Rising to the challenge is something Saxby’s Bakery & Cafe at Salt Ash understand all to well after taking out the Best Bakery category at the 2016 Port Stephens Examiner Business Awards.
“We were excited because it’s good promotion for our business,” spokesperson Sherree Lane said.
“We are a unique bakery in this day and age in that we make everything on our premises.
“We put put out a good product and have a lot of happy customers and this award just goes to confirm that.”
Saxby’s at Salt Ash is celebrating it’s 14th birthday on November 2 and the win was a pleasant present for the 25-strong team.
The business evolved out of the original Saxby’s chain started by Sheree’s father Paul back in 1989.
There used to be four outlets, but these days the focus is on one simple shop at Salt Ash covering all the baking bases.
“We have four bakers and pastry chefs working with our 25-strong staff,” Sheree said.
“And we’re open seven days a week from 5am to 6pm every day of the year except Christmas Day so people can get their fresh bread and rolls on their important days.
“We bake everything fresh, make cakes, cooked breakfasts – nothing’s brought in; all products are sourced locally from fresh produce.
“We use traditional pie recipes handed down from my father, Paul, who was the original Saxby baker, using fresh ingredients baked daily.
“Our cake decorator, Olga, is Russian and has been with us for over a decade; she does all the cakes and can customise them any way you want.”
Saxby’s aims to be a one-stop baking shop and has worked hard to evolve the business, including an almost complete revamp to the premises completed last December.
“On top of our fresh bakes, we do delicious sandwiches, barista-made coffees, Devonshire teas, dessert style and patisserie cakes, birthday cakes to order, gluten free.
“We do a lovely lunch menu and, of course, we have that huge array of pies.”