Robinsons is a family run bakery based in Failsworth, Manchester. Our bakery in Failsworth was opened 8th January 1954 (David's birthday!) after a move from Rochdale Road in Harpurhey due to compulsory purchase by the late Arthur Robinson and his wife Joyce. On 1st April 1981 David and his mum and dad opened our second store on Nuthurst Rd, New Moston.
David Robinson is the big boss. Managing Director, baker, sales executive,delivery person, accountant etc! David was first put in the giant bread mixing bowl by his dad Arthur when he was 7 years old at the Rochdale Road bakery in thedays when the ovens were coke fired & Arthur had to light the fire every Sunday for the weeks baking. After leaving school in 1971 David studied at Hollings College, or the Toast Rack as it was known, being classically trained as a baker and confectioner. He also attended Salford College, getting a flavour of continental confectionery from Helmut Proff, a renowned bakery teacher. David worked for Spillers as a trainee manager and it was during this time he developed his dislike for factory production methods. So off he went to the Cheshire countryside to work at Chatwins in Nantwich, where some of the finest cakes in the country were made. Over the years David has toured Europe to enhance his confectionery skills, and is more passionate today than ever in preserving the traditional methods required to produce quality products.
Sue Robinson is the Mummy of the bakery. As a director of the Robinsons, Sue is chief of the shop and knows most of our customers personally. We think our personal connection with our customers is one of the reasons they keep on coming back, as well as the quality and selection of our products! Sue's main area is buffets. She spends alot of time during the day freshly preparing buffets for a verity of customers. Sue even grows seasonal produce to use on our buffets such as tomatoes, basil, rocket and lettuce. Sue is everyone's mummy.
Grace Robinson is chief baker. Grace makes all of the doughs from scratch every day and moulds them by hand into every loaf and muffin you see in our shop. All of our bread, pastry, and scones are made using traditional methods and secret Robinson recipes that have been passed down the six generations.
Karen Shivas is our confectioner. Karen joined the Robinsons team before any of the girls were even born - way back in 1978 after she had finished training at Salford College. Karen makes all of our cakes from beginning to end, including our wonderful celebration cakes.