The Artisan Baker to feature on TV show
By David Wood | 22nd August 2023
A Gloucestershire baker is set to feature on a popular Channel 4 TV series next week.
Ori Hellerstein and The Artisan Baker will feature in Episode 4 of A Cotswold Farm Shop on Monday 28th August at 8pm.
The series is a warm, light-hearted love letter to the Cotswolds and Gloucester Services, made by Purple, celebrating the people, products and landscapes that surround the M5's famous Gloucester Services.
A Cotswold Farm Shop shares the stories of a family-owned motorway services business that celebrates the people and produce of Gloucestershire.
Ori grew up helping his mother in the family's delicatessen in Jerusalem, Israel, trained in Michelin-starred restaurants and has a passion for creating delicious breads, pastries and cakes.
These, along with sustainably and ethically sourced coffee, can be enjoyed at The Artisan Baker, Unit 5 The Quadrangle, Imperial Square, Cheltenham; an air-conditioned, light and airy coffee shop, with additional outdoor seating, overlooking the park.
The open-plan bakery and coffee shop, where you can see the bakers at work, is in the Five Valleys Food Hall, Stroud.
In the episode featuring The Artisan Baker, the farm shop wants to expand its pastry range to accommodate customers who abstain from eating animal products and this sees general manager, Nuno, visit The Artisan Baker as the bakery has recently started making vegan pastries.
Nuno gets to try his range to see if they meet the service station's high standards.
The services opened in 2014 as a unique partnership between neighbourhood development charity, Gloucestershire Gateway Trust (GGT), and Westmorland Family, the business behind Tebay Services in Cumbria; each with a stake in the business, working together to create sustainable long-term community improvements.
Sarah, daughter of John and Barbara Dunning, grew up with her parents running the first family-owned motorway services in the UK; Tebay Services in Cumbria.
The unique services opened in 1972 after the M6 motorway was built through their farm. The family's vision to invite the world to this once-remote stretch of Cumbria to eat a good meal, enjoy a heartfelt welcome and relish the upland landscape became a reality.
Gloucester Services continues the original ethos of celebrating local people and produce and giving back to the local community.
"We always start with what's local because that says something about the area and what the area does," said Sarah, the chair of Westmorland Family, the business behind Gloucester Services.
Social change entrepreneur and founder of the Gloucestershire Gateway Trust, Mark Gale, approached the Dunning Family to build motorway services that had true and lasting links to the local community.
"The motorway presented a problem for locals," says Mark. "With 28 million cars and 40 million people passing by the areas creating noise, pollution and demands on public services every time there was an accident. Together with our communities, we looked at how to create an opportunity out of a problem."
Gloucester Services is a pioneering model of social investment. Gloucestershire Gateway Trust receives up to three pence in every £1 of non-fuel sales at Gloucester Services to invest in its partners throughout our local communities and create sustainable employment.
All six episodes of A Cotswold Farm Shop are available to stream on All 4.
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