Wood’s of Wizard's Thatch
This beautifully traditional bakery and patisserie has been in Wizard's Thatch for literally hundreds
of years and is still in the hands of the same family who have been baking in the town since it was first settled in the 800’s
– in fact legend has it that it was one of the Wood sisters who gave shelter to King Alfred when he first fled to the
Somerset levels. It was this sister, who unaware of his identity, left him to watch some cakes that she
had left cooking on the fire. Preoccupied with the problems of his kingdom, Alfred accidentally let the cakes burn.
Wood’s of Wizard’s Thatch was granted
a Royal warrant by Queen Victoria who was rather partial to their sponges. Apparently, she had a habit of getting a bit peckish
between lunchtime and her very late dinner, and began requesting that a tray of tea with sweet bread and butter be served
to her around four o' clock to ward off the hunger pangs. Victoria sandwiches, or sponges, were soon all the rage, and
eventually became the measuring stick by which all baking was judged.