AN Alcester baker dubbed 'the Stephen Hawking of bread' has been honoured with a national award for his creations.

Nelson Mansfield of Butter Street Bakery was crowned runner-up for the West Midlands’ Bread Hero Award by the Tiptree World Bread Awards.

The national awards celebrate the people behind the loaves, from farmers and millers, to bakers and educators, with hundreds of nominations pouring in from across the country.

Nelson was praised for his pre-order and delivery scheme which he ran through lockdown to help vulnerable people access high quality freshly baked food.

One of his nominators said: "Nelson is quite simply a magician. The joy he brings to our little town and beyond is immeasurable.

"I had never tasted sourdough before I found the bakery, and now I can't imagine a Friday without having a piece toasted with my midday cuppa!"

The popular baker also runs an artisan baking school where he shares his skills with baking fans of all ages and abilities.

One fan who nominated Nelson said: "Nelson is one of the most knowledgeable people about bread and sourdough. It's like being with the Stephen Hawking of the bread.”

Stephen Hallam, chairman of the judges said: "All the nominees in this year’s awards truly deserve recognition for their generous, considerate and often altruistic initiatives to help others."