In 2013 Rebecca Bishop founded the Two Magpies Bakery in a beautiful Edwardian glass-fronted shop in Southwold, Suffolk. The shop set about converting this corner of England to the joys of long-fermented sourdough bread, exquisitely glazed cakes and indulgent pastries. Just a year after opening, the bakery was shortlisted for the Observer Food Monthly Awards, and since then, branches have opened in Darsham, Aldeburgh and Woodbridge (Suffolk) and Norwich, Blakeney and Holt (Norfolk) with plans for further expansion in the near future.
Before opening the Southwold business Rebecca worked as an art teacher in Hertfordshire, baking bread and developing recipes in her spare time. After a short bread-baking course at The School of Artisan Food in Welbeck, Nottinghamshire she embarked on a search for the perfect place to set up the bakery of her dreams, finally settling on Southwold.
Rebecca has won ‘Gold’ at the ‘World Bread Awards’ in 2014 and 2015 and is a keen promoter of the Real Bread Campaign. She also enjoys teaching at her bakery school at the Darsham site and has given demonstrations at Latitude Festival and the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival.
Rebecca is currently working on her first book which will invite the reader to bring to life the atmosphere of a professional bakery. It will document Rebecca’s journey from home baker to successful business owner, interspersing stories of bakery life with recipes, detailed step by step photos and baking tips gleaned from years of experience. THE TWO MAGPIES BAKERY COOKBOOK will be published by Headline Home in 2023.
“Two Magpies Bakery is the greatest thing to happen to Suffolk this decade. Rebecca and her team make the greatest bread, the most wholesome but imaginative cakes, and have a mission to use local ingredients which inspire game changing results. Hers is the only shop I will happily queue in. And I’ll be doing the same at the bookshop when her recipes are finally published.”
Rebecca has three grown up children and lives in a beautiful Suffolk village just a stone’s throw from Southwold.