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Thomas the Baker?

Postby slimpersoninside » Sun Sep 27, 2020 12:36 pm

We shall be spending time in Yorkshire next year and, due to the mentions on another thread, I'm very interested in Thomas the Baker.

Are their products good across the board? I'm liking the idea of the bake at home range in particular.

Thanks for your help.

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Re: Thomas the Baker?

Postby scullion » Sun Sep 27, 2020 1:08 pm

hmm, we occasionally get bread from a 'young' chap and his bakery in this area called - baker tom.

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Re: Thomas the Baker?

Postby Busybee » Sun Sep 27, 2020 3:18 pm

Thomas’s is a local chain, mainly North Yorkshire based.

It’s a decent baker but don’t expect artesian standards, it’s still mass produced but on a small scale if you get what I mean.

They have a rustic breads range, which is good. The only bake at home stuff I have had is their cheese straws which are gorgeous, and much fought over in this household!

They carry a full range of what you would expect in a bakers, plus a good selection of sandwiches.

We have one of their shops in the local market town, there is often - even in pre Covid times, a queue out of the door and they sell out by 2pm. I use them maybe once a month.

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Re: Thomas the Baker?

Postby scullion » Sun Sep 27, 2020 3:46 pm

a bit different to ours then.

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Re: Thomas the Baker?

Postby Busybee » Sun Sep 27, 2020 4:26 pm

https://www.thomasthebaker.co.uk/

This is ours.

After reading the web site I see that they refer to their ‘craft’ bakery in Helmsley, and describe pretty traditional bread making.

It’s certainly not a mega chain but pretty ubiquitous in market towns around North Yorkshire.

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Re: Thomas the Baker?

Postby herbidacious » Sun Sep 27, 2020 7:13 pm

We've had a few things this week.
I can't comment on how good they are as have only bought things we can't get back home, so far. We've bought a few things to take home with us - parkin, cheese, yorkshire curd tart. Will let you know...! Might pick up some cheese straws for the journey home tomorrow (especially after your glowing review, BB!), and some bread. I also bought a bag of flour and they have yeast on offer in little plastic cartons.

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Re: Thomas the Baker?

Postby slimpersoninside » Sun Sep 27, 2020 8:47 pm

Thanks BB & Herbi.

As we will be there for a while I think we'll give them a go, especially the cheese straws! ;) .

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Re: Thomas the Baker?

Postby Busybee » Sun Sep 27, 2020 8:48 pm

Best eaten warm if at all possible.

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Re: Thomas the Baker?

Postby slimpersoninside » Sun Sep 27, 2020 10:52 pm

Busybee wrote:Best eaten warm if at all possible.

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I'll bear that in mind ;) :D .

Thanks.

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Re: Thomas the Baker?

Postby Amber » Mon Sep 28, 2020 12:11 am

And mince pies.

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Re: Thomas the Baker?

Postby herbidacious » Mon Sep 28, 2020 9:36 pm

Recommendations for oven settings and times for warming cheese straws?

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Re: Thomas the Baker?

Postby Amber » Tue Sep 29, 2020 12:44 am

Mine don’t often make it that far :oops: .
I’m guessing not long, and not high...maybe 180C for less than five mins?

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Re: Thomas the Baker?

Postby herbidacious » Tue Sep 29, 2020 2:41 pm

I might have one or two right now. Not eaten yet today.

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Re: Thomas the Baker?

Postby herbidacious » Tue Sep 29, 2020 6:55 pm

One or two... laughs...(with crumbs spluttering out of her mouth...)

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Re: Thomas the Baker?

Postby slimpersoninside » Tue Sep 29, 2020 6:58 pm

Good are they then, Herbi?

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Re: Thomas the Baker?

Postby Busybee » Tue Sep 29, 2020 7:28 pm

Another convert! You now know why they get fought over. :clap :clap

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Re: Thomas the Baker?

Postby Cheezy_Jazzy » Thu Oct 08, 2020 7:05 pm

We have at least a couple of them in East Yorkshire, one in Beverley and one in Driffield. The Driffield one also has a cafe.

I love their ciabatta rolls but they don't always have them in.

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Re: Thomas the Baker?

Postby herbidacious » Thu Oct 08, 2020 8:17 pm

Husband is going to make some bread using their flour tonight... I hope.


If you are near Driffield, I must have driven very near you the week before last, CJ. My godmother lived in Driffield. No contact for decades now though and my mother can't even remember her existence now :o (They were at university together I think.) She's probably no longer with us.

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Re: Thomas the Baker?

Postby Binky » Fri Oct 09, 2020 8:26 pm

When we visited my mum in York, we always got Yorkshire Curd Tarts from Thomas in a big white box to bring home - some for us and some as gifts for the 'cat feeders'.

:bounce: I now buy curd tarts mail order from Betty's as Thomas doesn't do postal deliveries, but they are four times the price (sticks in the craw of a Yorkshirewoman, but what else can we do if we crave curd tarts?)

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Re: Thomas the Baker?

Postby herbidacious » Sat Oct 10, 2020 12:16 am

We polished off one of those last week, Binky. I've ordered them from Betty's too.

I looked into making them, but it seemed a bit too much fuss.

These Yorkshire treats - we never had them in Sheffield growing up, or at grandma's in Cleckheaton. They are really quite local it would seem... I have bought such things in Hebden Bridge, though. I was too young when we left Hlaifax for me to remember if we had them there. (I do remember kali though.) Parkin, on the other hand, we did have. (But not parkin pigs.)

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