New bakery, restaurant and shop to open in Micklegate - complete with Roman road remains

New bakery, restaurant and shop to open in Micklegate - complete with Roman road remains

New bakery, restaurant and shop to open in Micklegate - complete with Roman road remains

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Business editor

A YORK baker is hoping to transform Micklegate into a foodie-focussed street as part of plans to by opening a new bakery, restaurant and artisan shop.

Under plans already approved by City of York Council, the former Blake Head Book Shop is set to become the new home of Bluebird bakery and Rattle Owl cafe and restaurant.

The small unit on the left of the double fronted shop, which forms part of the Grade II listed building, will become the Owlet - a “pop up” shop for local artisan food producers.

Plans have also been submitted to the council to excavate the cellar of the property which is believed to be sitting on top of a Roman road, with hopes of incorporating it into the current building design and allowing it to be displayed.

The plans are being spearheaded by Clarissa O’Callaghan who wanted to create a new restaurant championing local produce.

She approached Bluebird bakery owner Al Kippax, who has been running his baking business from Newgate Market, to see if he wanted to join the venture.

Mr Kippax, who worked as a chef in London and York before starting out on his own producing bread, said: “Bluebird Bakery has proved incredibly popular since it started in my kitchen two and a half years ago.

“Keen to expand on its current popularity and the capture the market in the desire for consumers to under - stand where food comes from, the next stage is securing retail premises to expand our range from the current four core and seven speciality breads into other bakery products, and increase production from 240 loaves a week to 1000.

“I can’t wait to get up and running in the shop, it’s been a long time coming.

Micklegate is a beautiful street and in the past has had a bit of a bad reputation as a drinkers' run. A few nice cafes and restaurants have opened since and I’m hoping once we open it will create a difference vibe down here to more of a foodie street.”

While plans for the cafe and restaurant are still being finalised, Bluebird Bakery will initially open in the Owlet space, and is due to open in a few weeks, with the rest of venture set to come together within months.

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8:18am Wed 3 Sep 14

MrsHoney says...

Sounds good to me. :-) Beats the bread you get at Tescos. The Blake Head cafe was a big loss to Micklegate so I look forwarded to sampling what Rattle Owl has to offer!!
Sounds good to me. :-) Beats the bread you get at Tescos. The Blake Head cafe was a big loss to Micklegate so I look forwarded to sampling what Rattle Owl has to offer!! MrsHoney
  • Score: 45

8:54am Wed 3 Sep 14

eeoodares says...

What a brilliant and brave venture. I used to love the Blake Head Bookshop Cafe.
What a brilliant and brave venture. I used to love the Blake Head Bookshop Cafe. eeoodares
  • Score: 32

9:56am Wed 3 Sep 14

Blimp says...

What a great idea - good luck to all involved!

Brilliant, love it! More please.
What a great idea - good luck to all involved! Brilliant, love it! More please. Blimp
  • Score: 21

10:03am Wed 3 Sep 14

anti-rant says...

Good luck - too bad I don't live or work near there.
Good luck - too bad I don't live or work near there. anti-rant
  • Score: 9

12:03pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Pinza-C55 says...

I wish them well but the omens aren't good. I remember the "organic" deli in the large shop opposite the Priory which only lasted about a year.
I wish them well but the omens aren't good. I remember the "organic" deli in the large shop opposite the Priory which only lasted about a year. Pinza-C55
  • Score: -5

2:47pm Wed 3 Sep 14

piemagico says...

Pinza-C55 wrote:
I wish them well but the omens aren't good. I remember the "organic" deli in the large shop opposite the Priory which only lasted about a year.
If you look at the wider "omens" there is no shortage of successful upmarket food & drink places in York and I'd have thought Mickelgate has room for one more. Good luck!
[quote][p][bold]Pinza-C55[/bold] wrote: I wish them well but the omens aren't good. I remember the "organic" deli in the large shop opposite the Priory which only lasted about a year.[/p][/quote]If you look at the wider "omens" there is no shortage of successful upmarket food & drink places in York and I'd have thought Mickelgate has room for one more. Good luck! piemagico
  • Score: 11

4:57pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Monks Boss says...

Good luck Mr Kippax, may everyone in your vicinity buy your wonderful bread.(beats Sainsbury's down the road).
Good luck Mr Kippax, may everyone in your vicinity buy your wonderful bread.(beats Sainsbury's down the road). Monks Boss
  • Score: 10

7:40am Thu 4 Sep 14

thinkingoutsidethebox says...

congratulations and wish you lots of success. Almost all mass produced bread is awful and now finding it goes mouldy really quickly.
congratulations and wish you lots of success. Almost all mass produced bread is awful and now finding it goes mouldy really quickly. thinkingoutsidethebox
  • Score: 3

12:31pm Thu 4 Sep 14

lyndon_nicholson says...

If you've ever sampled the bread from Bluebird you'll be in doubt as to the future success of this new venue. A bold statement - but you'll be blown away when you try it.
Pick it up at the market between now and opening on Mickelgate - you won't regret it.
If you've ever sampled the bread from Bluebird you'll be in doubt as to the future success of this new venue. A bold statement - but you'll be blown away when you try it. Pick it up at the market between now and opening on Mickelgate - you won't regret it. lyndon_nicholson
  • Score: 3

11:02pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Pinza-C55 says...

piemagico wrote:
Pinza-C55 wrote:
I wish them well but the omens aren't good. I remember the "organic" deli in the large shop opposite the Priory which only lasted about a year.
If you look at the wider "omens" there is no shortage of successful upmarket food & drink places in York and I'd have thought Mickelgate has room for one more. Good luck!
You obviously don't know Micklegate.
[quote][p][bold]piemagico[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pinza-C55[/bold] wrote: I wish them well but the omens aren't good. I remember the "organic" deli in the large shop opposite the Priory which only lasted about a year.[/p][/quote]If you look at the wider "omens" there is no shortage of successful upmarket food & drink places in York and I'd have thought Mickelgate has room for one more. Good luck![/p][/quote]You obviously don't know Micklegate. Pinza-C55
  • Score: -2

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