The history of Paul is the story of one family’s love of good food and passionate commitment to the best traditional baking methods over more than 100 years. In 1889, a small local bakery opened in Croix near Lille in Northern France. Four generations later the Paul () name is known throughout France and, increasingly, around the world.
Charlemagne Mayot and his wife were the proprietors of that first small shop in Croix. The business passed down the female line of the family until Charlemagne’s granddaughter, Suzanne, married Julien Holder. They took over another local bakery in Lille called Paul. Because the name was well-known and respected, they decided to keep it.
When Julien died in 1958, his son Francis took over the business. Francis had trained in all aspects of patisserie and baking, and bread-making was always his first love. When he took control of Paul, he maintained the traditional, labour-intensive methods of bread-making that had been handed down through the family since the 19th Century, deliberately bucking the trend of factory mass-production, and ALWAYS insisting on the best quality ingredients. He believes the French make the best bread in the world, and Paul's success, both nationally and internationally, suggests that his customers agree.
Francis is still Chairman of Paul today and his vision and drive have ensured that his sons, David and Maxime, have joined him in managing a very substantial and much-loved business. Last year, in the UK alone, Paul served 777,504 retail customers, 160,563 covers in their two café restaurants, sold 125,821 Flûtes, 142,821 400 gram loaves, 120,299 croissants, 27,880 strawberry tartelettes, 63,218 capuccinos, 16,723 large fruit tartes and used over 168,075 kilos of Camp Rémy flour to make its white bread. Lets hope their new journey into the Far East with their first store in Singapore now open at Ngee Ann City, will be a similar success!
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Conscious coffee. Gratifying global comfort food. Delectable café dining by day, handcrafted cocktails by night - all set to a sublime soundtrack.
Oriole Café & Bar makes a great destination for all-day casual dining and drinks. Here, diners can indulge in affordable “global comfort food”, matched by an extensive bar menu of quality coffee beverages and cocktails. Owner Keith Loh, opened Oriole because he is an avid coffee lover and saw an opportunity for an all-day café and bar – akin to those in Europe – which offers quality coffee beverages and cocktails.
Spurred on by his passion, Keith came in first at the Singapore National Barista Championships (SNBC) in February 2010 and was second place in 2008. John Ting (SNBC 1st ’09, ’08), is currently manager of coffee operations at Oriole Coffee Roasters. Together, they have created a thoughtful selection of quality coffee beverages, featuring a choice of Oriole’s espresso blend or seasonal single origins.
“I hope that by serving quality ‘honest’ coffee at our outlets by dedicated, professional and properly-trained baristas, we can fill this niche in the café market in Singapore,” says Keith. Apart from the regular espresso, macchiato and cappuccino, coffee lovers will be delighted with other Oriole specials - which are double ristretto servings of the Oriole espresso blend, as well as some of their winning coffee creations. The full bar menu also carries a variety of teas, milkshakes, sodas, juices, beers, wines and Oriole’s signature cocktails, so guests can pop in anytime during the day for a quick cuppa or tipple.
Besides its substantial drinks list, the spacious dining café is the ideal place for breezy lunches, quick coffee breaks and relaxed dinners. Oriole has a warm and inviting ambience, featuring dazzling brass chandeliers, leather-upholstered booth seats, and a long marble-top bar counter. In the evening, Oriole morphs into a chic and lively watering hole that serves up specialty cocktails and an eclectic music selection.