Greater Manchester’s oldest family bakery announces shock comeback months after closing

Greater Manchester’s oldest family-run bakery has been revived just months after Robinsons said it had closed down for good.

The bakery, in Failsworth, had operated continuously from 1864, having first opened in Harpurhey. It was listed for sale by the family after owner David Robinson, who’d been baking for 53 years, retired, and his daughter Grace decided to pursue other opportunities.

However, after closing in September, today (December 5), the bakers announced it was coming back before Christmas in collaboration with another family business.

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“Back in September we announced that we would be closing our bakery,” the firm posted on Instagram. “However, since then discussions have been taking place with Martins Family Bakery and the Robinson family are now pleased to announce that the shop at 69/71 Ashton Road East will continue as a family run bakery.

“Martins Bakery will be opening just in time for Christmas! We believe it is great news that another bakery will be continuing to trade from here, so our customers can still get their freshly baked goods.

Grace with her Father David Robinson working at the bakery
(Image: Manchester Evening News)

“We are now pleased to be working with the Martin family to make some of our favourite recipes – which we think is a great link to our baking heritage.”

Neil Martin, his daughter Jenny and son-in-law Toby, added: “Customers will now have a choice of two Martins shops in Failsworth. Robinsons make some great cakes and bakes and we are pleased to be able to work with Grace and David to launch some new products and help keep the Robinsons baking history alive in Manchester.”

Some of the Robinsons products which will come back include Multiseed Bread, Lancashire Parkin, Jam Slice, Flapjack, Viennese Biscuits, and the Robinsons recipe Manchester Tarts, the chain said.

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