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The Real Bread Campaign

Halcyon Cottage, self-catering hols

Crich, United Kingdom
Set in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside in the village of Crich, this cosy 200 year old cottage, with its 2 up 2 down design, is an ideal base for walking, climbing, cycling, exploring and sigh...
Accommodation in Crich

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

Andrew gets published

Cover of the new Slow Dough bread recipe book, click to enlargeWe are very excited that the Real Bread Campaign has published a brand new recipe book pulling together recipes from over 60 bakers of long-fermentation, real bread recipes and our very own recipe for 100% Spelt sourdough is among those to be published!

The book published on Thursday 15 September during Sourdough September and Andrew was at the launch! Copies are available in the shop in Crich or from the Real Bread campaign website.


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.

No Pizza night on 21 September or 5 October

We are sorry but there will be no pizza night on either Wednesday 21 September or Wednesday 5 October. However pizza nights happening as normal around those dates...see details of the weekly specials on the pizza page.

Course dates released for 2017

There is now limited availability for courses during the rest of 2016. However, we have now published details of courses into mid 2017. 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.

Courses for the more advanced

Andrew developed a new course to cover German baking, having lived there for a year and recently visited three German bakeries. All details are on the courses page. He is also running the new 'Breads of the North' course again in 2017. If you have any further suggestions, just with any ideas you have for new courses you would like to see.

Latest news

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.

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

Wirksworth Farmers' Market, Wirksworth Memorial Hall and Gardens, DE4 4DS - first Saturday of the month, 9am - 1pm

Belper Farmers' Market, Market Square, Belper - second Saturday of the month, 9am - 2pm

Leek Fine Food Market, Market Place, Leek - third Saturday of the month, 9am - 2pm

Bakewell Farmers' Market, Agricultural Business Centre, Bakewell - last Saturday of the month, 9am - 2pm

Bakewell Weekly Stall Market, Market Place and Granby Road, Bakewell - every Monday, 8.00am - 1pm

Wirksworth Weekly Stall Market, Market Place, Wirksworth - every Tuesday, 8.30am - 1pm

Matlock Weekly stall market, Hall Leys Park, Matlock - every Wednesday, 9am - 2pm

Burton Weekly stall market, Marketplace, Burton - every 1st, 4th and 5th Thursday, 8.30am - 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

Wednesday night is pizza night

enjoying a family night with pizza

Come and enjoy delicious fresh pizzas either in the comfort of the café or to take away. We are open from 6pm until 9pm every Wednesday.

Tempt your taste buds with a delicious special pizza which changes every week. On Wednesday 21 September there is NO PIZZA NIGHT.

You can see all the weekly specials and plan ahead by looking on the pizza menu page. If you have any suggestions for new pizzas to try, 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