the family business
The Red Hill Baker is an entirely family run business in Balnarring on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula.
Ray and Jill Johns took over the in 2001.
Daughters Jess, a qualified baker and pastry chef joined full time in 2006 and Lucy, a Chartered Accountant joined in 2014.
From 2001, the business grew slowly with the addition of a coffee machine and a wider selection of bread - now made from scratch using traditional methods. The pie recipes were overhauled to include slowly braised pie fillings with trans-fat free pastry. This started the revolution in pie sales!
We are still a family owned and run business, we love serving our customers everyday - both locals and visitors, we look forward to seeing you in store soon!
baking & music
In the beginning, Ray was the sole Baker and started at 1.00 am and finished around 1.00 p.m. seven days a week.
The team has now grown to include several bakers, pastry chefs, chefs and kitchen hands. Along with our service staff and the rest of our team, we are able to serve our customers every day of the year (closing only on Christmas Day).
Ray's other passion is music! Our famous Sunday Afternoon Jazz sessions have been a Balnarring institution since 2011. The cafe turns into a live music venue where you can enjoy some jazz, while indulging in our local wines.
Our family-run bakery is a place where creativity, fun and passion meet attention to detail. From our fresh-baked bread and much-loved pies to our decadent cakes and take-home meals, everything we make is crafted with joy, using locally-sourced ingredients.
We love our food, and we care deeply about the environment too. We're a plastic-free bakery and use bio bags for our bread. We offer discounts on coffee for people using their own cups. Our coffee grinds go to locals for fertiliser, and any leftovers are given to a wildlife rescue instead of going to landfill.