Pennington’s Bakery and Sandwiches: Six years of business success

Photo Neil Cross'workplace feature.'Pennington's Bakery, Bamber Bridge'Barbara Butterworth
Photo Neil Cross'workplace feature.'Pennington's Bakery, Bamber Bridge'Barbara Butterworth
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A sandwich shop is proving so popular, bosses have sold more than 700lb of sausages in a month.

Pennington’s Bakery and Sandwiches, based in Walton-le-Dale with a second shop in Bamber Bridge, specialises in home-made pies, sandwiches and outside catering.

Photo Neil Cross'workplace feature.'Pennington's Bakery, Bamber Bridge'Paul Addison of Paul's Pies

Photo Neil Cross'workplace feature.'Pennington's Bakery, Bamber Bridge'Paul Addison of Paul's Pies

And workers say the atmosphere and friendly customers mean they wouldn’t work anywhere else.

Owner Mark Pennington started the business six years ago in Chorley Road, Walton-le-Dale, and bought a second premises in 2013.

Mark, 56, says: “We do a full range of buffets and outside catering and just really good big sandwiches.

“I’ve been a chef for 45 years and I decided I’d had enough.

Photo Neil Cross'workplace feature.'Pennington's Bakery, Bamber Bridge'Cynthia Mitchell

Photo Neil Cross'workplace feature.'Pennington's Bakery, Bamber Bridge'Cynthia Mitchell

“I have worked all over the country and decided it was time to do something for myself.”

Mark, who lives in Walton-le-Dale, says: “I started as a chef the day I left school.

“It’s for myself now. Gone are the 80 to 90-hour weeks for someone else.

“I enjoy working for myself.

“The shops are that busy, the food turnover is phenomenal.

“Everything is so fresh because it shoots out of the door.

“Last month we spent nearly £2,500 on sausages, which works out at about 700lb in weight.”

Bamber Bridge supervisor Barbara Butterworth, 59, has worked at the shop since it opened two years ago.

She says: “I work in the kitchen, in the shop, I do everything really.

“At the other shop we have somebody who makes our pies, called Paul Addison, and all our pies are home made.

“We call him Paul the Pie Man.

“We do buffets – business buffets, christenings, weddings, parties. We do a special every day and we do home made soups, and all our sandwiches are made to order.

“We do lots of hot deli sandwiches, we do one that’s a Christmas butty, but we do it all year round because it’s so popular.

“It’s turkey, bacon, sausage, sage and onion stuffing, cranberry sauce and a drop of gravy and it’s served in a fresh baton.”

Barbara says her favourite aspect of the job is the friendliness of the staff and customers.

She says: “We are busy but it’s a really nice atmosphere and the customers have been coming in this shop since it opened.”

Daniel Thompson, 34, is a chef and manager at the Walton-le-Dale shop.

He says: “I get to meet new customers and I get to show my creative skills off, designing new meals.

“It is a good team and we all get on well, and there are no two days the same.”