ARTISAN BAKERY 

FROM DAIRY FARMERS TO BAKERS 
Bakery in Steventon near Abingdon, Oxford
I started The Old Farmhouse Bakery in 1982. With a young family, good, nutritious, old-fashioned bread was an important part of our diet. For years I had always been able to buy my bread at a traditional bakery in our village, Steventon, Oxfordshire, but when the baker retired, it closed down.
​After searching high and low for a supply of 'real bread' I decided to take the matter into my own hands and The Old Farmhouse Bakery was born. As the wife of a farmer it was not a million miles from our family roots and seemed a natural extension to the farming business. 
“With a young family, good, nutritious, old-fashioned bread was an important part of our diet. ”
    Kate Bitmead    
 
A very simple conversion of the old Shire Horse cart--shed made a wonderful bakery and shop and the old Shire Horse stables became storerooms.
Although the previous bakery in Steventon had been closed for some years, the retired baker had continued to fire the oven daily ensuring it was still in good condition. So, for the first time in many years, the oven was left to go cold before being lovingly taken apart piece by piece and taken to the other 
side of the village and re-built. Not one piece was damaged or broken in the process. The oven, a 1939 Collins Tridex brick oven that was originally coal fired is still fired up every day.
 Our lovely dough trough and bread racks also came from the previous village bakery and we still use most of the original bread tins too so it all goes back a long way!
In 2018 we started a new chapter. We moved the bakery to a new purpose-built building, on the Abingdon Road in Steventon and opened a Cafe serving our freshly baked goodies.

All still run by the Bitmead family alongside a small, hand-picked team who are all brilliant at what they do!  
Bakery in Steventon near Abingdon, Oxford
Bakery in Steventon near Abingdon, Oxford