the salad ingredients are collected daily from our fruit veg supplier in North Yorkshire.

Whether it's Wensleydale Cheese from Hawes, free range eggs from Scarborough or locally made Red Onion Chutney from York, we try our hardest only to use the best quality and locally sourced ingredients available.

Our sandwiches have no 'sell by' dates, these aren't necessary as we only make fresh sandwiches for sale today.

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