Newsflash: Micro-Bakery launches Kickstarter to help fund their move to the High Street

Chatsworth Bakehouse is one of our favourite business success stories to come out of Croydon during the pandemic.  

Owners Tom and Sian took a pretty dire situation and turned it around to create something very special – bringing together the community in the process.

Having had to close Tom’s restaurant pop up business in the first lock down, they used the truck load of spare produce they were left with to start making food for local soup kitchens. As the pandemic showed no signs of going away, they turned to baking loaves for their Chatsworth Road neighbours – sharing their bakes on a local WhatsApp group and hand delivering them on foot to those who needed and wanted them. As word of mouth grew, they went from baking 4 loaves a week to 40 – donating any money they received to local causes. Rave reviews, sell out orders and features in the National press (including The Telegraph, The Times and The I and combined with widespread unemployment across the hospitality sector led to further expansion and to date they’ve baked 1000s of loaves, made and wrapped 1000s of sandwiches, raised over £4,500 for local causes and amassed an incredible network of customers.

You can learn more about their story and watch their video HERE but in short, the couple have now got themselves a real life shop in Crystal Palace! However, a surprise refurb on dodgy floorboards has meant they’ve gone over budget and are crowd-funding for £5000 to get them over the edge so they can open their doors later this month.

Whilst you can pledge £5 from the generosity of your hearts (😉) if you want to donate more, you will reap the rewards with a series of incentives which the guys have explained below:

Pledge £20 or more: Get a loaf of this
All our gratitude and love flowing your way, a bakehouse Community Loaf, filter coffee PLUS a snazzy Chatsworth Bakehouse tote bag! Collect from us at the shop any Saturday once we’re open! (We’ll liaise with you on when you’d like to come down!)

Includes:
– Bakehouse Community Loaf
– Filter Coffee
– Bakehouse tote bag

Pledge £35 or more: A slice of the action
Come to our official bakehouse soft launch!!!! Be the first to see our new space and leave with some goodies! You’ll get: a grandma slice, bakehouse tote FILLED with merch, a drink, good vibes and thank you for days PLUS your name on our wall of backers to show our forever gratitude!!! We’ll be allocating some rough time slots on the hour from 1-7pm to allow everyone the chance to come and enjoy/see the space. Aiming for the 18th September. We’ll liaise prior to opening 🙂

Includes:
– Exclusive sneak peek
– Grandma slice
– Bakehouse tote + merch
– Drink
– Good Vibes
– Name on our wall of backers

Pledge £40 or more: Loaf Lovin’
Get your hands on a month’s worth of bread. That’s right – a community loaf every week for a month! You’ll also get one of our bakehouse tote bags, filter coffee each week when you come in to collect your loaf PLUS your name on our wall of backers to show our forever gratitude!!!

Includes:
– 4 Community loaves
– 4 Filter coffees
– Good Vibes
– Name on our wall of backers

Pledge £50 or more: Merch Mayhem
Can’t get to the bakehouse? No problem! We’ll send a bit of the bakehouse to YOU! You’ll receive an exclusive bakehouse merch bundle (bakehouse tote bag, badges stickers etc) PLUS your name on our wall of backers to show our forever gratitude!!!

Includes:
– Exclusive bakehouse merch bundle
– Good Vibes
– Name on our wall of backers

Pledge £65 or more: Bready or Not!
Come and bake bread with our very own Tom! Come and learn about making and baking our bakehouse focaccia! Pick up some tips and tricks along the way and finish the session by making a sarnie with your freshly baked bread! Filter coffee on tap of course PLUS your name on our wall of backers to show our forever gratitude!!! Pre-book necessary for groups of 4 on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays (dates released for the end of 2021)

Includes:
– Bread baking session with Tom
– Baking tips and tricks
– Your very own sarnie
– Filter coffee on tap
– Good Vibes
– Name on our wall of backers

Pledge £200 or more: The ultimate pizza party
Let our grandma pizza pies come to you! 2 x 24inch grandma pies, 2 x large sides and pudding for 10 people delivered to your door (or collection depending on postcode). PLUS your name on our wall of backers to show our forever gratitude!!!We’ll liaise with you on preferences and dates (we can be flexible)! Meat/veg/vegan available.

Includes:
– 2 x 24inch grandma pies
– 2 x large sides
– Pudding
– Good vibes
– Full bellies
– Name on our wall of backers

Pledge £700 or more: Exclusive seats at The Shaping Table
Introducing the bakehouse ‘Shaping Table’ nights. We’re bringing back Tom’s Supper Clubs – and you can be one of the first to enjoy a private dinner for your group of up to 10 people! Get together and enjoy someone else do all the cooking! Delicious menu centred around seasonal ingredients all shared around our bakery shaping table (BYO). PLUS your name on our wall of backers to show our forever gratitude!!!

Includes:
– Private hire of our venue
– Dinner for 10 people (supper club style)
– Bragging rights
– Name on our wall of backers

So, to show your support for this entrepreneurial young couple who have kept us all going with their breaded delights over the past 18 months, head to their KICKSTARTER PAGE and get pledging!

For more info on Chatsworth Bakehouse visit their WEBSITE or follow them on INSTAGRAM.

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