Combining the Darvell family history, the best bakers and a wealth of knowledge

Combining the Darvell family history, the best bakers and a wealth of knowledge

Darvell and Sons philosophy

 

Our philosophy is as simple as the recipes that have been handed down through generations. We always use the finest flours, salt and the best ingredients available because we believe that excellent bread really does rely upon the finest ingredients and time-honoured methods of production.

We value honesty and simplicity. All of our breads are baked to be eaten fresh and everything that we make is hand crafted, hand decorated and baked on site.

Six days a week our team of bakers work through the night so that our fleet of vans can leave the bakery in Chesham long before the birds have started tweeting. We reliably deliver to hotels, schools, deli’s, cafes and pubs all over Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Our High Street shop sells cakes, pastries and bread baked fresh from the oven. We make delicious sandwiches to order and offer a hot take away lunch option every day, from French onion soup to fiery chili con carne.

We aim to always provide our customers with proper, honest bread and the very best cakes and treats.

Our mission

 

It is always our aim to provide our valued customers with properly made, honest bread and the very best cakes and sweet treats. We work really hard as a family to meet the specific requirements of our long standing, highly valued customers and strive to continue our good relationship with all of our customers, both trade and individual.

We like to champion local suppliers and in our shop we sell a range of locally sourced and produced items such as honey, jams, pickles and preserves. We also sell local free range eggs.  We aim to increase these local offerings where possible so if you’re a local supplier with excellent produce to sell, contact us!

We are very proud to be a community bakery and aim to continue to serve our local community with the same authentic produce we’ve made to the highest standards for the last 175 years.

Meet the team

Darvell Family

Current Guardians

The 5th and 6th generations in the line of Darvell guardians working together in perfect harmony.

Marc Darvell

Baker

Marc taking another batch of beetroot loaves from the oven.

Jonathan Darvell

Baker

Jonathan hard at work on the early morning shift.

Ernst

Confectioner

A local Chesham face with an excellent culinary background, lovingly making high class fresh cream goods.

Paul

Morning Goods

Paul, burning the midnight oil so that our customers can have perfect golden baps every day.

Early Morning Bakers

Bakers

Another father and son who are part of the team at the bakery.

Night Bakers

Bakers

Whilst you are sleeping our trusty team of night bakers are working  through the night.

The Ladies

Shop Girls

On their feet all day, ready to serve.

Our history

175 years ago in 1838 William and Sarah Darvell established the origins of the business at 14 Church Street, Chesham. The little shop prospered and in due time their son George entered the business and succeeded to control. In 1906 he opened a branch shop at 28 High Street, Chesham.

Within five years the main trading centre of Chesham had become concentrated in the High Street and as a consequence, in 1911 it was decided to close the Church Street premises and enlarge those in High Street. This was effected by moving to No.30 next door so that a bakery could be erected at the rear. These same premises are still in use today but greatly modernised and improved.

In 1913 George passed control of the business into the capable hands of his son Joseph who oversaw the opening of a branch shop in Amersham in 1916.

In 1919 Joseph had the shop frontage modernised, which at the time represented the very latest in shop front design.

In 1959 another modernisation development saw the expansion to the premises to include 28-30 High Street.

1988 saw control of the bakery pass to his grandson David and his wife Susan. In 1991 and 1993 respectively, their two sons Marc and Jonathan joined the family business to become 5th generation guardians of the family business.

Today, David, Marc and Jonathan work hard to maintain the high quality that the bakery is known for and strive to introduce new products from around the world to complement their traditional products.

All our breads and cakes are still made by hand with the highest quality ingredients at the premises at the High Street in Chesham.

SHOP LOCATIONS

CHESHAM

28-30 High Street Chesham HP5 1EP

BERKHAMSTED

102 High Street Berkhamsted HP4 2BL

TELEPHONE NUMBERS

CHESHAM 01494 774974

BERKHAMSTED 01442 877688

WHOLESALE 01494 794305

OPENING HOURS

CHESHAM

Monday-Saturday 08:30-16:00

BERKHAMSTED

Monday-Saturday 08:30-16:00

SHOP LOCATIONS

CHESHAM

28-30 High Street Chesham HP5 1EP

BERKHAMSTED

102 High Street Berkhamsted HP4 2BL

TELEPHONE NUMBERS

CHESHAM 01494 774974

BERKHAMSTED 01442 877688

WHOLESALE 01494 794305

OPENING HOURS

CHESHAM

Monday-Saturday 08:30-16:00

BERKHAMSTED

Monday-Saturday 08:30-16:00

SHOP LOCATIONS

CHESHAM

28-30 High Street Chesham HP5 1EP

BERKHAMSTED

102 High Street Berkhamsted HP4 2BL

TELEPHONE NUMBERS

CHESHAM 01494 774974

BERKHAMSTED 01442 877688

WHOLESALE 01494 794305

OPENING HOURS

CHESHAM

Monday-Saturday 08:30-16:00

BERKHAMSTED

Monday-Saturday 08:30-16:00

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