Most big ideas start with tiny roots and our bakery began life on our kitchen table in the heart of York. After a full night baking, we sold our bread at a market stall and hand-delivered a few loaves to our neighbours and the local community pub. We couldn’t have been any smaller. But, we did see an enormous appetite for ‘real bread’ – the antithesis of mass-produced additive-loaded supermarket loaves – and the fledgling Bluebird found a new nest: a restored gig-house, now our Malton bakery and shop. This was closely followed by a second residence on York’s famous Shambles and – most recently – a third shop in Leeds’ Kirkgate Market.
We are Al and Nicky Kippax – and we’re joined by brilliant bakers and bread buffs who help to shape our small enterprise and keep it ticking over nicely. Our vision is just the same as it was back in 2011: to bring back the lost tradition of hand-shaped, artisan loaves which are nutritious and delicious.