Tom’s Cakes, St Ives
Tom is from a baking dynasty, with the family opening their first bakery in 1803. Beginning his apprenticeship in the family business, Tom then travelled the world learning his trade before starting his own venture.
Every cake and biscuit they sell is handmade in small batches using natural ingredients from scratch in their Cambridgeshire bakery. Eggs are free-range and sourced from local farms, the flour is milled in Essex, and the vegetables come from the Fens. Fruit is also from local farmers and their lavender from Norfolk.
Tom likes to follow the seasons, so expect delights such as a summer lavender cake or an autumn Bramley apple and cinnamon cake depending on when you visit.
They take their coffee seriously, working with renowned Monmouth Coffee Company who also train their baristas. Local business Kandula Tea from Wilburton supply their tea.
By Philip Seaman, Cambridgeshire editor