John Thomas, founder of Thomas the Baker, established the family business in the beautiful market town of Helmsley in 1981. The key ethics of freshness, quality, value for money and the importance of the team are still as crucial today as they were 41 years ago. It’s our ambition to give you the best bakery products you can buy. And it doesn’t come any fresher than this! Our bread is often still piping hot when it arrives in our shops at 7:00am each morning.