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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

Crich telephone: 01773 857074

Christmas orders

HollyChristmas isn't far away and it is time to be thinking about what breads you would like to order from us for over the festive period. Order forms are now available at the shop to pick up and complete or you can download a copy here. Please make sure you return your completed form to us by Thursday 18 December.


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

More information about Crich.

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, 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

Christmas opening times

Our opening hours are as follows over the Christmas and New Year period:

Saturday 20 December - open as normal

Sunday 21 December - CLOSED

Monday 22 December - CLOSED

Tuesday 23 December - open as normal, orders for bread recommended

Wednesday 24 December - open 8am - 1pm, bread to order only, no caf service

Thursday 25 December - Monday 29 December - CLOSED

Tuesday 30 December - open as normal, bread orders recommended

Wednesday 31 December - open 8am - 3pm, normal caf service, bread orders only

Thursday 1 January - CLOSED

Friday 2 January - CLOSED

Saturday 3 January onwards - open as normal

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 10 December it is Minced lamb, crushed chickpeas, chard, pecorino cheese, blueberries and fresh mint.

Please note that the last pizza night of 2014 is 10 December and the first of 2015 is Wednesday 29 January.

I will soon be publishing weekly special toppings for 2015 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.

realbread loaf mark