PROFILE La Baguetterie Menu Bread Type Baguettes, Speciality Breads and Wraps Baguettes - Standard White, Multi-grain or Seeded (20p extra) Wraps - Wholemeal, Plain, Sun-dried Tomato or Spinach flavour or small plain wrap Toasted Paninis Filled Croissants Ingredients for the above All fillings include salad garnish and mayonnaise Price 1 Cheddar / Mixed Cheese / Cream Cheese / Salad / Egg Mayonnaise / Hard boiled Egg / Tuna Mayonnaise / Roast Sausage Price 2 Chicken: Plain / Cajun / Minted / Mayonnaise / Tikka / Piri-Piri / Sweet Chilli & Lime / Ham / Pâté / Crispy Bacon / Brie / Emmental Price 3 Tuna Catalan / Parma Ham / Tuna Provençal / Salami / Camembert / Pastrami / Salted Beef / Sweet Chilli Chinese Chicken / Goats Cheese / Stilton / Coronation Chicken / Chicken Mayonnaise with Bacon and Celery / Chicken Mayonnaise with Bacon and Spinach Price 4 Roast Chicken Breast / Mexican Bean Chicken / Smoked Salmon / Prawns in Marie Rose Sauce. “Whatever the changes over the years, we always try and give local people and the office workers what they want. We can be adaptable because we’re not a chain.” ALLERGIES Allergies have also become a big issue, adds Peter. “There’s no doubt that in the last ten years we’ve seen a lot more people with allergies. It’s quite hard work keeping allergy lists up to
date along with the rest of the admin, checking the rounds of suppliers and all the recipes we have. “We, of course, comply with the allergies law, with signage saying ‘Ask’, and also have a folder with a printed out spreadsheet of all the 14 allergies in columns with ticks against them. The BSA is working very hard to try and keep the process under control, but we do have a worry that it will get overcomplicated for customers.” Angela agrees, but also has a general concern about customers with serious allergy problems. “It amazes me that if customers have a serious allergy they would even contemplate eating something they knew was a risk! Thank goodness, we’ve never had any serious problemsee. “Some of our food is gluten-free. We’ve tried buying in things like gluten-free bread, but the problem for us is that its shelf-life is very short, it’s very expensive – around five times the cost of normal bread - and the call for it is minimal. It also crumbles easily. I feel very sorry for people who have a gluten allergye actually.” BEST SELLERS La Baguetterie’s best sellers are now wraps, rather than baguettes, as mentioned. “When we first introduced wraps, if we made two or three dozen a week, it was surprising. Now we’re doing 5-600 week! It seems healthier and it’s not so heavy as a baguette. We do five flavours - Wholemeal, Plain, Sun-dried Tomato, Beetroot or Spinach
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flavour. We put them in a panini grill and seal them once filled, so the ingredients don’t fall out,” says Angela. As well as the wraps and baguettes, they also have freshly baked pain au chocolates and chocolate croissants, luxurious millionaire shortbreads, chocolate crunch bars and treats such as triple berry muffins with raspberries, cranberries and juicy strawberries. There’s a great range of salads, which are big in the summer and our winter soups include items such as peppery beef goulash. In spite of the business’s largely progressive nature, they don’t use an EPoS system. “We’ve looked at it. But the speed we have to work the till at lunchtime is way beyond EPoS capabilities, because we don’t have premade food, and customers have a bit of this and a bit of that from our dozens of options,” adds Angela. “People often say to me, you make so much food, what do you do with everything that’s left over? Well, it doesn’t get left over as we make and bake as required throughout the day!” They do have an element of portion control, although this isn’t always strictly adhered to, she confesses. “It can be difficult when a customer is nagging you to give them a bit more. Some of the young men are quite demanding! But as long as you can justify the main costing, you can be flexible about giving an additional filling for a £1 to a customer. As an independent, I can do that - that’s fine.”
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