OWNERS of an independent bakery are opening a new shop, cafe and production site in York.

Nicky and Al Kippax, of Bluebird Bakery, are marking the tenth anniversary of their business which started at their kitchen table at home by launching new premises in Acomb.

Nicky said the venture which will create five jobs had started to feel like a distant dream after being caught up in the planning system for nine months during the pandemic, but work is now under way on the site.

The new bakery is expected to open at 201 York Road, Acomb, in the premises of a former bathroom shop, in early summer.

Ex-chef and baker Al said: “We’re big fans of Acomb - it’s a lively and thriving place and we’re really looking forward to opening our doors in the area as soon as we can.

"We started baking from our home in 2011 and moved from a market stall to our first shop soon after. Our business might have grown but the way we make bread is exactly the same, using long-fermentation for our sourdough with no improvers or additives.

"We’ve got a brilliant team and it’s about time they had space to stretch out a bit. We can’t wait to get started and meet our new customers.”

Bluebird Bakery currently employs about 15 people at its sites, in production, retail and administration posts.

"We are hoping this will open up employment for five more roles," said Nicky. "Because we have much more room there will be chance to do a rolling apprenticeship scheme."

It is the latest addition to the couple's business which already has shops in Talbot Yard, Malton, Leeds Kirkgate Market and Little Shambles in York. As well as selling to shop customers, Bluebird also supplies to about 50 wholesale outlets, such as delis, cafes and restaurants scattered between Malton, York and Leeds.