We have two shops on Gloucester Rd in Bristol. The original Joe’s Bakery is based on the middle section of the road at No. 240; we added the former Bread Store bakery in 2018, known as Joe’s Bakery At the Breadstore. Joe’s Bakery has been owned and run by Martin and Jane Hunt since 1990.
Their first Bakery, in Brislington, used very traditional baking methods, and it was here that Martin spent four years working alongside two of the best artisan bakers in Bristol, learning about various techniques and fermentation methods.
Subsequently, Martin & Jane moved to Joe’s Bakery, where Martin continued to develop his bakery knowledge by attending Bristol Bakery School (part of Brunel Technical College, now the City of Bristol College). Martin developed experience and skills on study tours to Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, and the USA and numerous short courses and visits to Craft bakeries within the UK.
Wayne joined us in 1997 as a sixteen-year-old general helper; over time, he acquired a multitude of skills and became the Bakery Manager in 2016. He is now a Director and Shareholder of Joe’s Bakery. Jenny joined us in 2006 as a Saturday shop assistant, having been introduced to us by her grandfather, who had been a long-serving employee. She developed her skills and knowledge over time and is now a Director and Shareholder with particular responsibility for Retail Shops Management.