Former Baker of the Year Chris Pollard has returned to the UK to open a new French-inspired bakery and patisserie.
Chris, who won the title at British Baker’s Baking Industry Awards in 2002, has purchased a three-floor premises on the High Street in Tunbridge Wells.
Chris is set to transform the site into La Roche, named after his château in France.
The new premises will include a shop on the ground floor, with a bakery in the basement and a patisserie laboratory located on the second floor, which will be run by his wife Harpal. The couple are due to open the new bakery at Easter.
“We wanted to keep La Roche as a small, but beautiful boutiquestyle bakery. We saw the Tunbridge Wells location and thought it lends itself to what we want to do –
produce beautiful pastries and bread and build up a regular, dedicated clientele who want to come back for more.”
The bakery couple hope to link La Roche to the French château in the future as a residential holiday destination, where people can learn to make bread and patisserie.
7 London Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1DG
(Formerly Clive Christian of Tunbridge Wells)