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The Real Bread Campaign

Halcyon cottage

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

It's Advent! Time to order bread for Christmas.

Mince PiesWe hope you are enjoying the run up to Christmas. We have plenty of goodies to tempt you in the shop and coffee to sooth any Christmas panics. Also, don't forget to order your bread...here is this year's order form.

Welcome

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.

Gift ideas at the loaf

Christmas Cake and hampers

We have hampers to suit coffee lovers, tea lovers, confectionery lovers...or just lovers!

We have bread making equipment, the new baking book 'Slow Dough' from the Real Bread Campaign and a bag of dusty flour if you are feeling generous!

We have cheeses from all over...including our lovely Derbyshire Cheeses from Hartington and Hathersage but not forgetting Cropwell Bishop Stilton from just over the border in Nottinghamshire.

And of course, we have Christmas Cakes and Christmas Puddings as well as lots of baked treats from the bakery - Lebkuchen, Biscotti, Marzipan Stollen and lots more.

We also have chocolate from I Should Cocoa made just down the road by the lovely Sid.

Oh, and we do bake bread right up to Christmas Eve too! So, don't forget to order your bread...here is this year's order form.

Chocolates from I Should CocoaChristmas puddings from the loafA hamper full of sweet treats

Courses booking fast in 2017

Though we have now published details of courses into mid 2017, demand has been so high that places are booking up fast. We will be releasing more dates soon but make sure you enquire as soon as possible to get your name on the lists. 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 email andrew@theloaf.co.uk 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.

Subscribe to our Newsletters

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 - or it will be again at the end of January!

No more pizza niges until Wednesday 25 January. However you can see what I have got planned for the weekly special 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.

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