Red Lion is the oldest indigenous bakery in Sierra Leone that has survived the times, spanning more than seven decades of providing quality bread to Sierra Leoneans. Since 1944, we have produced and sold a singular item — bread — in various configurations: as a joint venture (between Mr. and Mrs. E.J.E. Ashwood until 1974); as a sole proprietorship (under Mrs. Ethel Ashwood until 1988); as a partnership, and later as a registered company limited by shares amongst the four daughters of E.J.E. & Ethel Ashwood through May 2014, when the business closed down temporarily due to the Ebola epidemic, and following the deaths of two of the four daughters of E.J.E. & Ethel Ashwood in July 2013 and March 2014.
The business has always been the pride of the family and has provided a solid education for all children and by extension, grandchildren of E.J.E. and Ethel Ashwood. Today, it is co-owned and managed by Cyril Grant & Michelle Jones (grandchildren of E.J.E & Ethel Ashwood) who have since November 30, 2015 restored the production and sale of Red Lion Bread.
With a solid brand name and commitment to Ethel Ashwood’s vision and desire, the registered partnership of Grant & Jones continues to invest in the business and in the tradition of excellence in breadmaking. At Red Lion Bakery, we knead the bread you need. Try us … none better!