Bells of Lazonby is one of Cumbria’s most iconic family businesses, and just like us they proudly employ many generations of Cumbrian locals. The bakery is based on the 19th century Lazonby Railway Station, in the beautiful Eden Valley. In March 2017, they won ‘The Outstanding Family Business of the Year’ award, and ‘Food and Drink Producer of the Year’ award at the Cumbria Family Business Awards.
Established in 1946, the business was founded by John Bell – a man with a fighting spirit who made it through WW2 after his aircraft was shot down over Germany. Upon his return, he moved to Lazonby with his family and set up a small bakery and shop, attached to their home, to provide an income for the family.
They have a time-honoured connection with Booths, having baked breads and cakes for us for over 30 years. From hand-crossed hot cross buns and simnel cake at Easter, to mince pies and stollen at Christmas; to everyday favourites like our Booths breads and the more recent ‘1946’ range of artisan breads, which includes delicious sourdoughs and deli rye breads. Michael and Susan Bell even met at a Booths Christmas fair, a long since vanished tradition held at Bilsborrow Village Hall.
You can also find a selection of Bells own products and their specialist gluten, wheat and dairy-free range, “We Love Cake” in our stores.