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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 comes to Cromford

Huntley Green logoWe are delighted to be supplying a brand new 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

Job opportunities at the loaf in Crich

We currently have two exciting job opportunities at the loaf in Crich. The first is for a Shop Manager to run the Crich branch. We are looking for someone with an excellent customer focused outlook and with a confident and enthusiastic manner. It is essential that you can demonstrate previous experience in customer service and staff supervision and an ability to work flexibly and unsupervised or in a team. Previous retail and catering experience is also desirable for our busy environment.

Further details about this role can be found here.

Secondly we are looking for a new chef to take on and manage our busy kitchen in Crich. We are looking for someone who is keen to make the high quality of freshly produced food for which the loaf has an excellent reputation, whilst also bringing new ideas and developing new dishes to help drive the business forward.

You will be a self-starting individual, keen to run your own kitchen and manage the work of kitchen assistants. You will also enjoy contact with customers on a daily basis. As well as producing food for the delicatessen and cafe on a daily basis, there are also opportunities to produce menus for special events in the adjoining meeting and conference room.

Further details about this role can be found here.

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 2014

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

We have now published dates for courses all through 2014. 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.

Ideas for new courses

Andrew developed the French baking course to offer alongside yeasted doughs and sour doughs in 2013 but what else would you like to learn in 2014. Please 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 2 July it is Butternut squash (shaved), red pepper, caramelised onion and thyme.

I have added some new toppings to the list for the first half of 2014 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.

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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