Mother | Baker | Entrepreneur

Mother | Baker | Entrepreneur

Mother | Baker | Entrepreneur

Written by Alyson Jackson

Elizabeth Botham set up her bakery in the ancient fishing port of Whitby over 150 years ago. She began by selling bread and cakes from a basket at the local market and eventually bought the premises on Skinner Street.

Elizabeth Botham, founder of E.Botham & Sons circa. 1865

Five Generations of Family Bakers

Today, Botham's traditions are proudly continued by the fifth generation of Elizabeth's family. Modern advances combine with traditional recipes & methods to a delicious outcome. We are proud of our five generations of bakers; we even make a fruit cake which pays homage to our family bakers past and present.

Generation Fruit Cake, made from a recipe handed down the generations

From Carts On The Cobbles...

...To present day, and you can now find:

  • Three shops and two Tea Rooms in Whitby: Skinner Street, Baxtergate & Enterprise Way
  • Shop in Sleights
  • Shop & Tea Room in Pickering
  • Brand-new 2024 bakehouse at Enterprise Way
  • Coming soon....NEW shop & Tea Room at Enterprise Way!

Skinner Street, circa 1920 ~ Skinner Street Shop & Tea Room is the fourth premises on the left

Skinner Street Shop & Tea Room present

The Botham Family ~ Past to Present

A lot has changed since Elizabeth established Botham's of Whitby in 1865, but one thing that firmly remains the same is family and baking are at the heart of all we do!

Botham family portrait at Stakesby Manor, Whitby, N.Yorks

Members of the Botham family with Civic Society guests unveiling blue plaque at Skinner Street Shop, 2014

Fourth generation family bakers Jo Botham and Liz Roberts on Whitby's West Cliff

Fifth generation family baker Lois Borrett making Whitby Lemon Buns with Sean Fletcher from BBC One's Countryfile

We hope you visit us soon!

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