Sandbach Expansion and Refit

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Sandbach Expansion and Refit

Our Sandbach shop is now open after it's expansion and refit. We started work on the property next door in January and closed our existing shop on 4th Feb to finish the refit. After just three weeks of hard work, the shop reopened to lots of positive comments from old and new customers.

The whole shop has been refreshed with the new grey and green branding and there's now a cafe inside so you can sit and enjoy a drink with a range of food from cooked breakfasts to one of our delicious cakes. The shop is fully accessible with a disabled toilet and as well as being open 8 - 5 Monday to Saturday, we are now open Sundays 9 - 4.

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Sourdough at Chatwins

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Sourdough at Chatwins

Did you know that we sell sourdough bread? Our sourdough is currently available at our Square shop in Nantwich on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. 

What Is Sourdough?

Most modern loaves are made with bakers yeast. Sourdough goes back to the origins of bread making when bakers yeast didn't exist. Instead, naturally occurring yeast is used to make the dough rise. It begins with a 'starter', a mix of flour and water which is left to ferment. It takes time and a lot of patience but is very rewarding.

We make our sourdough using local flour from 'Walk Mill' in Cheshire. The stone ground flour gives the bread a unique flavour and tasty crust and because it's local flour, there's less food miles involved.

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What's so great about it?

There are loads of things that are great about sourdough. It has a slow fermentation process which gives it a distinctive tangy flavour, open texture and flavoursome crust. Sourdough has lactic acids that make the vitamins already in the loaf more readily available to the body. They also slow down the release of glucose into the blood stream. Terry Graham, a Canadian professor, led a study into the effects of bread on insulin levels, carbohydrate metabolism and blood sugar. His team discovered that breads with a long fermentation process using natural yeasts resulted in the bread being digested more slowly, producing a smaller spike in blood sugar levels. 

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The Perfect Slice of Toast

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The Perfect Slice of Toast

Thursday 23rd February is National Toast Day and whether you like butter, jam or eggs on your toast, there's no denying we are a nation of toast lovers. In fact, 94.2 million slices are eaten every day! 

But how do you make the perfect slice of toast? Experts say that it should be evenly toasted all over and have the look of builders tea.

Bread should be a medium thickness. Too thin and it will be too crispy, too thick and it won't toast in the middle. The bread should be stored in a bread bin at room temperature and you should wait 17 seconds before adding butter to stop the toast becoming soggy.

If you want to get even more scientific about it, follow Dr Dom Lane's example. He went through 2000 slices of toast to determine the perfect formula for toasting. He found that 14mm is the ultimate thickness for the bread. Pop it into a 900w microwave, turn the dial to 'number five out of six' and toast for 216 seconds. Then spread the toast with 0.44g butter per square inch.

Now add your favourite toppings. If you're going to use a knife and fork (for toppings like beans) keep the slices whole. For spreads, cut into two triangles.

What are your favourite things to eat on toast?

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Best place for a "Blacon" Bap

Looking for a freshly cooked breakfast roll to kick start the day? Then look no further tan our new shop at 11 The Parade, Blacon, Chester. Open from 7:30 a.m. (Mon-Fri) we have the a full breakfast menu available to take out or to sit in at our relaxed coffee shop. We also have our award winning cake and savoury items, and have introduced our hot roast carvery baps to compliment our delicious made to order sandwiches. Whether it is breakfast, lunch or an afternoon cup of tea, we have something for you to enjoy.

Looking for a freshly cooked breakfast roll to kick start the day? Then look no further tan our new shop at 11 The Parade, Blacon, Chester. Open from 7:30 a.m. (Mon-Fri) we have the a full breakfast menu available to take out or to sit in at our relaxed coffee shop.

We also have our award winning cake and savoury items, and have introduced our hot roast carvery baps to compliment our delicious made to order sandwiches.

Whether it is breakfast, lunch or an afternoon cup of tea, we have something for you to enjoy.

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Work starts at our Historic Chester shop.

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Work starts at our Historic Chester shop.

Work has finally begun on our flagship Northgate St shop in the centre of the Historic City of Chester. To celebrate our 10th anniversary in the city, a complete refurbishment of the timber framed Grade II* listed building is now in full swing.

Our Tearooms on the first floor is now closed, but the shop is operating as normal until the 30th January, when we will be closing for approximately 3 weeks...assuming no Roman ruins are discovered in our medieval cellar!

We apologise for any inconvience caused while work is being carried out, and we are all excited to show you the finished results when we reopen towards the end of February. 

 

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Shop Proves Christmas Cracker in Congleton

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Shop Proves Christmas Cracker in Congleton

Our Congleton has undergone a major transformation as part of our rebrand across our 21 shops in Cheshire, Staffordshire and North Wales.
 
The project included tearing out the old shop frontage which has been a familiar site in the heart of Congleton for more than 30 years.
 
Builders worked flat out over two weeks on the face-lift which has replaced the old blue and white branding for a contemporary slate grey, black and lime green theme.
 
Staff chipped in on the scheme in the race for its opening  – and were delighted to be greeted by a queue of customers at 8am.
 
Owner Edward Chatwin said: “Our Congleton shop is one of the oldest in our portfolio and has a loyal following. Local people have shown a genuine interest in the works asking about when we were going to re-open.
 
“With Christmas fast approaching, and orders already in for festive pies and puddings, we had to work fast and often through the night.
 
“But the response has been terrific and we would like to say a big thank-you to customers for their patience and to traders for any disruption the works may have caused.”
 
The shop offers traditional Chatwins bakery products as well as a new hot roast carvery, salad bar, hot drinks and sandwiches made to order.
 
Its manned by five people drawn from the local area, including three new members of staff adding to the 300 already employed by the firm.
 
Father-of-three Edward: “As part of the rebrand some under-performing shops have closed but our Congleton branch has a loyal following and we can confirm we are here to stay.”
 

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Sweet treat for the Lache

Premises on Cliveden Road in Lache have undergone a £100,00 make-over to become a new base for Chatwins - adding to its stores in Hoole, Blacon, Bache and Northgate Street in the city centre.

Owner Edward Chatwin said:"The shop was empty for four years so there was a lot of work needed to bring it up to current standards.

"It's the latest in the Chatwins portfolio to carry our new branding and the response has been terrific

"For weeks people on the estate around Cliveden Road have shown genuine interest in the works, asking about when we were going to open and the products we would sell.

The shop offers traditional Chatwins bakery products as well as a hot roast carvery and sandwiches made to order.

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New Look Llangollen

Our busy shop in the tourist hotspot of Llangollen has reopened after its refit. The shop now has a fresh new look to go with the great fresh food offering.

As well as the traditional cakes and freshly baked savoury products that Chatwins is famed for, we are also offering sandwiches made to order, hot roast carvery, cooked breakfast and fresh coffee. All available to take out or eat in...so you can rest your legs after a long day walking in the hills or cycling the Horseshoe Pass.

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Hoole Shop Reopens

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What a transformation! In just over 2 weeks our Hoole shop has been brought right up to date with a modern look and refreshed menu. A huge thanks to Jackie Muir for the fabulous shop design, Frimoval for a great shopfit, and the countless other people who have helped to make it happen.

Customer reaction has exceeded our highest hopes, with the new hot roast carvery and sandwiches made to order proving a big success.  The new look seating area and improved coffee offering has meant that sales to "eat in" have more than doubled.

Don't forget, this shop is now open on Sundays.

Pictures below show the work in progress.




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February

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Work has started at our latest shop refit. Our Hoole, Chester shop will be closed until w/c 16th Feb. We look forward to welcoming you back with our new look store and improved food offering.

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January

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Good luck to our baker Craig Machin who is part of a bakery trio representing the UK at this year’s competition for the Sigep Bread in the City held at Rimini in Italy this week.

Each team is made up of two bakers and a senior team member for coaching, which this year is David Mizon, who will coach his counterparts through the competition as well as sitting on the jury.

The other baker in the team is Mickael Jahan, a French baker who runs Mickael’s Bakehouse. He previously captained the UK in the Bakery World Cup.

We wish the team well and look forward to hearing how they get on competing with some of the best bakers from across the world.

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January

To celebrate his 40th Birthday, BBC Radio Stoke Breakfast DJ, Stuart George came to Chatwins for his all important cake. Live on air, reporter John Acres assisted our Cake Decorator Dawn Dunn in making the cake, and even dared to write on the cake...not bad for a first effort.

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December

After the shop was gutted by fire in July, our Ruthin reopens on Thursday (Dec 11) after a £100,000 scheme to bring the Grade II listed building back to its former glory after a freak blaze in the summer.

On Saturday Ruthin residents can enjoy free mince pies as a thank-you from owner Edward Chatwin for standing by the business during its long spell under restoration.

A grocery shop has stood on the site for decades and Mr Chatwin has given the premises a new look with green and black signage as part of an on-going rebrand of the company which also includes shops in Chester and Holywell.

He said: “Offering free mince pies on Saturday is just a small way of saying thank-you to the lovely people of Ruthin who have been a tower of support throughout these long months of building work.

“There has been some disruption with builders and vans coming and going but local people have been great, often popping in just to say they were looking forward to seeing the shop open again.

“Instead of just restoring what was there we have gone a step further with a complete redesign.This is only the second shop in the Chatwins chain to carry the branding which was previously blue and white.

“We pledged to be back in business by Christmas and after working flat out we are thrilled to be up and running again.”

The business was bought by Chatwins, a firm of family bakers from Cheshire, in November 2013. It was doing a roaring trade until an electrical fault in one of the refrigerated counters sparked a blaze which gutted the building last July.

Mr Chatwin, a father-of-three, added: “True to Welsh tradition, Ruthin people gave us a wonderful welcome and it was terribly upsetting to see the business go up in smoke so soon after opening.

“Now that’s all in the past and we are looking forward to a bright New Year and great future in Ruthin.”

Eight people work at the shop which sells sandwiches, cakes, pasties and hot roasts.

Also included in the new design is a bright and airy café area seating 20.

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October

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October

Our new shop in Cuddington has opened for business today. This is the first of our shops to have the new branding and our improved food offering.

Customers have always appreciated the quality of our cakes and pies, but we have now extended our delicious range of foods and are offering sandwiches which are freshly made to order. To make our sandwiches as fresh and tasty as possible, we also make the sandwich fillings daily within our shop.

Should you want a something hot in your sandwich, we have the traditional breakfast offering of a bacon or sausage, and we are now offering a hot carvery. The joints of meat (Pork, Beef or Turkey) are roasted on the premises and carved in front of your eyes.

To complete the offering we have invested £10,000 in the latest coffee machine to make sure the quality of our coffee matches the quality of our food offering.

We hope you enjoy.

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