I'm Emma Chesters and setting up Good Souls Bakery was the realisation of a life long ambition. My grandmother had a bakery in North Wales and my earliest memories are sitting on the floor of her kitchen as a tiny child, loving the smells and eagerly anticipating the tastes to come. I would watch as she baked and she encouraged me to help and experiment, showing me the joy of baking Another passion of mine is travel. I don't get to physically get to explore the globe as much as I would like but do love to discover the foods of the world through cookery books, friends' recipes and eating out in restaurants which serve food representing different cultures, countries and continents. I spoke to a friend who ran The Waiting Room, a local makers' space, which had a professional kitchen which he very kindly offered me use of, I started baking and taking my wares to the local farmers' markets, as well as selling lunches at The Waiting Room and my love of cooking for others began.
My journey into veganism has been slow but once I became vegetarian I was amazed at how satisfying it was to cook with plants. When family members became vegan I couldn't avoid the issues around animal welfare and the environment. Plus once I discovered how tasty and delicious vegan food could be I haven't looked back. All the food made by Good Souls Bakery and Cafe is 100 per cent vegan. I use organic food wherever I can. I love to use seasonal vegetables and I buy regularly from local farms - Bennison's, Crapes and Keeper's Nursery. I get many of my ingredients from the Colchester Food Coop which has offers ethically sourced, environmentally friendly food.
Good Souls Bakery and Catering is based in Colchester. I sell food from my home in Lexden, Colchester. Take a look at the menu to see what we are currently offering. I also attend several local farmers' markets and host pop up cafe events. Good Souls can also cater for events and dinner parties. If you fancy some vegan dishes that aren't currently on our menu, please do get in touch and I am sure we can accomodate.