Sourdough loaves

what we do

  • baking courses

    wet dough being kneaded

    so, you think you can bake ?

  • pizza night

    the loaf special pizza

    Wednesday night is pizza night!

  • wholesale

    the loaf van in the road

    want us to supply to your business with our bread ?

  • room hire

    the bake house set up for a function

    the ideal location for your next function

  • catering

    salad and a baguette on a plate

    whatever the occasion, we have you covered.

bread baking courses

Bread course items

If you are interested in baking and would like to learn new skills or brush up on what you know already, why not consider a course with Andrew Auld, the loaf's owner and head baker?

Before we start, make sure you're signed up to our bread baking courses newsletter... click here to follow the link and select 'courses'.

Give a bread-making course as a present... A perfect gift idea for a foody friend or relation might be a voucher for a bread baking course. Whether they are a beginner or a regular home-baker looking to improve their skills, they would love to be treated. For more information or to order a voucher, email Roger.

The courses Andrew offers a series of different courses, one covers standard yeasted doughs and is suitable for both beginners and those looking to hone their skills. The second is all about sourdoughs and you will get the most out of the course if you already have some experience working with bread doughs. The third is French baking.

For the more experienced...or the really keen! Andrew has developed 'Brot' a course all about German baking inspired by his time in Germany.

He has also started running a 'Breads of the North' course which covers crispbreads, blinis, oatbreads and a seeded rye.

The day will start at 9.30am with light refreshments. A light lunch is provided from the loaf's café next door and you will finish by around 5pm.The cost is £135 per person or £235 for two and includes all refreshments and ingredients. All equipment you will need is provided and everything you bake is yours to take home

All About The Dough (AATD): This one-day course aims to give beginners and those brushing up their skills an introduction to the different stages involved in making bread. It is hands-on and during the day you will mix three different doughs, learn about fermentation, try out different shaping techniques, drink coffee while your bread proves and experience the joy of getting your handiwork out of the oven. Next available date: Sunday 17 March 2019.

100% Sour:This is a one-day course aimed at home bakers who are interested in getting in to the exciting world of sourdough baking. Andrew's interest in bread started many years ago with standard yeasted doughs, but the passion needed to set up and run the loaf bakery was fully ignited when he started sourdough baking ten years ago. On the course you will learn about starting off and nurturing a sourdough leaven. You will work with three different sourdoughs including a white wheat/wholewheat/rye dough, a french baguette dough and a 100% rye sourdough. You will learn about working with wetter doughs, working with proving baskets, slashing the dough for the oven and getting good results in a domestic setting. Next available date: Sunday 24 March 2019.

French Baking: Experience the delight of making croissants from scratch, teasing perfect slashes out of your baguettes and tasting your own buttery brioche! Next available date: No date currently contact us if interested.

BROT - German baking:Inspired by a year in Germany and visits to German bakeries, Andrew has put together this course; to unveil the mysteries of those dark German ryes, including Pumpernickel bread; to help you know your dinkel from your roggen, your schrot from sauerteig; and to try your hand at the yeasted sweet delights of Zwiebelkuchen and Mohngebaeck. Next available date: No date currently contact us if interested.

Breads of the North:Covering the fascinating world of Northern European bread, Andrew has developed a course to include crispbreads from Sweden, Blinis from Russia, Scottish Oat bread and a seeded rye from Denmark - rich and deep in flavour, these breads form the perfect accompaniment to the strong flavours of gravadlax, caviar, haggis and pickled herring! Next available date: No date currently contact us if interested.

Course name Date Availability
All about the dough 17 March 2019 AVAILABLE
100% Sour 24 March 2019 AVAILABLE 

How to book: E-mail Roger, on . We ask for 100% payment of the course fee to secure your place on a course. This fee is non-refundable. If you cannot attend a booked course for any reason, you are responsible for finding a replacement or you will forfeit 100% of your course fee. If we had to cancel the course for any reason, we would offer you an alternative date or refund you in full. You can pay by cheque made out to 'The Bakehouse' or by bank transfer - just ask for details

Wednesday night is pizza night !

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 May 15, the special pizza will beSautéed fennel, taleggio cheese, pecorino, pine nuts and herbs.

Date Special pizza topping
22 May 2019 Buffalo Mozzarella Parma ham and fresh basil.
29 May 2019 Quattro formaggi (Gorgonzola, Mozzarella, Grana Padano and Goats cheese)
05 June 2019 Meat feast (Chicken, Chorizo, Ham, Prosciutto crudo, Chilli, Garlic and Mozzarella)
29 May 2019 Asparagus, Parma ham and Egg
12 June 2019 Wild mushroom, Spinach, Grana Padano and Truffle oil
19 June 2019 Caramelised onion, Goats cheese and Thyme.
26 June 2019 Apricot, Prosciutto crudo, sundried tomato and pecorino
03 July 2019 Beetroot, Feta and Honey.
10 July 2019 Duck, Hoisin sauce, Spring onion and sweet pickled cucumber.
17 July 2019 Chicken, Grilled courgette and Harissa 
24 July 2019 Beef, Rocket, Grana Padano and Truffle oil
31 July 2019 King prawn, Chilli, Garlic and Corriander 

You can see what I have got planned for the weekly special by looking just below at the schedule . If you have any suggestions for new pizzas to try, just drop me an email on ! 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..


Pizza Night Specials

June 2019


the loaf van

Here at the loaf we often get requests from cafés, delis and pubs asking whether we can supply bread to them... if you would like to make an enquiry, then simply contact us on

Here are a few wholesale FAQs answered to save you some time...

What do we sell? We sell real bread, nothing more nothing less - All of our breads have been fermented from between 4 and 48 hours, giving each loaf a unique flavour as well as tonnes of nutrients.

Is there a minimum order? In order to qualify for free delivery, we ask for a minimum order of £25, anything below that will cost £5 for delivery. Equally you can come and pick your order up from the bakery in Crich for no extra cost.

When do I have to get my order in by? Unfortunatley... we can't make bread appear out of thin air, so you have to give us plenty of notice because we mix our dough way in advance! 24 hours for yeasted breads, 48 hours for non-yeasted (e.g. Sourdough)

Do we do samples? Of course... have a look over our product list and let us know what you'd like to sample and we'll see what we can do...

Any other questions, or if you would like to make an enquiry, then contact us on

who sells our bread for us?

the loaf delivery van on the road!

Places that stock our bread for sale

If you fancy becoming a wholesale customer yourself... check out our FAQs and send us an enquiry

Of course our bread is available from our bakery in Crich every day... however here are other outlets where you can pick up our bread from







room hire

Picture of the bakehouse

At the bakehouse you have access to a multi functional space tailored for your needs. Fully modernised and part of the loaf bakery, cafe and deli, the bakehouse brings you a modern facility in a unique historical location. With you in mind the room is flexible to allow for meetings, training sessions, small conferences, and social groups and functions. The room can be tailored made to suit your requirements from a basic room hire package to a more defined hire including catering provision. Where independent trainers are operating with small groups of candidates (2 to 8 people) please email Roger on to enquire about room hire.

See our rates below


Bakehouse hire rates Price  
Full day £90  
Half Day £50  
Hourly  £18  
Coffee / Tea £3.50 Per person
Mid-morning catering £2.00 Per person
Afternoon catering £2.15 Per person
Lunch catering £7.50 Per person


Salad at the loaf

Whether you're having a birthday party, a wedding, engagement party or just a bit of a knees up... then why not leave the catering to us? We are proud to offer our loaf catering services, our fantastic team are always preparing home made dishes on a daily basis for our café, and we would love to make them part of your event. From Quiches and Salads, to Cake and Coffee - we have you covered ! Contact Roger on for more information and to discuss your request.