6 Must-Visit Bakehouses in Yorkshire

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Whether it’s a simple crusty loaf or a proper showstopper of a cake, we can more than hold our own in any bake-off

Bondgate Bakery
30 Bondgate, Otley LS21 1AD
01943 467516
www.bondgatebakery.com

Since 1984, these bakers have spread dough-based joy across West Yorkshire – they’ve won more awards for their organic, slow-fermented, locally-sourced breads than you can shake a crusty loaf at, and they do gluten-free bread on Friday and Saturday too. Plus: they do more than 20 – 20! – varieties of quiche.

Bluebird Bakery
Talbot Yard Food Court, Malton YO17 7FT
Little Shambles, York YO1 7LY
Kirkgate Market, 28–34 George Street, Leeds LS2 7HY
01904 627706
www.bluebirdbakery.co.uk

Al and Nicky Kippax’s mini-empire of bakeries has just expanded, adding a Leeds base to their York and Malton shops. Reliably excellent baked goods – the product of years of experience, progressing from overnight baking sessions in their York home kitchen to a fully-fledged business –  are up and down the menu here, but the seven-seeder sourdough’s the star of the show.

Bradford Bakery
Market Pavilion, 1 Rawson Place, Bradford BD1 3QQ
07891 083696
www.facebook.com/artisanbaker

You know the dream lifestyle, where you get up in the late morning, amble down the road to your local bakery and sup a freshly-brewed coffee while tearing a hunk off an apple and cinnamon sweet bun? About as close as you’re going to get to that without uprooting your family to the south of France can be found in Bradford. Sweet treats and savoury bakes as far as the eye can see.

YO Bakehouse
12–14 Market Street, 
Malton YO17 7LY
01653 691875
www.yobakehouse.com

Sweet and savoury bakes abound here – think brownies, scones, quiches, and fresh fruit tarts – as well as locally-roasted coffee, light lunches and afternoon teas. If you can leave without having eaten so many of their famous hot cross buns that you can’t walk properly, you’re stronger than us.

Forge Bakehouse
302 Abbeydale Road, 
Sheffield S7 1FL
0114 258 8987
www.forgebakehouse.co.uk

This small artisan bakery in Sheffield (which also dabbles in the restaurant scene with pop-up pizza nights) is holding out in a crowded market full of identikit Greggs, and is helping ensure that the pigs at Heeley City Farm are among the best-fed swine in Britain by donating their unsold bread to the farm. It’s a crime though that any of their stuff would go to waste: a bite of a baguette made here will make you realise why they call bread the staff of life.

Haxby Bakehouse
8 Ryedale Court, Haxby, 
York YO32 3SA
01904 765878
www.haxbybakehouse.co.uk

Philip Clayton’s bread and pastries are not your standard supermarket fare: deep, dark crusts and crumb that has a healthy tang of sourdough, and the provenance of being made by organic flour from Yorkshire’s own Millers and Matthews. They bake from Tuesday to Saturday, and are always trying out new bakes that they broadcast through their Instagram feed.

Published in: July 2017

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