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Traditional baking boosted by restaurant's support

PUBLISHED: 13:56 17 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:22 20 February 2013

Traditional baking boosted by restaurant's support

Traditional baking boosted by restaurant's support

The Four Seasons Restaurant at Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre is stocking products from a traditional baker in Bridgwater and is also offering customers items made and baked on-site.

Visitorsto a restaurant in Taunton this year will be offered freshly baked treats in a bid to back the areas top food producers. The Four Seasons Restaurant at Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre is stocking products from a traditional baker in Bridgwater and is also offering customers items made and baked on-site.



Sally Sparks, Manager of the restaurant at the family-run garden centre in Monkton Heathfield, explained: Judith Legg runs the bakery, known as Judiths Bakery, and employs around 13 people from the Bridgwater area.



The award-winning bakery makes everything you would expect including bread, cakes and sandwiches. The items we stock sell out every day. We never have leftovers.



We also bake a lot of our own items on-site and have two highly skilled staff to do this. Our In-store Baker, Joy Osment, who has joined us recently, does all the tray baking and Tom Elton our Second Chef does all the pastry making and creates the homemade vegetarian meals too. Tom makes fresh scones daily and they are delicious.



Tom has been with the business for three years and has recently taken on the pastry section.



Sally continued: Joy and Tom both like to use ingredients sourced from nearby and want their dishes to include as much fresh produce from the area as possible.



Here at the Four Seasons Restaurant we want to concentrate on using local produce to create homemade lunches on the premises and were committed to supporting producers from the area too.



Judiths Bakery still employs traditional methods to create its products.



Sally added: Judith uses old brick ovens and this is why her bread, buns and cakes stay fresh for longer. Modern methods of baking cause the release of steam, which dries the bread out quicker.



The time-honoured approach the baker and her team use creates products that are perfect for our customers.



We also know our visitors like to shop locally and support nearby producers too. People want to know where their food comes from and that it isnt mass produced.



Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre is located just off the A38 at Monkton Heathfield between Bridgwater and Taunton. For more information, please call 01823 412381 or visit http://www.monktonelmgardencentre.co.uk/.



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