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The Real Bread Campaign

Crich opening hours: Monday Closed - Bread available at Crich Butchers. Tuesday - Friday 8am - 5pm. Saturday 8.30am - 4.30pm. Sunday 9am - 4.30pm

Matlock opening hours: Monday Closed. Tuesday - Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm. Saturday 9am - 4pm. Sunday Closed

Crich telephone: 01773 857074

Matlock telephone: 01629 583332

Sourdough September

Sourdough September logoWe are delighted to be involved in the Real Bread Campaign's Sourdough September campaign. Our bakers will be baking nine new sourdough recipes during the ninth month for you to try. There will be tastings and special menus on in the cafés. And Andrew is running one of his sourdough baking courses. Read more on the blog and watch this space for the latest.


Welcome to the loaf. We are a busy and vibrant artisan bakery, delicatessen and café in Crich and also a branch in Matlock, Derbyshire.

More information about Crich.

More information about Matlock including location and parking information.

We sell a wide range of specialist bakery products, home made café food and deli-style groceries. We make bread, cakes, pizzas, pies, quiches, salads, hot and cold snacks, soups and a whole load more deliciously irresistible, top-quality goodies. Most of what we serve is made from scratch and contains no additives or preservatives.

As well as being able to visit us in Crich and Matlock, we also regularly attend a number of markets and food fairs. There is a full list of events on the blog and you can also keep up to date with what's coming up for the loaf by looking at the calendar on the news page.

Latest news

Job opportunity - Kitchen Assistant/Apprentice Kitchen Assistant

We are either looking for someone who is keen to start a career in the catering industry by being an Apprentice Kitchen Assistant or we are looking for an experienced person wanting to continue their career in catering as Kitchen Assistant at our busy Crich Café. The full job description and details of how to apply are on the blog.

If interested in the role as an apprentice, this is an opportunity, alongside a formal college course in catering, to learn how to produce scratch made food from fresh ingredients, work in a busy kitchen, serve customers in a friendly and well used café and start a career in a fun and exciting industry. The applicant will be undertaking a college course at a local catering in a catering related course. The job includes provision for one day a week day release to study at college.

If not applying as an apprentice, the job is around 30 hours a week across four shifts. Currently these days are Thursday to Sunday. Please detail relevant experience in your application.

Job opportunity - Pizza night assistant

We are also looking for a Pizza Night Assistant to join our friendly team on our busy Pizza Night every Wednesday. The successful applicant will work a 7 hour shift from 4pm until 11pm every Wednesday. There is some potential to work extra hours in the business on a cover basis if required and if desired. The role will require the ability to work in the shop/cafe and assist in preparing and serving food for service during the Pizza Night. The role also involves washing up and clearing down during and at the end of the shift to prepare the shop for the following day's trade.

We need flexible people with a customer focused outlook and a confident and outgoing personality. Shop and catering experience is desirable for our busy environment. For more information and how to apply, see the blog.

You can keep up with the latest news about our business and look at a calendar of events coming up on the news page.

There is also a regularly updated blog and an email newsletter which you can sign up for.

The latest newsletter contains information about the new menu, Pizza nights, bread baking demonstrations and courses, new products to try and much more.

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You can also follow us on google+, twitter or facebook.

New course dates published for 2015

Why not get someone a bread-baking voucher as a present?

We have now published dates for courses through the first half of 2015. All details about the content of the courses and booking information are on the courses page. Including details about buying a voucher to give to a friend or family member as a lovely sustainable gift.

Two NEW courses for 2015

Andrew has been working on a new course to cover German baking, having lived there for a year and recently visited two German bakeries. All details are on the courses page. He is also putting the finishing touches to a 'Breads of the North' course for later in the year. If you have any further suggestions, just with any ideas you have for new courses you would like to see.

Upcoming events

The loaf van with Rog at the wheel

Now that we have a van (pictured), and with the extra space that we have in the bakery, we can attend many more markets and events.

Regularly we are at:

Brampton Food Market, Brampton Road, Chesterfield - first Saturday of the month, 10am - 2pm

Belper Farmers' Market, Market Square, Belper - second Saturday of the month, 9am - 2pm

Matlock Farmers' Market, Hall Leys Park, Matlock - third Saturday of the month, 9am - 2pm

Bakewell Farmers' Market, Agricultural Business Centre, Bakewell - last Saturday of the month, 9am - 2pm

Mansfield Farmers' Market, Market Place, Mansfield - third Tuesday of the month, 9am - 4pm

Chesterfield Farmers' Market, Marketplace, Chesterfield - second Thursday of the month, 9am - 3pm

Derby Farmers' Market, Marketplace, Derby - third Thursday of the month, 9am - 2pm

Ashbourne Farmers' Market, Marketplace, Ashbourne - fourth Thursday of the month, 9.30am - 3pm

Buxton Fine Food Fair, Bottom of the Slopes, Buxton - last Friday of the month, 9am - 4pm.

Don't forget to book for Pizza night

enjoying a family night with pizza

Weekly special pizza

Tempt your taste buds with a delicious special pizza which changes every week. On Wednesday 20 August it is Puttanesca - Cherry tomato, anchovies, capers and kalamata olives.

The list of special pizza toppings that I am planning for the rest of the year is on the pizza menu page. If you have any suggestions, just drop me an email!

We are regularly fully booked, so do phone to reserve your table if you fancy a pleasant evening of good food and convivial company. View the pizza menu here and though we don't have a licence, you are welcome to 'bring your own'. Call 01773 857074 to book a table or order a takeaway pizza.

Healthy bread at the loaf

If you have ever wondered how healthy bread at the loaf is, then I have written this blog entry in response to a recent newspaper article. I aim to highlight just how healthy the bread we bake is. In essence, all you need to know is that our bread is deliciously tasty, very digestible and 100% additive-free.

Real Bread loaf mark

We are delighted to have signed up to the Real Bread Campaign's 'Loaf Mark' scheme. As a way of making sure that bread-buying customers across the country can identify bakers who are baking real bread - bread made without artificial additives or processing aids - there is now a stamp of assurance, the loaf mark, for you to look out for.

At the loaf, we are proud that every single loaf we produce meets the Real Bread Campaign's definition of 'real bread' so we can use the loaf mark for all the bread we sell. Look out for it at the loaf and in other bakeries across the country.

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