St Georges Bakehouse commenced in 1989 at 476 Portrush Road, Linden Park. I purchased the business in December 2006.
The company enjoyed significant growth over the years and in 2008 it became apparent that that we had outgrown the Linden Park location (which included the kitchen along with three bakers).
I began the search for larger premises which would comfortably accommodate the kitchen, the bakers and, in particular, provide another shopfront.
By the end of 2008 a second site was found and the bakers moved into the kitchen they desired as they were now baking for three locations. The number of bakers had grown from three to seven.
Some of our bakers have been with us for many years and have a wealth of baking experience. We have achieved something that no other bakery has done in South Australia. We had won the great Aussie meat pie competition for having the best pie in Australia. This has given us huge exposure, not only in South Australia but across the country.
The new store opened in January 2009 at 400 Magill Road, Kensington Park. Whilst I did not expect it to have turnover similar to Linden Park, Kensington Park is rapidly catching up.
We make a huge range of products including a variety of pie flavours; pasties; a large assortment of cakes and slices and many types of breads - such as rolls, focaccias, baguettes and a considerable selection of yeast products including Danishes and scrolls.
Our coffee beans are grown in certified organic plantations and are free from any form of chemical additives. "Grinders Coffee" supply the coffee beans and an assortment of teas.
We also operate a very popular sandwich bar where we make a variety of fresh rolls, sandwiches or baguettes daily - either pre-made or prepared to our customer's requirements.
I really don't think there are any special secrets to having a successful bakery business. I just follow four simple steps which I call "QSVC": Q - Quality S - Service V - Value C - Cleanliness
Over the years the reputation of St Georges Bakehouse's has grown rapidly and we have been the recipient of many awards which include:
Messenger Local Business Awards finalist:
2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Finalist - Best Coffee
Great Aussie Meat Pie Competition:
Multiple awards for our Beef Pie and a Silver Medal
Tuna And Potato - a Bronze Medal
Curry Chicken Pie - a Gold Medal
Chunky Mushroom - a Silver Medal
Chunky Beef and Pepper Pie - a Silver Medal
Chilli Pie - a Silver Medal
Chicken Pie - Bronze Medal
Plain Pie - Bronze Medal
Char Sui Chicken Pie - Bronze Medal
Chicken Curry & Broccoli Pie - Bronze Medal
In 2011, St Georges Bakehouse took out the prestigious title of having:
AUSTRALIA'S BEST PIE our CHUNKY BEEF PIE