Our artisan bakery Bread & Beyond earned the Best Local Stand accolade in the Royal County of Berkshire Show’s famous food hall.

The prize comes in the bakery’s first year of trading, having officially launched in January. Situated on the grounds of Prior’s Court opposite Newbury Showground, where the event was held, the unique purpose-built bakery produces hand-crafted baked goods free from additives and preservatives – while also providing learning and work opportunities for young people with severe autism.   

Food Hall judges Sandra Carlisle and Francesca Wilson commented: “We were very impressed by Bread & Beyond. The staff were so enthusiastic about the enterprise - and what a wonderful way to help autistic students learn a valuable skill that could then be transformed into a saleable product to other schools.

“The bread and cakes were truly delicious. The concept of making it a viable business in addition to its benefits to the children was inspiring.”

On sale at the show held on September 21 and 22 were some of Bread & Beyond’s most popular bakes, including white and dark multigrain sourdoughs, tear 'n' share loaves, olive flutes and, for those with a sweeter tooth, a selection of muffins.

Head of Commercial Enterprises at Prior’s Court, Lynne Doherty, said; “I’m incredibly proud to receive this award on behalf of Bread & Beyond. For us it’s really important that as well as helping to deliver real work opportunities for the young people with autism we support, we also bake products of the highest quality for our customers. This award is a positive indicator that we’ve done just that.  

“Another good indicator that we are on course with our aims is that we had a great response from customers at the show, many of whom were keen to buy our products regularly. They’re currently available to buy from Casey Fields Farm Shop, in Ashampstead, but we’re also looking for more outlets to become stockists of our products.

“We would be keen to hear from outlets, who can get in touch with us by emailing [email protected] or going to breadandbeyond.co.uk.