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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: Tuesday - Friday 8am - 5pm. Saturday 8.30am - 4.30pm. Sunday 9am - 4.30pm-Monday Closed

Crich telephone: 01773 857074

Derbyshire wildlife trust open day at the loaf

Derbyshire wildlife trust poster

On Saturday 19th May, we will be hosting our charity of the year, the Derbyshire wildlife trust team from our bakehouse room next door to the cafe, this is an opportunity for you to meet the team and for them to show you some of the work you can get involved in!

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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.

Courses booking fast in 2018

Though we have published the details of courses into 2018, demand has been high, and places are booking up fast. We will be releasing dates for the summer of 2018 but make sure you enquire as soon as possible to get your name on the list. 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 with any ideas you have for new courses you would like to see.

we love hearing what you think

Whether it's pizza night, the cafè or just generally anything you would like to suggest to us, then simply send an email to Andy, our marketing assistant on with any ideas you have.

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

With our two vans we both deliver bread to other businessses to sell or to use in their food menus, and we attend many local markets and events.

Regularly we are at:


Bakewell Weekly Stall Market, Market Place and Granby Road, Bakewell - 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

Thursday markets vary, please read below for more detail…

Ashbourne Weekly stall market, Civic Square (between Waitrose and the library), Ashbourne - every 1st, 4th and 5th Thursday , 8.30am - 2pm

Chesterfield Farmers' Market, Marketplace, Chesterfield - 2nd Thursday of the month , 9am - 3pm

Derby Farmers' Market, Marketplace, Derby- 3rd Thursday of the month, 9am - 2pm

Saturday markets also vary…
1st Saturday of the month

Brampton Food Market, Brampton Road, Chesterfield - 10am - 2pm

Wirksworth Farmers' Market, Wirksworth Memorial Hall and Gardens, DE4 4DS, 9am - 1pm

2nd Saturday of the month

Belper Farmers' Market, Market Square, Belper 9am - 2pm

3rd Saturday of the month

Chesterfield Fine Food Market, Market Place, Chesterfield -9am - 2pm

last Saturday of the month

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

Let us do the cooking for you and book a table at our pizza night on Wednesdays !

enjoying a family night with pizza

Wednesday night is pizza night

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 30 May, the special pizza is Leaf beet, purple sprouting broccoli, bacon, garlic, mozarella and pesto

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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