A TYNE Valley bakery is celebrating after it was named the best in the county at a national awards ceremony.

The Pudding Parlour, based in Prudhoe, was named as the Best Bakery in Northumberland at the prestigious National Bakery Awards.

The family-run business has grown rapidly over the last six years. It now supplies more than 40 businesses across the North-East and North Yorkshire.

More than 20 staff are employed at the bakery, while there is also a retail outlet in Morpeth. The trade bakery arm has seen a steady increase in turnover.

At the end of last year the business launched a mail order option on its website, now posting their tasty treats all over the UK.

The parlour, which is owned by brother and sister team Greg Small and Kristy Giblin, have now been invited to London to take part in the national final of the National Bakery Awards later this month.

The siblings were delighted with the victory, after they had chosen not to enter in awards for the past few years.

Kristy explained: “We’ve been so busy growing the business that it’s the first time we’ve entered in a couple of years.

“We’ve put a lot of work into expanding the business so it’s nice to get some recognition. We’ve grown a lot since it was just Greg and I.

“We’ve got a great team with a fantastic operations manager and supervisor. Right now, our team is amazing so it’s good to have an award for them too.”

The Pudding Parlour is even popular with celebrities. Recent cake commissions include The Who, Vicky Pattison, and Little Mix.

Kristy added: “The Who were doing a show up here and it was one of their birthdays.

“We were contacted last minute and asked if we had room. I said ‘we will make room’!”

The National Bakery Awards Grand Final will take place in London on March 11.