A new home for Heyl Bakery!

by Heyl Bakery in Plymouth, Plymouth, United Kingdom

We did it
On 20th April 2022 we successfully raised £16,091 with 148 supporters in 35 days

We're asking for your help to buy a bread oven for our new bakery shop!

by Heyl Bakery in Plymouth, Plymouth, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Anything above our target will go towards additional equipment that will enable us to serve our customers with delicious, high-quality products. This includes a custom display counter crafted by a local carpenter, a filter coffee machine and a dough laminator so that we can take our cinnamon bun production to the next level!

After an amazing first year baking out of the kitchens at the Devonport Guildhall, we’re ready to take the next step and open a shop of our own! But every bakery needs an oven, so we’re asking for your help to raise the money we need in exchange for some tasty rewards!


An introduction to Heyl

Launched in 2020 by partners Sam and Kate, Heyl Bakery is Plymouth’s first 100% plant-based sourdough bakery. Our ethos is all about celebrating the grain, using locally-milled stoneground flours and slow fermentation processes to produce loaves that are full of flavour and character. We’re also passionate about sustainability, using local, seasonal and organic ingredients wherever possible, and taking steps to minimise our waste and our carbon footprint.

For the last year and a half we’ve been baking out of the kitchens of the historic Devonport Guildhall, popping up at markets and events in and around Plymouth and supplying a growing number of local shops and cafes. In that time we’ve been blown away by the enthusiastic responses our bakes have received, and we now feel ready to take the leap and open a shop of our own. We want this to be a space where we can open our doors to you, so you can see first hand where your loaves and buns have been shaped and baked, before picking one up to take home, or to enjoy with a coffee while you kick back and relax.

Our new home

During our search for a more permanent home for Heyl, it’s always been important to us to find somewhere we could be part of a community and work alongside like-minded makers and producers. So when we came across Alma Yard, we knew we’d found the right place.


Alma is an incredible new development just a short walk from the Barbican, where Eat Work Art are transforming a collection of historic factory buildings into studios and coworking spaces for local creatives and independent businesses. It’s already home to a growing number of printmakers, graphic designers, jewellery makers, a yoga studio and an eco-friendly hairdressers - and hopefully very soon, a bakery!


Why we’re crowdfunding

Everyone knows that the oven is the beating heart of a bakery - but sadly, they don’t come cheap. Which is why we’re asking for your help! By supporting our crowdfunder, you’ll help us raise enough money to buy a new deck oven for the shop.


It may not sound like the sexiest or most exciting thing to spend money on (unless you're a baker!), but aside from our hands, this will be the most important bit of equipment in the bakery. It’s what allows us to supply bread of the highest quality to the amazing local cafes and shops that stock us, to donate loaves to the Union Street Corner soup kitchen, and of course, to bake bread, buns and cookies for you, our wonderful customers.

What your support can help us achieve

By donating to our crowdfunder, you’re not just supporting a bakery, you’re also supporting the wonderful farmers, millers and producers who supply us, and helping us to promote a more sustainable food system here in the South West.


We are proud to work with two local millers based in Devon and Dorset, who take care to source organically and naturally-grown grains for their flours. We’re always looking to source our other ingredients as locally and responsibly as possible too, and are excited by the opportunities to make more progress on this as we grow and develop our range of products.


This commitment to sustainability is also reflected in our decision to go fully plant-based and to work with local cycle couriers to help us minimise our carbon footprint. We also avoid using plastic packaging for any of our products, and will take this a step further in the new shop, minimising the use of any disposable plates, cups or cartons, and using eco-friendly cleaning products to play our part in making Plymouth a more eco-friendly city.

What to expect at the new shop

Our new home will enable us to serve you all your favourite sourdough loaves and plant-based treats straight from our ovens. You’ll be able to drop by and grab a delicious filter coffee, sandwich or topped flatbread, as well as shop for a selection of pantry items from producers we love. And when you’re done stocking up on baked goods, you can also check out some of the amazing art and craftwork being produced by some of our neighbours in the yard. 


Thank you!

At Alma Yard, we have an opportunity to join a growing number of exciting independent businesses who are breathing fresh life into the East end of Plymouth. We really hope you’ll lend us your support, and help us take this next big step so that we can bring our bread and sweet bakes to a wider community.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£35 or more

Friend of Heyl

Get a free reusable Heyl bread bag and 10% off every purchase of baked goods for our first year! We'll be in touch to let you know when your bag is ready to collect from the new store.

£10 or more

A Big ol' Heyl High Five!

Get 15% off your first purchase from the new shop to say thank you!

£20 or more

18 of 30 claimed

6 week bread subscription

Keep your bread supplies topped up, with a choice between our house Heyl Loaf or ever-popular Multigrain. Valid until 31/12/22

£20 or more

0 of 1 claimed

New Plymouth HQ Print

Get your hands on one of New Plymouth HQ's limited edition Amphitrite On Sea Horses Print (A4). This can be viewed at newplymouth.co.uk/product/amphitrite-on-sea-horses-print/.

£20 or more

3 of 10 claimed

Vessel Beer Set

A selection of 4 beers curated by the fab team at Vessel. For collection. Over 18s only.

£30 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Jar Membership!

10% off weighed goods (food and liquid refills) every time you shop at one of Jar's stores. This membership is valid for an entire year from the first time you shop.

£60 or more

0 of 1 claimed

SUP lesson for 2

A stand up paddle boarding lesson for 2 with South West SUP in the Royal William Yard

£15 or more

25 of 25 claimed

Lunch for two on us!

You and a pal each get to enjoy one of our daily special sandwiches or flatbreads, along with a drink and a cookie! Valid until 31/12/22

£20 or more

4 of 4 claimed

Hedgerow Hamper

A selection of delicious sweet and savoury vegan snacks whipped up by The Hedgerow Hound crew. Contents will be confirmed with purchaser prior to collection.

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

12 Kilner Spice Jars

12 x 70ml glass Kilner Spice Jars courtesy of Farleys Food Coop. Perfect for zero-waste shopping!

£45 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Cut & Blow Dry at Curious Hair Studio

Get that fabulous feeling with a cut, wash and hair dry from the amazing team at Curious Hair Studio - our new neighbours at Alma Yard

£60 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Eco-Friendly Home and Beauty Bundle

A collection of eco-friendly beauty and cleaning products courtesy of the Mindful Hive, including: - Beauty Kubes Shampoo and Bodywash - Scence natural deodorant - Fushi Hand Sanitiser Spray - Jungle Culture Plastic-free Razor - Ocean Saver Power Cleaning Ecodrops - Wooden Dish Brush

£80 or more

1 of 1 claimed

LHA Sunday Roast for 4

A delicious 2 course Sunday roast for 4 people, courtesy of the Lord High Admiral pub. Must be used by 01/01/2023.

£150 or more

12 of 12 claimed

Intro to Sourdough Bread Class

On this one day course, you’ll learn how to make your own sourdough loaf at home, from cultivating a starter from scratch, to getting that perfect bake. You’ll come away with an instruction booklet and a pot of our Heyl starter ‘Wayne’ so you can start baking straight away! Lunch and refreshments will be provided on the day, and dates will be confirmed once the new shop is open.

£200 or more

2 of 2 claimed

We'll dedicate a product to you!

Whether you’ve got a sweet tooth or a hankering for something savoury, we’ll develop a new product in your honour, inspired by your favourite flavours.

£1,000 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Name the Oven!

You get to choose the new name for our oven, which will be proudly displayed on a plaque, and we’ll throw in a luxury Heyl Hamper filled with goodies from our favourite local producers as an added thanks. (Offensive terms, including swear words or racist or homphobic language will not be accepted. We will accept ‘Oven McOvenface’, but we reckon you can do better than that!)

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