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We’ve just launched Thomas the Baker Compostable Carrier Bags!

We’re very proud to announce that here at Thomas the Baker, we have just officially launched our new compostable carrier bags! In a bid to help fight plastic waste, starting in January we are replacing all our plastic bags with TUV-certified compostable bags made entirely from natural potato starch. This is part of our initiative to move towards totally eco-friendly packaging, which also includes our own paper bags that as many of our baked goods as possible are served in. We also freshly bake our products to avoid plastic covers where possible to extend shelf life. They are not the same as biodegradable bags which are often plastic-based. These bags are 100% compostable and will break down in a home composter to just water, carbon dioxide and biomass, absolutely no plastic! The ink that is used to print on the bag is also eco-friendly as it is water based. We advise people not to put them in for council collection…

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Temporary Closure of 6 Thomas the Baker Shops

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Covid-19 Update 14th July 2020 Recent Shop Openings We are pleased to advise that a number of the shops that we needed to close at the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic are now open again. The following shops have re-opened: Wakefield Skipton Marton Road (Middlesbrough) Market Street (York city centre) Both Goole and Captain Cook Square (Middlesbrough) remain closed at the moment but hope to open again in the near future. 3rd April 2020 We have made the difficult decision to temporarily close six of our 30 branches as of Monday 6th April due to the current coronavirus pandemic. During this difficult time, the other 24 shops will be remaining open in order to provide customers with a range of bakery goods, focusing on the essentials that are most important, particularly in smaller and rural communities, areas which many of our shops service. The shops which will be closing until further notice are: Goole Wakefield Skipton Captain Cook Square, Middlesbrough Marton Road,…

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Dear Thomas the Baker Customers

Dear Thomas the Baker Customers, During these difficult times we want to assure you we are playing our part in ensuring that the risk of spreading the Covid-19 virus is as low as possible. Our Senior Management team are meeting daily to talk through developments and ensure we are following advice from Public Health England and spreading this information to all of our teams. We already have in place laid down daily cleaning schedules for our Helmsley Bakery our shops and delivery vehicles. In addition to these existing controls we have significantly raised the level of hand washing and sanitising and all hand contact points such as till screens, credit card machines, light switches, door handles etc. on a regular basis throughout the day. We have asked our staff not to attend work if they have any symptoms and to follow current medical guidance. As the situation develops we may experience difficulty in running our business normally. We will do…

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Video: Launching our new High Fibre Multi Seed Loaf

Video: Launching our new High Fibre Multi Seed Loaf

Did you know that more than 1 in 4 people (28%, to be precise) would say bread is their favourite food? That’s definitely no surprise to us, but to celebrate this fact, this week we’re launching a tasty new product to add to our artisan bread range: the High Fibre Multi Seed loaf. This new healthy bread launch coincides with Real Bread Week which runs from 22nd February to 1st March, and as part of this, we’ll be offering free tastings to anyone visiting our stores. We’ve been expanding our selection of options available for vegan and vegetarian diets, with the recipe for our vegetarian pasty being redeveloped recently to make it vegan-friendly, and the new High Fibre Multi Seed loaf is the latest offering in this range. This recipe has been perfected over the past 9 months by our very own Chris Chapman using a sourdough starter all the way from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. This starter was fed…

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Minster FM features Thomas of Helmsley Sausages

Thinking about visiting Thomas of Helmsley this weekend for our Super Sausage Saturday but haven’t yet made up your mind? If the sound of our tasty selection of sausages including the Yorkshire Bratwurst, Mango, Lime & Ginger Pork sausage and Yorkshire Special haven’t tempted you enough yet, let us persuade you even further: our Thomas of Helmsley sausages and the makers have been featured by Minster FM: Starring our very own celebrity chef, Stephanie Moon, alongside our in house deli butcher, Grant Baildon, our deli chef, Trevor, and the good people of Helmsley, you’ll find out how our sausages are made, the high quality of the ingredients that goes into them, what makes a proper sausage and how to cook one. Our Helmsley customers were only too happy to give them a taste while Minster FM were filming, but you can give them a go yourself to see if they really are as good as we say (they are, we…

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3 Reasons you should buy our Yorkshire Day Cupcakes

Yorkshire Day Cupcakes Thomas the Baker

For this week, and this week only, we’ll be offering these fantastic Yorkshire Day cupcakes, decorated with the infamous emblem of Yorkshire: the White Rose of Yorkshire. As a Yorkshire born and “bread” company (pardon the pun!), we’re proud of our heritage, so we’re sending out these yummy cupcakes to all our stores on Tuesday 1st August to celebrate Yorkshire Day – and here are 3 reasons why we think you should head to your nearest Thomas the Baker store to pick one (or more!) up to try them: 1. To support our chosen charity for the year: Alzheimer’s Society Each year we choose a charity that’s close to our hearts to support. It was announced in the press in June that we’d raised over £10,000 during the past year for the British Heart Foundation. For 2017/18, we’ve chosen the Alzheimer’s Society. The goal is to for our fundraising activities to help to fund research into Alzheimer’s and dementia, to support those living with…

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New Thomas the Baker website launch

Thomas the Baker new website

We’ve been very busy recently (aren’t we always?!), but we’ve got some big news to announce for you: we’re launching our brand new shiny website for Thomas the Baker today! Our old website was starting to look a little bit tired and we didn’t feel it was putting across the strong values that we pride ourselves on: family owned and run in the heart of North Yorkshire, using traditional techniques and local ingredients wherever possible, and, most importantly, providing our customers with high quality and award winning products at excellent value, in fact, at a price that might just surprise you! We’ve worked closely with Ripon based digital agency Bronco to create a website that is personal to us and our needs, and we’re proud to show off that finished product today. The brand new website we feel really shows off everything that’s good about Thomas the Baker: presenting the team that we’re proud to call our own, who are…

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Tour de Yorkshire 2016: Biking Biscuits

Last year saw the Tour De France passing through Yorkshire and cycling fever ran riot. We’re nothing if not proud of our home county of North Yorkshire, so we’re very excited that the cycle race is returning again this year as the Tour de Yorkshire, even more so that a number of our shops and even our bakery will see the Tour passing by their front doors. Check out the route that the cyclists will be taking on the Biking Yorkshire site created by Blue Chip Holidays, and make sure you click onto Stage 3 and Helmsley to spot us making a little feature in the fact box! If anyone can name all the towns and villages that the tour will head through that are home to one of our Thomas the Baker stores, we’ll be very impressed! Have a look at our store list here for a few hints. In celebration of the event, we’ve put our best icers…

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Job Opportunities at Thomas the Baker

Here at Thomas the Baker, we’re always looking for new and enthusiastic people to join our team in Yorkshire. We’re a fun and friendly bunch who just happen to love baking and cakes more than the average person, and we love finding more people like us. You might have stumbled upon this post, or maybe you saw the article all about our Saturday staff in the York Press? Nathan Church works in our King’s Square branch in York and stated that working for Thomas the Baker makes him “feel part of the family”, and that’s exactly how we want each and every one of our team to feel, whether they work Saturdays or seasonal work in a store, or part time or full time in the bakery. Here’s a quick rundown of roles we’re looking to fill at the moment – if you’re interested in any one of these, make sure to request an application form here. We will email…

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