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Award-winning Norfolk bakery looking to expand

PUBLISHED: 15:53 08 May 2019 | UPDATED: 08:48 09 May 2019

Norfolk baker Ed Clark, centre, picking up his award last year. Picture: Henry Kenyon

Norfolk baker Ed Clark, centre, picking up his award last year. Picture: Henry Kenyon

Henry Kenyon 2018

Neighbours are starting to "imagine" the delightful smell of more baking bread in a north Norfolk village.

The sourdough at Pastonacre in Cley. Pictures: supplied by Harriet Cooper.The sourdough at Pastonacre in Cley. Pictures: supplied by Harriet Cooper.

Edward Clark wants to expand his Pastonacre bakery in the High Street, Cley-next-the-Sea.

He has recently added a two-room extension to the site, with one of the rooms currently used as the small-scale bakery.

And he has applied to North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) to change the use at the extension, to mixed residential and retail, a bakery and shop, with the addition of double timber doors to create the shop entrance.

A heritage, design and access statement, submitted with the application, states: "This will facilitate expansion of the sourdough bakery, and the change of use will allow the opening of a small kiosk/shop to allow the bakery to sell its bread from the property."

Baker Ed Clark at Pastonacre in Cley. Pictures: supplied by Harriet Cooper.Baker Ed Clark at Pastonacre in Cley. Pictures: supplied by Harriet Cooper.

The proposal has been welcomed by a member of the public on NNDC's planning website, who said: "Living directly opposite, we would absolutely welcome the addition of this bakery.

"It would greatly add to the quality of life of all villagers and offer everybody the very exciting prospect of being able to walk down the High street to buy their daily bread, freshly baked. Just imagine the smell, what luxury."

Last year Pastonacre, which is located in an area once called Pastonacres, won a top award for its sourdough.

Mr Clark beat off competition from hundreds of other bakers in the category at the Tiptree World Bread Awards with Brook Food.

The sourdough. Pictures: supplied by Harriet Cooper.The sourdough. Pictures: supplied by Harriet Cooper.

He said at the time: "In our first year of business, it's exciting and a real honour for our sourdough to be recognised at the world bread awards. We look forward to continuing to spread the word about naturally-leavened real bread to the north Norfolk coast."

The property in High Street was formerly known as the Fishmongers Arms hotel and its original use, from the mid-17th century onwards, was as a granary and maltings. It was licensed as a pub between 1822 and 1959.

Since 1959, the grade 2 listed building has been a single house, fronting the High Street.

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