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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

Come and see Rog tread the boards!

Damn YankeesLocal amateur dramatic society, the Ripley and Alfreton Musical Theatre Company are delighted to be presenting a performance of Damn Yankees during Easter Week - and Rog is taking part! Visit the website and buy tickets here. It promises to be a great night out so do come along.


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 - Bakery Assistant

We are currently advertising for the part time position of Bakery Assistant at the bakery in Crich. This position is to assist the bakers on a daily basis and also involves sorting and packing bread for wholesale customers and markets. It is a part time position working daily from Tuesday to Saturday from 5am.

Further details and contact information for applications are on the Directgov website. Please send a CV and covering letter with your application.

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.

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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 9 April it is Sweet potato (shaved), gorgonzola, pecorino, pinenuts and sage.

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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