Meet The North Staffordshire Bagel Baking Mum

Husband and wife duo Luke and Caroline Staton joined the rest of the nation baking bread during lockdown – which has evolved into a successful business.

The couple met in the hospitality industry when they were both working at Keele Hall, but never expected to find themselves selling baked goods from their home kitchen.

In April, the pair were furloughed from their jobs, so chef Luke decided to try his hand at bagels, with Caroline acting as chief taste tester.

But when Luke returned to work and Caroline was made redundant – Caroline had to quickly learn how to make the bagels their community had grown to love.

The 30-year-old mum-of-twins, from Leek, said: “One day Luke decided he wanted to make bagels – he’s really creative and often comes up with cool ideas and I get to eat it.

“I put pictures of them on my personal Facebook and lots of people said we should sell them. Food has always been a bit of a passion for us and we thought it would be great to have our own business.

“Within two weeks of the first bagel being baked, we launched Holy Bread.”

Holy Bread borrowed the kitchen in The Old Mill before renting their own mixer and oven at home.

Now Caroline creates hundreds of bagels and buns a week from her home, and delivers them to cafes and pubs across Staffordshire and Cheshire, such as The Old Mill, in Leek, and Wild and Wild, in Congleton.