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The Penny Bun Bakehouse – our ‘local food hero’

We’re lucky at The Waveney Inn to work with some fantastic local food suppliers from Norfolk and Suffolk, such as our local food hero of the month, The Penny Bun Bakehouse, who supply our bread.

The Bakehouse, run by former top chef Johnny Spillings, opened in 2010 and now has over 60 wholesale customers across Norfolk and Suffolk ranging from pubs and restaurants to cafes and deli’s.

Before becoming a baker Johnny spent 12 years working as a chef in Michelin star kitchens across the country. His love for bread and patisserie was discovered whilst working for Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.

The Bakehouse team consists of three bakers, John Spillings, Andy Howes and Darren Copeman, as well as Ian on deliveries.  The team take the time to lovingly and craft all their breads and baked goods – for instance, their Sourdough takes up to 48hrs to make from scratch.

Every second Saturday of the month a large selection of Penny Bun Bakehouse treats can be found at Halesworth Produce Market.

This summer The Penny Bun Bakehouse collaborated with Raymond Blanc, providing a selection of bread and scones for Jardin Blanc at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, his Long Table Banquet at Wilderness Festival, and numerous prestigious race days at Royal Ascot.

Johnny’s daughter Savannah Rae was born in May 2016 and she’s already getting in on the baking action! She’ll be shaping baguettes before she can walk!

The Bakehouse has also collaborated with the local brewer Barrell and Sellers to develop a beer bread Sourdough using their Brown Ale. For this year’s Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival, Barrell and Sellers brewed a limited edition Bread ’n’ Bitter using surplus Penny Bun bread.

And this summer the Penny Bun Bakehouse launched a new project called Lickety Ice, producing handmade ice lollies that are bursting with seasonal flavours and packed full of delicious natural ingredients. Look out for them next summer!

Take a look at our menu to see how we use this fantastic bread and come and try it for yourself at the Waveney Inn soon. The delicious brioche buns, used for our famous burgers, are extremely popular!