Seeking the rising stars of the bread world!

Could you be the first-ever Tiptree Patisserie Trainee Baker 2017?

If you are an apprentice baker or studying to become a baker, this is your great chance to prove yourself at the Tiptree World Bread Awards with Brook Food 2017!

Tiptree Patisserie is sponsoring a new category especially for the young up and coming stars of the baking world. “We are really delighted to support this category,” says Daren McGrath, Managing Director of Tiptree Patisserie.  

“At Tiptree Patisserie, we take the training of young people very seriously.  I feel it’s really important the Tiptree World Bread Awards have a dedicated category to recognise the hard work and talent of the sector that sits between young enthusiasts and professional bakers.


“52,000 jars of Tiptree Plum Jam will make a difference to ‘Purple 4 Polio’

Wilkin and Sons are excited to be part of Rotary Great Britain and Ireland’s ‘Purple 4 Polio’ campaign to end polio across the world, which was launched in March 2017. We have supplied 52,000 jars of Tiptree Plum jam, each made with plums grown on our fruit farm at Tiptree. We trust that Rotarians the length and breadth of the British Isles will enjoy a spot of jam on toast, or even a cream tea, whilst raising funds for the charity.

The activity was instigated by local Rotarian Nigel Dyson, who knew that Wilkin & Sons had partnered with Rotary to help eradicate polio on two previous occasions. In 2003, Ian Thurgood, Wilkin and Sons Director,  helped Rotarian Ray Burman raise $1million with a Spread & Save campaign, and in 2011 the company donated 50,000 bottles of Tomato Ketchup to Rotary International – there were lots of barbeques that year.”

National Toast Day - 23 February 

Toast, a comfort food that can be enjoyed any time of the day or night, so there will be plenty of opportunities to mark National Toast Day on Thursday 23rd May.

The Tiptree World Bread Awards, in association with Brook Foods, have been joined by Kingsmill  who are encouraging people to share their favourite toast ideas.

Hot buttered fingers of toast dipped in golden egg yolks, a great start to the day; or for those in a hurry toast and marmalade “on the go” made from a delicious wholemeal or rustic loaf cut into thick slices for toasting,  a great “host” for a generous layer of butter and Tawny Marmalade. 

More news on twitter - @WorldBreadAwards with #NationalToastDay.

Bread Alert for Great Bakers - enter awards now

The Tiptree World Bread Awards with Brook Food are open now – for their fifth year.

The Awards were launched in 2013 to celebrate the nation’s bread baking skills and have gone from strength to strength. New categories for 2017 will include:  the Tiptree Patisserie Trainee Baker category, supported by the National Bakery School, Muntons Malt Bread category and the Irish Wheaten Loaf category, supported by Northern Ireland Good Food. We are also delighted that this year Brook Food will sponsor our most popular category, Sourdough. Scotland Food & Drink also join our family of partners.

In 2016 the Awards attracted almost 600 entries on Judging Day which proved a huge challenge for the 90 judges.  The wide range of categories in the 2017 Awards will provide an opportunity for bakers from different specialities to enter their “best loaf”.  Enter from 1 February to 6 September 2017.  More details from:

“Royal Recipes” with Tiptree on TV

Strawberries, quince and jam making at Tiptree featured in BBC One’s new television series “Royal Recipes” – Afternoon Tea (13/15) on 8th February and repeated on the 9th February at 7.15 a.m.;  available in iplayer. The series of fifteen programmes was inspired by a recipe book from the royal household and this led the film director to some amazing locations and interesting stories about favourite food prepared for members of the royal family. 

Tiptree fruit shared the programme with a very smart Battenberg cake, made with lots of marzipan, apricot jam, golden sponge and a darker chocolate section that looked much tastier than the bright pink cake remembered from childhood. 

As the theme for this programme was “Afternoon Tea” it was good that Walter could talk  about the heritage of the business, Tracey recalled the excitement on the day The Queen visited Tiptree while Chris spoke about the traditional quince orchard and the latest technology for growing strawberries; there was also a glance at afternoon tea on the terrace. 

A delightful series with an insight to the royal kitchens.  

“Pick your own – at Top Drawer” – 15th -17th January 2016

13th January 2017

The fascinating candle tree with Tiptree’s new mini candles will be at the Top Drawer trade Show at Olympia 15-17 January on stand R66 where the new “pick your own” candles will be introduced.   There are 12 fruity fragrances with a reminder of English Berries, English Orchards and Citrus Fruits and we believe customers will enjoy selecting their own favourites as an interesting gift. 

Pick your own candles are currently available in the Tiptree Jam Shop before going into gift shops and stores across the UK.

Tiptree World Bread Awards

8th August 2016

The entry deadline has been extended to midnight on the evening of Wednesday 7th September 2016 so there is still time for professional and home bakers to enter the 2016 Tiptree World Bread Awards with Brook Food. The loaves are judged by a large team of experienced judges lead by Stephen Hallam, Master Baker, and Managing Director of Dickinson & Morris.

Competitors of all ages from across the UK have taken part in the Awards during the last three years producing some delicious loaves, each one is assessed by a team of judges working to a strict criteria including appearance, crumb and taste.  There is an increasing interest in sourdough but some bakers prefer to use their skills and imagination to create some interesting combinations of flavours in the Tiptree Show Stopper Challenge.

The awards close to entries on Wednesday 7th September 2016 and the judging will take place in September. The winners will be announced in October at a harvest supper-style ceremony at St John’s Hyde Park, London.

Celebrating Ten Tea Rooms

21st March 2016

Ten “tea rooms” and still room for more, Wilkin & Sons’ clutch of tea rooms has a new addition.  The latest location for a Tiptree venue is The View River Café overlooking the sea wall on the Blackwater Estuary.  Walkers exploring the coastline can stop for a hot sausage sandwich, a cream tea or a hot chocolate and a cake as they watch the waders and the boats across the estuary from the comfort of the café. 

Access from the sea wall or via the steps from the Osea Leisure Park, The View River Café provides a welcome halt for a quick bite and one of the best views along the Essex coast.  Limited parking is available on site but many walkers start their walk at Heybridge Basin, stop at The View River Café for a bite and then have lunch at “the lock” when they return to Heybridge Basin. 

Open every day from 10 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.

The View, Osea Leisure Park, Goldhanger Road, Heybridge, Essex, CM9 4SA