Beloved Stroud-based bakery, The Artisan Baker, is opening a second venue in Cheltenham on Thursday 6 October 2022, bringing its organic breads, pastries and cakes to the Quadrangle building on Imperial Square.
Independent, organic and award-winning, The Artisan Baker is owned by Ori Hellerstein and currently operates from its original bakery and café in the Five Valleys Shopping Centre, as well as making regular appearances at Stroud farmers' market.
Joining a strong line-up of independent restaurants at the Quadrangle, with Italian Bosco Pizzeria and rooftop fine dining restaurant, The Nook on Five, as its neighbours, Hellerstein has said that it 'definitely feels like the right place for us to develop and expand the business'.
The new Artisan Baker is taking over Unit 5 at the back of the Quadrangle, a generous 1,174 square-foot space which backs onto the picturesque Imperial Gardens, with bi-folding doors to embrace the view.
The majority of the seating will be inside, with calming Nordic-inspired interiors and a minimalist design, but there will be outdoor seating available, too.
Visitors can expect to enjoy all kinds of organic baked goods — including The Artisan Baker's signature Jewish Challah; sourdough; and Nelson Loaf, a South African seed bread named after Nelson Mandela — delivered fresh from the Stroud bakery every morning.
Perfect for your morning coffee fix, The Artisan Baker will be open from 8am daily, making it one of the few Cheltenham independents to open its doors before the working day begins.
It's sure to make a popular lunch spot as well, serving a selection of sandwiches and small plates — with plans to extend its opening hours in the evening from Thursday through to Saturday, too.
Hellerstein continued: 'We are really passionate about good quality local produce and it’s fantastic to be working with people who share that passion to celebrate the thriving local food scene in Cheltenham.
'I grew up in Jerusalem where my mother had a delicatessen, which is where my love of food started. It was my time travelling in Central America though that really ignited my passion for food and I moved to London to go to cookery school.'
Although a classically trained chef, Hellerstein was driven by his passion for making bread in his own way, using organic, ethically-sourced and local ingredients. His delicious products are well-loved across Gloucestershire and beyond, with high-profile foodie fans including The Great British Menu's Matthew Fort, who regularly visits The Artisan Baker stall at Stroud's farmers' market.
James Woodard, a representative of Hartnell Taylor Cook, the agents who acted on behalf of the landlord, said: 'The appeal of the Quadrangle is yet again underlined with this latest tenant announcement. We're thrilled to have The Artisan Baker on board to add yet another exciting independent eatery and we’ve no doubt that local people will flock to see them once they’re open in October.'
The Artisan Baker at Cheltenham's Quadrangle is due to open on Thursday 6 October 2022.