MARK HUBBARD has baked his last bread at the Spinning Wheel in Midhurst.
He has been baking there for 13 years and for ten of them he owned the business, but then sold to Peter and Kath Davies who own Caffe Verdi across the road.
The couple have now sold the business to The Granary in Haslemere. There will no longer be any baking on the premises and The Granary has made Mark redundant.
It has not been a good start to the year for Mark, who hit the headlines when he had two much-loved dogs stolen.
But he said: “I am still smiling and I have no hard feelings towards Pete and Kath. I have always got along with them and I will probably be doing a bit of baking for them at the cafe from time to time.”
He said he currently did not have work, but would be helping his father, Kevin Hubbard, the game farmer at Lynchmere, in the meantime.
“Baking has been my life, I am going to miss the business. I had wanted to be a baker since I was knee high and I would like to say thank you to all my customers for their loyal support over the years.”
Mark baked his last bread at the Spinning Wheel on Friday. The business closed on Saturday and reopened on Monday with a new name above the door. All the baking will be done at The Granary’s Haslemere shop.
The Davies bought The Spinning Wheel from Mark three years ago, then situated on the opposite side of the road, and moved it into the former Three Cooks bakery. Mark carried on baking there as manager.
“I am quite grateful to them. I had debts, not a great deal, but more than I could handle and they came in, helped me out and took the worry off my hands.”
Pete Davies said: “The Granary are a proven bakery operation, have a wealth of experience. They are expanding their business and wanted a high-street operation in Midhurst. We have greatly enjoyed operating the bakery over the past three years or so and will miss the staff, including the bakers Mark and Darren, for whom we have great affection. We hope The Granary can build on the go