I was born and brought up in Surrey and one of five children. I was raised in a busy but lovely home environment. After leaving school I attended Catering College in Guildford where I was awarded Catering Student of the Year and attended the Hotel Olympia Competition at which I gained a bronze medal. Having worked in the catering industry now for more than thirty years, including managing several hotels, I am now doing what I love the most, baking. I started to bake cakes and cookies for stalls to help raise money for a friend’s cancer treatment and things really snowballed from there. The Little Pantry was born and I now take my home-made products to various craft and farmers markets. I supply local shops in Woolsery, Bradworthy, Kilkhampton, Abbotsham and Bucks Cross. I have a stall at home in Woolsery every Friday for you to come and buy my award winning cakes, cookies and scones, quiches and sausage rolls. You can also contact me for small catering functions.
In October 2015 we were elated to win Gold in the North Devon Journal Food Drink and Tourism Awards for Best Local Food retailer This Year 2016 we are pleaed to announce that we added a Bronze Award
This is what the Judges had to say
LITTLE PANTRY, WOOLSERY is a genuine cottage industry in a modern setting. Our judges were blown away by the breathtaking display of beautifully arranged sweet and savoury pastries, cakes and biscuits. Think lemon drizzle cake, farmhouse cakes, scones and more. Judges loved owner Valerie Snape’s splendid decorative wheat sheaf, shaped like a harvest loaf, destined for village events. Every product, they said, was baked to exactly the right colour, perfectly finished and carefully wrapped.