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Food: Stellar start for Newmarket's new bakery




Losing his head chef job at the start of lockdown, Newmarket's Ben Cockhill decided it was time to realise a long-held dream - opening his own bakery

Ben Cockhill, brains behind new Newmarket bakery Stellar (42875546)
Ben Cockhill, brains behind new Newmarket bakery Stellar (42875546)

Offering freshly made cakes, pastries and every kind of bread - the rosemary-topped focaccia is a particular winner - a new bakery has opened in Newmarket and business is already booming.

Based at the town’s National Horseracing Museum, within the historic stable yard which was once home to Charles II’s horses, The Bakery by Stellar Catering is the brainchild of chef Ben Cockhill. The 29-year-old has been in the business for 12 years and worked at the Tack Room restaurant, just across the yard from Stellar, until Covid made his job redundant.

Knowing the unit was free and having long wanted to run his own business, Ben launched the bakery with partner Stephanie, who helps out with admin, in time for the museum’s reopening in July and has already hired two trainee bakers to help keep up with demand.

“Last Saturday we had queues outside the door at eight in the morning,” he says. “People love the idea of picking up freshly baked bread, savories and cakes.”

Coming up with the name Stellar by merging Stephanie’s name with those of their three children, Ella, Rebecca and baby Alexander, not yet a year old, Ben is offering a wide range of bakery boxes, either for click-and-collect or free direct delivery within five miles of Newmarket. From mixed ‘family boxes’, containing your choice of rolls, focaccias, cookies and classic drizzle cakes, to a ‘chocolate lover’s’ selection, packed with brownies, cookies, cake, choc-chip brioche and Nutella pin-wheels, they’re proving a hit.

“Customers have told their friends and they have told their friends. . .” says Ben. “Business is booming.”

The Bakery by Stellar Catering is at Palace House, Palace Street, Newmarket and stellarcatering.co.uk



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