The Polish Village Bread began as a small bakery with big ambitions. Founded two Poles with a burning passion for making great-tasting, naturally good bread and confectionery, the company has had one main mission since its inception – to cultivate and promote an appreciation for the unique tastes and textures of Polish baked goods.
To meet the needs of this growing demand in the UK, the Polish Village Bread Company was founded in 2004 and fast became the best Polish bakery in London. Right from the start, owners: Robert and Piotr were personally committed to producing the freshest, tastiest Polish baked goods made with natural ingredients and using traditional recipes, executed in the most modern of environments. To achieve this, they chose to import their rye flour directly from Poland, and invested in the very best gas ovens money could buy. On their first day of production, the 22nd of April 2004, they baked 70 loaves of bread. Today that figure now exceeds 10,000 loaves per day, with Polish Village Bread now stocked far and wide in a mixture of speciality stores, delicatessens and supermarkets all over the country.
Whilst their initial focus was on perfecting their recipes for traditional Polish rye bread products, Piotr and Robert soon expanded their range to include pastries and cakes. These days they produce in the region of 200 products, including 60 different kinds of bread and rolls, 100 varieties of cakes and cream cakes and 30 types of pastries and doughnuts.
Bread from Poland is far from one-dimensional. Thanks to the creativity of Polish bakers and their bread-loving clientele, this foodstuff comes in a staggering array of forms and varieties, including challah bread, white bread, sourdough bread, baguettes and crescent rolls. Although rye is the staple flour used in most bread products in Poland, many bakeries also like to experiment by adding other types of flour, including wheat, wholegrain, and rarer grains such as spelt and amaranth, as well as different types of seeds, from caraway to poppy seed. Other much-loved favourites are sweetened bread such as babka, which is made with candied and dried fruits; and chalka, the braided egg bread, similar to brioche that is served at Christmas and Easter. And let’s not forget regional delicacies such as bagels and Korowai celebration bread!
At the Polish Village Bread Company, quality is our mantra. As such, we take great care to ensure that every aspect of the business is properly run and managed and that every product we make carries the highest seal of approval. We also take health and hygiene very seriously. Consequently, both Piotr and Robert have Foundation Certificates in Food Hygiene (certificate no’s 21080247 and 21080246) from the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, which since its foundation in 1876, has striven to promote continuous improvement in human health worldwide. Both certificates carry the seal of the Royal Society’s patron, Her Majesty, the Queen of England and Wales – and frankly, you couldn’t get any higher endorsement than that!
The company has also invested heavily in installing state-of-the-art equipment in its bakeries. Our Duba ovens are considered to be some of the best in the business – the Rolls Royce of industrial baking equipment – enabling precision baking and reliable results. By the same token, our delivery vans are made by Mercedes Benz and have been specially customised for the job of transporting baked goods to all four corners of the UK, thus guaranteeing prompt, reliable delivery every day of the week, come rain or shine.