Kennedy and Rhind set up shop in Jesmond

A NORTH EAST artisan bakery is “rolling” out – as it opens the doors of a new shop and café.

Kennedy and Rhind has gone from strength to strength since its launch in August, with its creative takes on classic recipes winning over customers at its weekly sale at The Beacon, at Newcastle’s Westgate Road. 

And, to meet the growing demand for their products, chefs David Kennedy and Murray Rhind have opened a shop at the former Cal’s Own premises at Jesmond’s Holly Avenue West, which will sell a wide selection of their signature bakes.

The new venue, which is also called Kennedy and Rhind, will officially open today (5 November) as a shop, before expanding to a café after 2 December to serve a variety of light meals, drinks and snacks.

While the bakery will also offer a frequently changing selection, customers can expect options like shin of beef pie with root vegetables, horseradish and thyme, sourdough, focaccia, Portuguese tarts and Danish pastries with roasted pineapple, black pepper and custard.

David Kennedy believes the new space holds huge potential for the business.

“We’re incredibly lucky to have been inundated with interest from the moment we launched the brand, so it’s brilliant to be in the position to move into a retail space just a few months after opening,” said David. 

“We want the new shop to be a continuation of our work at The Beacon, with an expanded menu which will give us the opportunity to try out some new recipes and flavours. 

“We’re delighted to be moving into a fantastic, central location and we’re already looking to the next step, with some big plans for the shop once we’ve settled in.” 

Along with indoor and outdoor seating, the venue has a large upstairs space which the pair plan to use for various food events in the future. 

Kennedy and Rhind is open from 10am to 5pm, Thursday to Saturday, with plans to launch an expanded takeaway service in the coming months.

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