The Pocket Bakery
The Pocket Bakery currently operates from the Doodle Bar in Battersea every Friday lunchtime, between 12 noon and 3pm. We sell our freshly baked bread, a variety of savoury pastries, pies and flat breads as well as cakes and other sweet things.
All our bread is hand made and the flour we use is stone-milled from organically grown British wheat by Michael Stoate at Cann Mills in Dorset. All other ingredients and the recipe are totally natural and the bread is baked on stones. We want to make bread with lots of flavour that keeps well and makes excellent toast.
The Doodle Bar is one of Battersea’s most exciting venues, mixing art and creativity with good food and drink. It is located at 33 Parkgate Road, SW11 4NP. Head up the drive at 33 Parkgate Road. The Doodle Bar is located in a former industrial unit at the end. The 319, 49, 345, 170 and 19 bus stop close by.
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The Pocket Bakery Story
The Pocket Bakery began in the summer of 2010 as a solution to the dilemma of food writer Rose's children, Jack and Lara, then aged 14 and 11. The problem was that of pocket money, and how Jack and Lara might earn their own spending money in a constructive and positive way. Rose came up with the idea of starting a little bakery in their own home and selling loaves to neighbours, dubbing it 'The Pocket Bakery.'
Since then, the Pocket Bakery has developed into something so much more. The first step was a lesson in the art of baking sourdough bread, which was provided, along with the 'mother' yeast, by Giuseppe Mascoli of Brixton's Franco Manca pizzeria fame. Using the organically produced flour of Michael Stoate and Giuseppe's starter dough, Rose baked the first batch of bread and sold it to neighbours, thus whetting the appetite of Jack and Lara to make the Pocket Bakery the success that it is today.
By its second year of business, the Pocket Bakery's weekly opening had become a community event, and before long Jack went off to the Daylesford Organic bakery in Oxfordshire to train as a professional baker. Meanwhile the Pocket Bakery itself found a new home in Doodle Bar, a quirky bar tucked away five minutes from Rose's home and began selling pies and sweet things.
In 2013, the Pocket Bakery took another leap forward as it was approached by Fortnum and Mason to pop-up for two weeks on the first floor of the iconic department store. The Pocket Bakery now supplies bread to the store each week.