A Brief History of Dunns Bakery

Dunns Bakery here in Crouch End is run by sixth Generation Baker Lewis, who has been at the helm of this local institution for four years after taking the reins from his father and mother Christoper and Christina Freeman when they retired.
How did it all start? Christopher’s great-great-Grandfather, Robert Freeman, came down from Brackley, Northamptonshire in 1820 on a hay wagon and started work as a baker in South Grove, Highgate. In 1827 Robert Freeman started the first Freeman family owned business on Highgate Hill.
The Freeman family carried on baking, running a few different small bakeries, one in New Zealand and one in Enfield until in 1946 Robert's great grandson David Freeman acquired Dunns Bakery and 200 years later here we are, with Lewis intent on keeping his family traditions alive! 

Behind The Scenes of The Bakery

Dunns Bakery has a huge team of expert bakers and staff who, every day, provide for big crowds of local customers. Without our Team, Dunns Bakery wouldn’t be the professional establishment it is today.

Regular visitors to the shop may be surprised to hear that behind the scenes at Dunns Bakery in North London, Crouch End is a myriad of rooms in which our experienced and trained craftspeople make our products from scratch using the finest ingredients to bake everything fresh, everyday!

Cakes Decoration

Upstairs, our full time cake decorator Neil finishes our spectacular birthday, wedding and other celebration cakes. All our cakes are individually made. Christopher Freeman tells a story of how he visited a cake decoration company and found that the operatives wrote the names on the cake whilst they were travelling along a conveyor belt!!! No such thing in our cake decorating department! Neil takes time to make sure that we meet your expectations for a cake which really creates the occasion.   

Patisserie, Confectionery and Bread

Our selected array of tempting delicacies are made with only the finest and freshest ingredients, produced to Dunn’s own traditional recipes.

Downstairs we have 3 separate departments:

Andrea & Sarah make all our fantastic cream cakes and finish the fancy cakes which have you drooling in our shop window. If you haven’t tried the fruit flans (portion or whole) you have been missing out

In the confectionery bakery, Aidry leads a team which produces a wide range of sweet and savoury treats including our world famous doughnuts and sausage rolls - now including our incredible vegan sausage rolls! 

Our bread bakery has ancient bread ovens which help to give our bread that traditional look and taste. Keller leads the team of very experienced bakers who are able to produce a variety of breads that you just wouldn’t get anywhere else. All baked fresh every single morning 7 days a week. 

Sandwiches Rolls and Salads

Also upstairs is our sandwich, roll and catering department where our staff lead by Nikki create delicious combinations for the tastiest take away in town. Our vegetables, salad and fruit is delivered (or collected) daily so everything is fresh for you. This is where sausages and bacon from Morleys Butchers in Crouch End are cooked and put into rolls and sandwiches; there is nothing as good as our bacon roll for breakfast

Supporting The Community 

Lewis Freeman resides in Crouch End and is pleased to be part of the local community and to be able to support many initiatives. His father Christopher is proud of his work founding National Doughnut Week which takes every May and raises thousands for The Children's Trust charity. 
We welcome school visits to the bakery and take students for work experience from local secondary schools. Dunns Bakery is at the heart of Crouch End in North London and is proud to be part of a great local experience of good quality local independent food shops. 
We have supported the YMCA Fun Run every year since in started – donating a Jam Doughnut for every runner. Lewis is also head of the Crouch End Traders Association.