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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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