The History of Bells Of Lazonby:

Established in 1946, the business was founded by John Bell – a man with a fighting spirit who made it through WW2 after his aircraft was shot down over Germany. Upon his return, he moved to Lazonby with his family and set up a small bakery and shop, attached to their home, to provide an income for the family.


Bells Bus


During the coldest winter on record, John Bell provided door to door deliveries of bread and groceries, keeping the local villages stocked up during the harsh winter.

Lazonby village Railway buildings


Purchased the Lazonby village Railway buildings and moved to this site to create offices and a Bakery.



Entered into partnership with the Regional Supermarket; Booths and have been providing both branded and own label, cakes and breads to them ever since.

Bells of Lazonby


Began to extend the Main Bakery as the business grew and have subsequently continued extensions into 90’s and early 00’s.

The Village Bakery Melmerby


Bells launched their first organic product range ahead of the organic movement.

We Love Cake


Commissioned the first dedicated Free-from Factory in the UK to become pioneers in the gluten, wheat and dairy free industry.

Lukasz Cereals


Extended our gluten free factory and created an NPD facility.

Queens Award for Enterprise


Received the Queens Award for Enterprise, being recognised for our Innovation in the Free From area and have continued to receive numerous awards in this area including Bakery Supplier of the Year.



Entered the National Coffee Shop Sector catering for food service with Cakes, Tarts, Mini Bites



A further extension was completed on the dedicated Free-from Bakery along with a bespoke NPD Development Kitchen.

Bell's Product Packaging


Celebrating our 70th Year Anniversary with a refresh of Bells of Lazonby Range