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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

the loaf bread in Cromford

Huntley Green logoWe are delighted to supply bread to the lovely Deli/Café in Cromford called Huntley Green. It is just on the Market Place where the chemists used to be. Do drop in and sample some of their delicious fayre and, of course, pick up one of our loaves - fresh every day! Read more on Huntley Green's facebook page.


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

Matlock closure

Every business, in order to grow and remain healthy, has to make difficult choices from time to time. Rog and I have recently been facing such a difficult choice. And we have come to the hard decision to close our Matlock Green branch.

We will be trading from Matlock Green for three more weeks, closing our doors for the final time on Saturday 22 November. During that time, it will be business as usual and we will be delighted to see as many of our Matlock customers as possible during that time to give us a chance to thank you for your custom and to let you know how you can continue to get hold of bread from the loaf.

Charlie and Sam will continue to serve you in the loaf, Matlock until we close and we would like to thank them for their hard work in our business.

Bread supply in Matlock

Though our own premises in Matlock Green are closing on 22 November, our commitment to make bread from the loaf available in the town is as strong as ever. The weekly market in Hall Leys Park on a Wednesday goes from strength to strength and Andrew Binder will continue to bring bread, scones and pastries to that right through the winter and beyond. Just make sure you get there in good time - we do sell out early most weeks! Andrew is happy to take regular orders for bread and will have a form available for you to complete with a regular order from this week.

We also attend the monthly Farmers' Market in Matlock on the third Saturday of the month - also in Hall Leys Park. Again, Mark will be delighted to take any regular orders you may have to make sure you get the bread you would like.

Finally, we would be very happy to consider any further options for supplying bread in Matlock. So if you have any suggestions, please get in touch.

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

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

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

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 29 October it is Caramelised onion, plum, prosciutto crudo and goat's cheese.

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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