Looking for premium products to fuel your passion for baking, bread making or home made pizzas?

Eastbourne based Ratton Pantry may be just the solution, offering a convenient shopping experience with items delivered straight to your door, for free.

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, sister and brother-in-law Victoria Kingford and Sean Hammett had a difficult time finding high-quality baking ingredients and pantry staples.

As avid home bakers, and Eastbourne residents, they knew others in their local area were having the same problem. So, during mid 2020, they decided to take matters into their own hands and procured baking essentials for themselves and anyone else in their community who was interested.

But despite humble beginnings, the business has seen promising growth since it’s launch just under three years ago, selling goods and sending orders daily to customers all over the country via their website.

Fast forward to 2023 and the company has grown their product range significantly and now offers a huge range of Italian, French and English artisan flours, a collection made up now of over 100+ different flour varieties. Brands include Shipton Mill, Matthews Cotswold Flour, Caputo, Wessex Mill and Wildfarmed. A plethora of Gluten-Free flours also compliment the growing collection.

“As a company we want to be as inclusive as we can when it comes to getting people involved in baking, this is hugely important to us and this is why we now carry an array of 20+ different Celiac freindly, non-wheat, Gluten-Free flours from Millet to Maize, Chestnut to Chickpea” says Sean.

Notably one of the biggest changes to Ratton Pantry since its inception is their incredible offering of premium imported Italian produce. With the pandemic being a catalyst to the home pizza making boom, people can now recreate authentic Italian pizzas in their own homes thanks to the availability of pizza ovens from such companies as Ooni and Gozney.

On the verge of being classed as much as a deli as it is a pantry, you can now shop at Ratton Pantry for Italian San Marzano Tomatoes, Fior di Latte Mozzarella and a smorgasbord of Italian meats, all personally selected for making the perfect pizza. These items can either be delivered to your door, or collected from Ratton Pantry’s new premises off Lottbridge Drove.

“Since the move to our new, larger, modern unit in late Summer 2022, the extra space has allowed us to not only store a greater quantity of products and a wider range of items, but also has provided us with the room to set-up a large new walk in fridge to expand our range of fresh goods” says Sean.

Ratton Pantry have always made sure that sustainability has remained a core part of their business throughout. The move to responsibly sourced cardboard boxes, paper tape and compostable packing chips makes sure that all of their online orders are as environmentally responsible as possible. The team have also started working with local charities to help tackle food waste, and have partnered with pioneering brands such as Wildfarmed to promote a more sustainable farming model that focusses on soil health and regenerative agriculture.

Closer to home and not wanting to lose sight of their roots, Eastbourne will always remain close to their hearts. They’re enjoying growing a combination of local private customers and businesses, who enjoy both their premium products and friendly customer service. Offering a free delivery service to anyone that lives locally, Ratton Pantry provides a seamless, simple and convenient shopping experience.

With the promise of bread and pizza making events on the horizon, Ratton Pantry’s passion and drive for building a vibrant local community of like minded bakers runs stronger than ever and we certainly look forward to watching their progress over the coming months and years.

Why not reach out and say hello?

Sean and the team can be contacted via email hello@rattonpantry.co.uk or you can pick up the phone and call them on 01323 379719. You can browse and shop online at www.rattonpantry.co.uk

Prefer to visit them in person? No appointment is required, just pop down to their new unit, with free on-site parking, Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm. Unit 6 White Knight Business Park, Hammonds Drive, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN23 6FB.