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 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.Tweet
On Friday 1 March Andrew was really pleased to be able to take bread to the first farmer's market at Brassington Primary School as part of the Soil Association School Farmer's Market initiative.
It was really fun event with all the children at the school helping out. Thanks in particular to Finn and Kieran who were the two helpers looking after the loaf stall and our customers. They were brilliant! There are some great pictures on the Derby Telegraph site including this one here.
We hope to be at more of these School Farmer's Markets later in the year. Watch this space for details.
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.
You can also follow us on twitter or facebook.
Try the new online shopping service, DE4 Food. Simple to use, it gives you the opportunity to select a range of different products like meats, cheeses, bread, fruit and vegetables and groceries. Like an online supermarket, but with all the products locally produced, it is a convenient way of doing your weekly shop. Bread from the loaf is available every week through this site.
Further to high demand, we have found an extra date in June for the yeasted doughs course. 'All about the dough' is perfect for beginners and those wishing to hone their skills. We have also added a date in August for the Sourdough course, '100% Sour'. 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.
Andrew has developed a new course to offer during 2013 alongside yeasted doughs and sour doughs - French Baking. Experience the delight of making croissants from scratch, teasing perfect slashes out of your baguettes and tasting your own buttery brioche!
The new space that we have in the bakery means that we can attend many more markets and events such as the Baslow Food Fair pictured.
Regularly we are at:
Brampton Food Fair, Brampton Road, Chesterfield - first Saturday of the month
Belper Farmers' Market, Market Square, Belper - second Saturday of the month
Matlock Farmers' Market, Hall Leys Park, Matlock - third Saturday of the month
Bakewell Farmers' Market, Agricultural Business Centre, Bakewell - last Saturday of the month
Mansfield Farmers' Market, Market Place, Mansfield - third Tuesday of the month
Chesterfield Farmers' Market, Marketplace, Chesterfield - second Thursday of the month
Derby Farmers' Market, Marketplace, Derby - third Thursday of the month
Ashbourne Farmers' Market, Marketplace, Ashbourne - fourth Thursday of the month
Chesterfield Friday Market, Marketplace, Chesterfield - every Friday
Baslow Food Fair, Baslow village hall - Sundays every 6-8 weeks.
Tempt your taste buds with a delicious special pizza which changes every week. On Wednesday 22 May it is Sauteed fennel, tallegio cheese, pecorino, pine nuts and herbs.
I have added some new toppings to the list for the first half of 2013 so check out what I am planning 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.
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.
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.