New city centre bakery and café to open next month

Some of the fresh bread already served at the Arras Restaurant in York. Photograph: Arras on Facebook
10 Feb 2020 @ 6.55 pm
| Food & drink

The unbeatable smell of freshly-baked bread will soon return to York city centre.

A brand new bakery is set to open on Goodramgate in early March.

Little Arras, located in the former La Cremeria Grande ice cream parlour, is a sister business to the Arras restaurant found on Peasholme Green.
It will be the only bakery in the centre of York producing and baking breads on site, following the closure of Pinder & Scott on Shambles last June.

Some of the produce will go to the wholesale market, but most will be sold to customers who love freshly baked bread and cakes.

Significant investment

A new look for the shop on Goodramgate. Photograph: Richard McDougall
Adam and Lovaine Humphrey started their original Arras restaurant in Sydney, Australia, before bringing the concept to York a few years ago.

In Oz they also ran Arras Too, an offshoot hole-in-the-wall bakery. Now Adam and Lovaine have made a “significant investment” in a bakery for York.

Adam told YorkMix:

  • We had a little bakery on the side of our restaurant in Sydney, Australia so it felt right to continue that in York once we got Arras established here.

    We want to give people the opportunity of buying more quality daily bread and other baked goods when they’re in the centre of York and Little Arras will offer that.

    We will bake on site with locally grown and milked flours.

He said Little Arras would sell sourdough and slow-fermented breads, viennoiserie, cakes and tarts. “In time we’ll progress to selling the Arras petit fours to take away also.”

The new bakery is set to create around 12 jobs, both full time and part time. It will open from Tuesday to Saturday from 8am until 5pm, or until sold out.

Adam added: “There will be an option for people to sit down and have a coffee and a cake, but we are predominantly a retail bakery with a select few wholesale clients.”