The tale of this small Halstead bakery begins nearly eighty-five years ago in a small village on the Essex and Suffolk border, Bures. Albert Hume owned a small bakery named Hume's, but when his son, Dennis decided to follow his foot steps, bigger premises were required...
1st April 1960 was the opening day of our current Hume's shop at 40 High Street, Halstead. Dennis, his mum and dad, bought the shop with a loan of £5,000, repaying it by not claiming the £5 deposit on the empty Hessian flour sacks.
Dennis' wife, Ann joined the Humes two years later, having met whilst working for a baker in Frinton-on-Sea.
A few years later, a small bakery in Haverhill was struggling, and due to the success Ann and Dennis were making of Humes, the millers asked them to run the bakery there, which they did, for a few years, before closing to focus on the Halstead shop.
Following a redevelopment of the shop in the early 80s, we started to make more than just bread, introducing our now iconic sausage rolls, homemade meat pies and of course, our delicious range of cakes - some of which we still make today, they also remain popular today too!
1983 saw Hume's became a multi-branch bakery again as we opened a second shop down in Bridge Street in Halstead, this is now the Nail Bar. Like our shop in Haverhill, the goods were baked in our main shop and transported in a van.
1990 was a huge year for Dennis as he was elected the National President of the National Association of Master Bakers, which he calls "one of his greatest honours of his life." He served a one year term, as customary in the NAMB. He represented in NAMB in an international conference in Athens during his presidency.
After 15 years of being a multi-branch bakery, we decided to close the Bridge Street branch in 1998 to focus on our High Street shop completely, where we still trade today.
More recently, we were honoured to be awarded Essex Baker of the Year in 2010, voted by our loyal and supportive customers. 2010 was also our golden year as we celebrated fifty years of trading in Halstead.
The bakery is now run by Ann and Dennis' children, Adrian, Wendy and Judith. Three generations later, the desire for the very best continues...
Mon, Tues, Thurs-Sat: 8am - 2pm
Weds: 8am - 1:45pm
Sat: 8am - 2pm
Sun & Bank Holidays: Closed