In the tiny kitchen of his Devon cottage John Peck starts to make Flapjacks and Vegetarian Pasties – dishes he enjoyed himself, thinking others might like them just as much. Selling initially to the Coffee Bar at Exeter University, then to a handful of local shops.
John Peck goes into partnership with Mr Strong. They create a small kitchen in a Victorian former brewery in Exeter. Their small range of cakes and slices starts to grow.
Mr Strong’s natural wanderlust draws him off to a new life restoring antique furniture. The Peck and Strong name travels across more and more of the South West and beyond.
Peck and Strong moves to a larger site in Crediton.
They double the size of their kitchen.
Peck and Strong purchases a substantial derelict site in Crediton and from a shell build their bespoke bakery four times the previous size. From being a ‘well kept secret’, they start to present their products more widely and develop partnerships with selected distributors nationally.
Some things haven’t changed. Cooking by hand, just as he did in 1980, John Peck still makes those dishes he enjoys himself — and now we know others really do like them as much as he does!