A second outlet for the popular artisan bakery Column Bakehouse has opened today (Wednesday, 12 July) at Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard.

The successful artisan bakery started at Devonport Guildhall in 2013 and has grown from strength to strength winning countless awards and fans along the way. Run by pioneering social enterprise RIO – the Real Ideas Organisation – Column Bakehouse has in recent years cemented its position as Plymouth’s premier artisan bakery, supplying a range of restaurants and trade customers as well as real bread fans right across the city and beyond.

RIO’s Head of Enterprises Claire Burgess explains: “We are thrilled to open the doors to the new Column Bakehouse Café and Stores at Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard. Since we took over the running of Ocean Studios back in April 2017 we have worked hard to create a café offer that supports the community of artists and makers in the building as well as contributing to the food and visitor offer on the Yard.

“As well as a Café, the new outlet will also feature Column Bakehouse Stores – a small shop featuring local products alongside those from social enterprise suppliers – where customers can purchase and take home many of the ingredients used in our Café menu to recreate their favourites at home.”

Column Bakehouse Café and Stores at Royal William Yard will also house a Tourist Information point, a collaboration between RIO and Plymouth City Council to create an information point for visitors to explore what else the city offers beyond Royal William Yard.

Cllr Glenn Jordan, Cabinet Member for Culture at Plymouth City Council said: “Introducing this new Tourist Information point at Ocean Studios is really exciting. Plymouth offers so much to see and do, and this additional outpost for tourist information will help visitors to Royal William Yard discover even more of what our great city has to offer.”

“We are delighted to welcome Column Bakehouse to Royal William Yard,” said Emily Handslip, Director, Urban Splash. “Royal William Yard has become the best place to work, rest and play in the South West. We’re really excited about the Bakehouse Café and Stores at Ocean Studios – it is a fantastic addition to the Yard food offering. We’re excited that it will draw footfall down to Factory Cooperage and add a new dimension to the visitor experience at Royal William Yard We look forward to seeing more visitors using it to discover all of what Plymouth has to offer.”