AN artisan baker will tomorrow fulfil her dream of giving exposure to her Bavarian pretzels when she opens her new shop for business.

Pretzel & Spelt bakery will open at No. 417 Crompton Way.

Visitors will be able to purchase sweet and savoury strudels, as well as Angelika Searle's renowned home-baked pretzels in a variety of flavours.

The soft-dough, knot-shaped goods are rarely made in the UK because they are "so dangerous" to produce. The baking process involves using caustic soda to give the pretzels their brown and shiny coating and distinct flavour.

Bavarian-born Mrs Searle, who began her business from the kitchen at her Bradshaw home, said: "To take a business from a kitchen table to this scale is a massive step, even more if you are a self-made business woman.

"But I am confident. The interest in my pretzel products is already high.

"We will start small but gradually look to expand our product range.

"In winter, we will sell products such as Lebkuchen and Stollen, and German Bavarian cakes and bakes as these kinds of food are under-represented in the UK."

The 54-year-old mum will use organic ingredients in her products where possible, and said she will be mindful of healthy eating, sustainability, and buying local.

Mrs Searle secured a lease for the shop in January and planning permission to use bakery machines on site.

Employee Anna Borcova will focus on production while Natasha Richardson will sell, with the aim to take on more staff as the business grows.

Mrs Searle, a trained occupational therapist, is also forming future plans for a volunteer-led social space aimed at integrating and reconnecting people on the fringes of society.

An opening celebration will be held at the new bakery at 9am tomorrow. The shop will begin trading with reduced opening times of 9am until 2pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and 11am until 6pm on Wednesdays and Fridays.

To get a flavour of some of the bakes, visit the Pretzel & Spelt Facebook page.