Undercutting Amazon . . .

Managed to circumvent Amazon with a short run of Hardbacks I can sell myself. Turns out I can undercut Amazon…

Recipe book is finished!

I’m pretty certain everyone has got far more important things to be thinking about at the moment, so please excuse…

Start up attitude

We’re back in start up mode. Fitting out a new unit always seems to start with freezing cold hands so…

Even more nice emails

What can I say, the best vegan selection of cakes in the city, the best bread in city. A bakery…

More nice emails

Dear Mike & NatalieThe news that we will no longer be able to eat your delicious bread every day, and…

Nice emails

Dear both, I’ve just seen the news on Google…turns out it is useful on occasion! I wanted to wish you well…

Compassion & Love

We’re tidying up a few things this week before our delayed holiday finally kicks off. Thank you for your donations…

Trip Advisor love

Owners of hospitality businesses have a love-hate relationship with Trip Advisor. It’s great when you get great reviews but a…

Rolling stones

When we moved our business and entire life to Norwich in 2016 people thought we were mad. We had a…

Christmas Opening Hours

Based on last year’s orders a lot of you love fresh bread for the festive period, so we’ve decided to…

New November Menu

Firstly a big thank you to all our loyal customers who have stuck with us during our change in opening…

New Autumn Menu

Click here for our new Autumn menu A couple of tweaks again as we head into Autumn. A welcome return…

Toastie love from Chelsea

Even though Norwich City didn’t win today, we had a very nice mention by Chelsea fan and vlogger George Benson…

Open again Tues 2nd July

Just a quick reminder that we’re back open again on Tuesday as normal from 8am. Don’t you dare buy that…

Trip Advisor Love

A huge thank you to everyone posting lovely comments on our Trip Advisor page. We’ve found that a lot of…

Pina Colada cake

We’re still pretending June is only 3 weeks away here at Timberhill Bakery. It’s not quite grass skirts and suncream…

Coffee Props

Lovely mention in the EDP recently with an article on the best 7 places for coffee in Norwich

Kiwi and Lime 2.0

Can bakers learn anything from software engineers? We love the approach of continual improvement personified by software engineers. Everything can…

April Menu

A few tweaks to the menu his month starting with the Smashed Pea, Feta and Mint Tartine. It was a…

The platters that matter

If sometimes you don’t want to cook but you’re also trying to stay off the ready meals and takeaways, you…

Thanks for giving

You can tell a lot about a place by the charity box they choose to put near the till. Ours…

March Menu

It’s typically a bit quieter at this time of the year but there’s still plenty to keep us busy. We’ve…

Taste of California

People do nice things when you admire their work. I tasted this knockout loaf cake at a lovely coffee shop…

Re-opening Tues 29th Jan

We’re back in the swing of things again already and open again Tuesday 29th January after our belated Christmas holiday.…

Open again Wednesday 2nd Jan

Just a quick reminder that we’re back to our normal opening hours from tomorrow. Looking forward to see you all!

Christmas Eve orders

…need to be into us by Saturday 22nd at the latest please. Those of you who know the sourdough process…

Spicy gingerbread

The school of thought which says “develop a product to appeal to the most people” never really works. It inevitably…

Carrot & Orange

Anything we can do to make things taste great without adding loads of sugar are big with us. This muffin…

December Menu

We don’t go overboard on Christmas but the new December menu has a sprinkling of Christmassy things to keep it festive.…

Ordering bread for Xmas

On our first Christmas Eve in Norwich we had customers queueing outside the door at 7am whilst we furiously loaded…

Christmas Opening Hours

Although we’re normally closed on Mondays we’ve decided to open on Christmas Eve this year to make sure everyone has…

Stress test

A big thank you to all customers for your patience over the last few weeks. We try to focus as…

The sweet spot

Sugar is a bit like sunbathing, wine and spending time on the internet. Just because some is good, it doesn’t…

Bakery Blackjack

I’m sure compulsive gamblers would love the bakery game. Before we start each week we have to gamble on whether…

September Menu

To see our new menu click here Autumn As soon as the weather changed we started being asked “when’s the…

A soup story

Back in 2010 we were up against it. After setting up in 2007, our organic pies business had a promising…

Kiwi, Lime and Matcha

The last of our Summer Collection is ready for you to enjoy. Lots of fresh organic Kiwis with a kick…

August Menu

Three new Summer Cakes, new Smashed Pea, Feta and Mint Tartine, new summery drinks, new Chocolate Brioche Buns and new…

Well done Archers Butchers

A big part of the success of our free-range meat toasties is the quality of the meat we source. Our…

Sharpening the saw

I used to work with a guy called Joe Garner. Joe was a young executive in a big retail business.…

April Menu

Click here for our new menu. Sweet products get their turn for some attention this month. Two of our best-selling…

Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

I read this article the other day which said that if you really want to make sure you achieve something,…

BBC Good Food

Lots of new faces in last week, in one of our busiest weeks ever. The power of the press or…

Nice little mentions…

… in this month’s BBC Good Food Magazine in a feature on Norwich …. in a lovely food blog ….…

Every snowy cloud

Lovely article in the EDP this week, thank you Charlotte. It brought some new faces into the bakery in a…

February Menu

To see our new February menu click here We get asked for Bacon a lot but don’t sell it. We…

In this part of the bakery there are 4 small rawlplugs in the floor which don’t seem to serve a…

January Menu

Thanks to all our lovely customers for the huge support over a record Christmas period. No rest for the wicked…

Christmas Menu

Our New Christmas Menu is now live including this Organic Stilton & Apple Tartine with fig chutney and roasted walnuts.…

Autumn Menu

Our new Autumn menu is here. We now offer Soup & Sourdough: our own hearty soups made here from scratch,…

Obsession

We’re back open again after our short break. Interesting to be a customer for a week and see things from…

Daily Grind

Secrets to great coffee #1 The grinder is more important than the espresso machine. The world’s best grinder is the…

Join the team

We are currently expanding the Kitchen Crew Job Title:                     Bakery Cook Hours:                          Part Time approx 16-20 hours, (more hours…

Rediscover Bread

Bringing back real bread We’ve been eating bread in some shape or form for over 10,000 years. In the last…

Brand new old fashioned

We’re a new kind of old bakery. We make bread from scratch every day, by hand, from real, natural ingredients. We combine…

It’s nice to get nice reviews

“Just stunningly good bread” Yesterday Reviewed by hungrygremlin 5 of 5 stars If we lived on the Clanger’s Little Blue…

Timberhill Bread Range

Everyday Country Sourdough ½ Kg £2.75 Keeps 3-5 days A blend of white, stoneground wholemeal and rye flour. Soft, light, open…

April Menu

Our March/ early April Menu now features an even larger Sourdough Toastie menu, 2 new cakes, another new sourdough loaf and new Soups…

The truth about gluten

You wouldn’t eat raw meat and say you were meat intolerant would you? We wait for fruit to ripen. We…

Finishing touches

Paper is off the windows. Lots of people cupping their hands on the glass looking in. Test bakes and team…

Cafe coming together

Behind the newspapers the cafe area of the bakery is really taking shape. The furniture is all in and looks…

Central heating

A couple of the tradesmen have pointed out the lack of heating on the powerpoint plans. “Have you forgotten heating?…

Good neighbours

Truly amazing bread requires an oven with lots of steam. This is one of the tools of the trade that…

Oven in its new home

Our oven has been in storage at Mono equipment in Swansea since leaving Bridgend awaiting a new home. Yesterday, once…

No going back

So the materials have started arriving in surprisingly large quantities. Clive and Mark have started building the stud walls. Hope…

Drain drama

One of the things we definitely got right in Bridgend was installing a drain in the floor. They had one…

Work starts on site

Oh yes, the other thing we didn’t have enough money for was painters. Or proper painting gear. I knew those…

How hard can it be?

It’s been more than a stretch for us to afford our new bakery. One of the things we had to…

Man plans, God laughs

For the people who still check in from time to time, apologies for the lack of updates. Essentially re-starting our…

Fortune favours the brave

This is what will become our new bakery in Timber Hill, Norwich. It’s an amazing space with an industrial, minimal…

Saying goodbye to Bridgend

There’s something very sad about a previously bustling factory being stripped out. They always look grubbier and darker somehow. And…

Gone but not forgotten

Hi Tortoise I've been buying your bread for years, most latterly from the shop in Ogmore by Sea where Julie…

Gone but not forgotten

Dear Mike and Natalie,   I just heard that you were closing. I am gutted–not just because I thought your bread…

Last bake in Bridgend

Up against it for Cowbridge Food Festival. The last bake was blazing. Perfectly proved and absolutely delicious. That made me…

How to eat an elephant

After years of longing to work for yourself, if, and when, it finally happens you might find that on occasion,…

Cowbridge Food Festival

A big thank you to all our loyal customers for making our last food festival so special. It was heart…

Love from Jane & Chris

Dear Natalie and Mike Thanks you both so much for supplying us with your marvellous bread over the years.  We…

Love from Jackie

Subject: Arrrrhhhh! You're closing! Hello TortoisebakeryIm sad you are closing.  Have only just found you via Whole Foods Canterbury.  Loved…

Love from Moira

Hi Natalie, Thank you for supplying us with some 'real bread' which up until three weeks ago when we received…

Love from Chris

hello natalie … yes … very sad indeed that its the final order … i remember vividly the day i…

Love from Andrew & Denise

Hi Natalie You don’t know me very well but you will know Denise who, unfortunately, was unable to come with…

Love from Amy & Owen

Oh no!!!!!! I'm sorry you have to close I guess that would have been a really tough decision and I…

Love from Mel

Hi Natalie Thanks for our final 4 loaves of your lovely bread today – I can't believe that I got…

Love from Jeremy

I was very sorry to hear that you are closing but was pleased to read today on your site that…

Love from Christine

Natalie, Please can I order for collection from Usk  Farmers Market on Saturday: I would have liked to have stocked up…

Love from Claudia

Hi Natalie We are devastated! Actually I am lost for words and extremely sad to hear that you have made…

Love from Andrew

Hi Natalie Just a note to express our sadness here on hearing your decision to relocate the Tortoise business. It's…

Love from Louise

For our customers and us this is sad news. We have been in business 25 years and never before had…