A New Generation
Coming from the Arnott family, with a continuous baking history of over 170 years, Stephen Arnott felt the loss of this heritage during the takeover of Arnott's biscuits in 1991. This break in the chain was the determining factor in wanting to continue his family tradition. To this end, and like his forefathers, he completed his trade in baking in Newcastle.
Allison Arnott was working as a Research Scientist for George Weston Foods. This is where she developed her expertise in bread making. However, this large-scale industry experience gave her exposure to the commercialisation of yeasted bread. After commencing a Masters degree at UNSW, she studied the microbiology of sourdough bread, leading her to the history of this ancient product. In 1994, a study trip to the USA, led Allison to several sourdough bakeries in California, home of the famous San Francisco sourdough and again in 2000 and 2018 to visit Boudin bakery.
During a visit to Morpeth in 2001, Stephen took Allison on a tour to show her where his forefathers had arrived from Scotland and began baking in the 1800's. After viewing the dilapidated bakehouse, Stephen and Allison purchased the site and moved to Morpeth. It took 18 months to restore the old residence and shop front, a painstaking process, to retain as much of the original fabric intact as possible. During this period the family grew, test baking was done, packaging and logos were designed and family research was commenced.
The unique logo design was developed by Mark Landini (Landini Associates); a stylised view of the verandah iron lace, resulting in the logo and designs which became the Morpeth Sourdough trade marks. Together, with exterior & interior design, they captured the essence of our heritage and baking expertise.
Bringing all of these influences together is what created Morpeth Sourdough in 2003. An authentic and traditional sourdough. Now the Arnott's are continuing their family tradition at the Historic Arnott Bakehouse.