John Stephen Penn, son of Emma Penn. Emma was my great great grandmother and started her bakery around 1849 in West Grimstead, Wiltshire
The Honest Loaf - a social enterprise - is owned and run by fifth generation baker Graham Penn who is passionate about sourdough bread and rekindling the lost traditions of our baking ancestors.
The bakery was set up to provide great tasting, organic sourdough bread made with simple ingredients for the local community to enjoy, and create local employment opportunities.
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Learn more about The Honest Loaf in this short audio interview
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In June 2014, The Honest Loaf sold its first sourdough loaf made from our home-based bakery in Shooters Hill, London SE18. Since then the business flourished, driving the need to find larger premises.
At the end of January 2015, The Honest Loaf formed a partnership with Charlton Manor Primary School, London SE7 and moved production into the school’s commercial kitchen. This allowed the Honest Loaf to increase it capacity to over 60 handmade loaves a day, utilising space and equipment out of school hours.
We’re a certified social enterprise and a member of the national trade body, Social Enterprise UK.
We are one of more than 70,000 social enterprises across Britain tackling social and environmental problems. Free of shareholders, social enterprises choose to plough their profits back into the business to deliver on their social or environmental mission, which might be getting homeless people off the streets and into work, or reducing the amount of waste that goes into landfill.
We’re a certified social enterprise and a member of the national trade body,
Social Enterprise UK.