Who we are

‘To The Rise’, a family business, born in lockdown and based in Eastbourne and growing into one of East Sussex’s most talked-about independent bakeries. Supplying artisan breads and baked treats to both local eateries as well as to hordes of hungry locals.

“I had always been the chef in the family”, says Lauren Pollard, founder of To The Rise. “I spent my childhood experimenting in the kitchen. Waffles were my first ‘speciality’, they were always a hit with my siblings!” This passion for baking led Lauren to enrol at Westminster Culinary College in London. During this time, she also worked at several bakeries across the capital. Customers quickly became friends, colleagues became family. People didn’t just come to eat; they came for its community.

Her sisters, Morgan and Josie Pollard, had both held jobs across hospitality, and like Lauren, saw an opportunity to create an inclusive, open-door bakery in their hometown of Eastbourne – with sourdough being their signature speciality (a bread both Lauren and Morgan had spent months perfecting).

Each day, the pair would bake two sourdoughs, one for the Pollard household and another for a lucky friend or family member. It was when the friends started coming back insisting to buy the next loaf that they knew they were on to something, and bought a home bakery oven which was set up as part of a cosy micro bakery built by their father, Rupert Pollard. To The Rise was born.

The menu has evolved to include a range of specialty and unique sourdough breads, 5-seed rye bread, olive oil focaccia, seasonal jams, cinnamon buns, chocolate brownies and so much more.

What is next for To The Rise

They spent this summer visiting markets all over the county.

Almost two years to the day from our opening, and the demand is so great that they are relocating to a larger bakery.

‘’We have found a shop Terminus road/Victoria Place. This is where we need YOUR HELP, to put plaster on the walls, tiles on the floor and purchase that all important commercial bakery oven.

‘’ We want to continue to provide home delivery to the Eastbourne boroughs and will still provide the bread subscription, allowing customers to have a rolling weekly bread delivery. You will be able to see the bakers in action, pick up a loaf or stay for a chat and enjoy a cup of beautifully made local tea.’’

What is unique about To The Rise

What makes To The Rise unique is its influence from German heritage and bringing the European flavours and style of buns to the sunshine coast of Eastbourne. This can be seen on the menu with the streusel bun, a bun bursting with vanilla bean sugar, topped with a light crumble. Or the classic cinnamon bun which is a prominent staple in bakeries across Scandinavia. Cardamom knots are also a best seller

They use the best ingredients available, using organic UK flour and support the community by buying ingredients locally. If there are any extras at the end of the day, they donate them to local charities; a local domestic violence refuge and also St Wilfrid’s Hospice.