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8 of the best bread-makers in Derbyshire and the Peak District

15:42 01 October 2015

Live, Love, Loaf

Live, Love, Loaf

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Nothing beats the smell of freshly-baked bread and these local bakeries all hand-craft their own delicious varieties

Freshly-made bread, Spondon BakeryFreshly-made bread, Spondon Bakery

Spondon Bakery

‘Baked in Derbyshire - with a hint of the Greek islands’ is an apt description for this charming bakery, run by Sally and Vagelis Giakalis. Sally married her husband after a Shirley Valentine-style romance while she was working as a holiday representative in Greece. He comes from a long line of bakers and since opening in 2012, the shop has won a host of awards and has appeared on ITV’s Britain’s Best Bakery. The bakery is all about fresh food with zero food miles and virtually no carbon footprint, and the bakery only stocks items when they are in season. The shops’s vast offering includes dozens of varieties of breads, cakes and pastries plus traditional Greek food - all freshly-made on the premises. Spondon Bakery, 7 Moor Street, Spondon, Derby DE21 7E, 01332 678366, www.facebook.com/SpondonBakery

The Loaf, Crich

All bread sold at this busy and vibrant artisan bakery, delicatessen and café in Crich is freshly-made each day. From traditional loaves to more distinctive continental and artisan breads, there are no fewer than 17 different varieties to choose from – including spelt and seed sourdough, barm bread with ale, rye with pumpkin seed and orange, rosemary filone and dark rye, plus delights such as schwarzbrot, borodinsky rye and rugbrod, which are available on selected days. All products are free from additives and preservatives. For the keen bread-maker, The Loaf also holds bread-making courses. Victoria House, The Common, Crich, near Matlock DE4 5BH, 01773 857074, www.theloaf.co.uk

Baked, Derby

Located in Derby’s historic Cathedral Quarter, Baked is the city’s only artisan bakery and cafe. Self-taught bakers Victoria Bate and Garry Baker make everything from scratch using traditional methods and the bakery’s varied offering includes speciality loaves such as spelt, chorizo bread with chilli and cheese and St Stephen’s beer bread, created with beer from the Rowditch Inn on Uttoxeter New Road. The bakery’s modern café is an ideal place to enjoy handmade cakes, home-cooked food, speciality coffee and loose-leaf teas. 16 The Strand, Cathedral Quarter, Derby DE1 1BE, www.baked-derby.com

Live Love Loaf, Leek

This artisan bakery, in the heart of Leek town centre, sells a delicious variety of freshly-baked bread, as well as a selection of homemade cakes and pastries. Every loaf is made from scratch using traditional methods and long fermentation times, to create great-tasting loaves that are healthier and easily digested. Stone-ground organic flour is used in all products and where possible, the bakery uses organic and Fairtrade ingredients. Flavoured breads include ale and walnut cobs; tomato, onion seed and rosemary bread; garlic, rosemary and sea salt focaccia and apricot, Stilton and walnut focaccia. Live Love Loaf, 3 Bath Street, Leek ST13 6JQ, www.liveloveloaf.net

Luke Evans, Alfreton

This family firm of craft bakers have been specialists in their field since 1804. A team of fully-trained bakers operate 24 hours a day turning out delicious breads, a fine range of cakes and mouth-watering savoury products. Cheesy farmhouse ovals, crusty tennis cobs, French sticks and country grain squares are amongst the tempting selection on offers. Luke Evans currently supplies around 300 wholesale and trade customers around the region and customers can visit the main bakery site on Green Hill Lane, Riddings, Alfreton DE55 4AS, 01773 602764, www.lukeevans.co.uk

Jacksons the Bakers, Chesterfield

Jacksons has been producing high quality craft bakery goods since 1944. Products are made using the firm’s own unique recipes, some of which have been handed down through generations, and using only the finest ingredients – including non-hydrogenated fats and free-range eggs. The bakery continues in the fine family traditions started by Cyril Jackson in the 1940s and is now run by Cyril’s great-nephew, Trevor Jackson and his wife Jane. Bread is baked in the early hours of the morning using quality flour, fresh yeast and water. There are over 200 different types, shapes and sizes of bread in total and products are available as wholesale. At the front of the factory is the cafe and shop which is open to the public, and there is an ‘olde-worlde’ shop just off Chesterfield Market Place. jacksonsthebakers.co.uk

Birds

Since 1919, this well-known family bakers has been a leading light on the region’s bakery scene. With over 56 shops to choose from in the area, Birds creates delicious fresh breads and rolls made on the premises, cooked meats, pies, savoury treats and confectionary items. If you’re visiting at lunchtime, try one of their freshly-made sandwiches. birdsbakery.com

Welbeck Farm Shop, Worksop

Just over the county border in Worksop, Welbeck Farm Shop sources top quality produce from across the region. Amongst the variety of products available – including meats, chocolate, cheeses and beer from the Welbeck Estate – the farm shop stocks delicious, freshly-baked bread from Welbeck Bakehouse. The Bakehouse prides itself on using traditional fermentation processes, pre-ferments and long fermentations that are used to develop its great tasting loaves. Choices include aromatic and chewy sourdough, traditional loaves, continental breads and mouth-watering Viennoiserie varieties – a French term for treats made with a sweet dough and yeast. Worksop, Notts S80 3LW, 01909 478725, www.welbeckbakehouse.co.uk

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