The “Avenue Bakery” was born in 1943 by John William Forrest Doyle. Originally trained in the North East he moved to Northumberland and Scotland and became a notable Master Baker.
His wife Emma Doyle joined him in 1944 and their son John Doyle joined at the tender age of 16 (1961) marking the second generation. Having attended Thomas Danby College he also attained the title of Master Baker.
The Bakery grew from strength to strength and survived through recessions and winters of discontent.
The third generation, one of John’s sons, Robert J Doyle, joined age of 16 (1984). Sadly he never worked with his granddad (John William who retired at the age of 73), but he had successfully learned the secrets of his baking and confectionary.
On the 19th October 1997 the Bakery appeared in HEARTBEAT, Episode 8, Season 7, “The Friendly Fire”, the bakery staff were extras in this episode and John had a line to say, The Bakery was also to appear in another episode later in the series.
The Aidensfield Bun was created by John Doyle and is still available today! Emma Doyle finally retired in 1992 aged 82, but she did stay living next door to the bakery and popped in every day until the age of 99 years!