Days Bakery was founded in 1741, in Ashwell and must be one of the oldest remaining bakeries in the country. It was run by family members throughout its long existence and prided itself on quality, very much a village bakery. The business has continued through the generations and Howard Day took over in 1953, after surviving two plane crashes in the Fleet air arm, during the Second World War. Howard was all about high quality and expanding the business. In his later years he became very ill, and was forced to sell the business to Nick Dorrington and his brother James in 1996. Howard was a great support in the last year of his life to Nick in passing on his family business and enjoyed handing on all his personal recipes which many are used to this day, our current manager Clive Draper was trained by Howard Day.
We have continued to expand the business to 11 shops, introducing our 'food to go', which is now a big part of the business. In the last two years, Days has been creating its artisan section, led by George Dorrington, the next generation.
The team at Day's have now created their next idea, and have acquired the village shop in Great Chesterford, and have turned a traditional bakery into 'Day's Food Hall' including a cafe, bakery and deli, with all your essentials and more - a great shopping experience.