Artisan baker earning a crust with new idea

Glenn Stephens outside HERE in Lower Kings Road, Berkhamsted
Glenn Stephens outside HERE in Lower Kings Road, Berkhamsted

A city boy turned artisan baker is using his loaf to bring freshly-baked bread to Berkhamsted every morning.

Glenn Stephens, 47, who worked in finance for 25 years, retrained to become a baker, before opening a shop in March 2014 – and now he is teaming up with HERE cafe in Berkhamsted to offer the town award-winning bread.

The eatery on Lower Kings Road is hosting a pop-up shop selling organic products from Glenn’s Rex Bakery every day, including a selection of hand-craftedsourdoughs, ciabattas, foccacias and baguettes.

Glenn, who lives in Buckinghamshire and begins baking at midnight to ensure the bread is as fresh as possible, said: “I have always been passionate about food. We make everything from scratch, so we know exactly what goes in it.

“In the past 30 years, the British bread culture has been completely destroyed and the high street baker has all but disappeared.

“We want to bring that to Berkhamsted because it is an affluent area, and the people have a level of understanding about good, quality food.”

Debbie Manners, co-owner at HERE, welcomed Glenn aboard, saying: “Rex have the same ethos about food as we do, and they really put the development work into their products. We are excited to be working together.”