Martins Craft Bakers & Sandwich Makers has been a familiar name to Mancunians over many decades. The original Martin was one Richard Martin not, as might be supposed, a Lancastrian and a native of Manchester but instead a very far travelled man. Richard Martin was born in 1894, the son of Swiss confectioner Reinhart Martin and his wife Maria, in St Gallen in Switzerland.

After training as an apprentice confectioner at Konditorei Weyer in St Gallen between 1911 and 1914 Richard settled down to work in Manchester at Sisson's Bakers in St Ann's Square. Richard Martin opened his own Swiss confectionery bakery in Moston on Easter Sunday 1922 and offered an extensive range of continental confectionery, many made using the family recipes from Switzerland.

Now that Martins bakery has a total staff of over 200, the family connection is assured in the shape of Jenny, Neil's daughter, who represents the fifth generation.

 

fruit cake

 

The iced fruit cake slab from Martins Craft Bakery in Manchester is a fabulously moist and nutty Christmas cake hand baked for us in small batches. With a mix dried fruit, nuts, cranberries and top quality flours, this delicious iced fruitcake is a main item in our luxury Christmas hampers.