Traditional baker’s closes high street shop

BONNETTS the Baker, one of the oldest-established independent businesses in Britain, has closed its shop in Huntingdon High Street. Bonnetts, which had seven branches in Cambridgeshire, started in Somersham in 1803 and still bakes bread there, close to it

BONNETTS the Baker, one of the oldest-established independent businesses in Britain, has closed its shop in Huntingdon High Street.

Bonnetts, which had seven branches in Cambridgeshire, started in Somersham in 1803 and still bakes bread there, close to its original site.

Other shops, which are bakers and teashops, opened in Crown Street, St Ives, The Great Whyte, Ramsey, and the high streets in Chatteris, Earith, and Warboys.

Earlier this year, staff at the Huntingdon shop were told that the branch was to close because of falling trade.

As a baker's, Bonnetts' cakes and bread are in competition with mass produced goods from supermarkets, and the teashops have to compete with fast-food outlets.