It's Sourdough September and great bread has never been easier to find across the North East and Yorkshire. From long-standing, family-run favourites to artisanal newcomers, here's where to head for great loaves, buns and rolls – perfect for celebrating.
This Northumberland bakery produces a range of classic and artisan breads in all shapes and sizes – you need to try their beer bread made using ale from neighbouring Allendale Brewery. They also make delicious buns, biscuits and cakes, and you can learn to make your own delicious loaves on one of their popular bread making courses.
Sparty Lea, Allendale, Hexham NE47 9US
01434 685047 www.allendalebakery.com
Bread and Roses
They’re specialists in rye sourdough breads here; pick up specialist loaves like a Borodinsky or black pumpernickel as well as more populist breads. Stockists across the region include The Jolly Fisherman in Craster, The Ship Inn at Low Newton and The Good Life Shop in Wooler, and they’re regulars at both Hexham and Alnwick farmers’ markets.
9 The Square, Powburn, Alnwick NE66 4HL
01665 578125 www.breadandroses.co.uk
The French Oven
The produce from this award- winning bakery in the Grainger Market is lovingly crafted by its six bakers, who have over 150 years’ experience in the trade between them. The bread, pasties, pies, scones and other sweet delights they make are, on the other hand, as fresh as a daisy and delicious to boot.
Unit 27 Grainger Arcade, Newcastle NE1 5JQ
07921 082953 www.frenchoven.co.uk
This family-run business supplies bread, artisan bread, pastries and other tasty treats to retailers throughout the North East and beyond. Don’t worry, you can buy from them direct, either via their online gourmet pie shop and at the various shows, markets and festivals they regularly attend. Did you know they are the UK’s only producer of traditional New Zealand pies?
Kingston Park, Newcastle NE3 2EF
0191 286 9375 www.geordiebakers.co.uk
The Great Northumberland Bread Company
The artisan breads, sourdoughs, brioche and other treats supplied by The Great Northumberland Bread Company are baked in their unique wood-fired oven, which is fuelled with wood from the Ford and Etal Estate. And the result is simply delicious. They also run baking courses on an ad hoc basis.
Letham Hill Farmhouse, Etal, Cornhill-on-Tweed TD12 4TP
01890 820562 www.greatnorthumberlandbread.co.uk
Mary Lambert Bakery and Cafe
It’s a café and a chippy that also makes delicious artisan bread and delicious home-baked treats, which you can enjoy in the shop or order online. Try their artisan bread sampler basket – two classic sourdoughs, two chia loaves and six chia rolls for only a tenner, with free local delivery.
1 Villiers Street, Hartlepool TS26 9DD
01429 279077 www.mary-lambert.co.uk
Pink Lane Bakery
This is the bakery responsible for the delicious treats available at Settle Down Café, which is just round the corner. Pop into the shop and chat to the bakers busy making sourdough breads, spelt loaves, cinnamon buns, cakes – including vegan and wheat free varieties, and delicious savouries.
Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DY
0191 261 0606 www.facebook.com/pinklbakery/
Trotters Family Bakers
This much-loved family business has come a long way since it started in 1969. It now boasts six shops across Northumberland and the Scottish Borders, each serving freshly baked bread, pies, pastries and cakes – all made with recipes that haven’t changed in 30 years.
32–36 Main Street, Seahouses NE68 7RQ
55 Bondgate Within, Alnwick NE66 1HZ
Queen Street, Amble NE65 0DD
54 High Street, Coldstream TD12 4AS
50 Market Square, Duns TD11 3BX
5 Market Place, Wooler NE71 6LF
01665 721573 www.trottersfamilybakers.co.uk
This funky little café has a garnered an enviable reputation for its delicious soups, salads and sandwiches. And, of course, its bread and home baking, which includes sourdough, delicious buttermilk cheese scones, homemade pies – including vegetarian and vegan options – opera cake and cream horns. They even sell bags of homemade pizza dough.
10b Beaconsfield Road, Gateshead NE9 5EU
0191 487 1771 urban-bakery-bakery.business.site/
Artisan Baking Community
Artisan Baking Community is a social enterprise bakery designed to deliver training and opportunities across the areas of employability, social inclusion, health and sustainability in north east communities. They work collaboratively with many partners including universities, communities, businesses and individuals developing scale ale and sustainable food projects.
Northern Rye are a small micro-bakery based in Newcastle, specialising in handcrafted sourdough breads and viennoiserie. Favouring simplicity, their sourdough is made using only flour, water and salt before being proved for up to 28 hours, giving it a rich flavour, delicious aroma and heavenly crust. Available to pre-order for collection from their Byker-based bakery, take some home and allow yourself some indulgence this week, with a sourdough bacon butty or some simple jam on toast – proven to perfection.
Unit 27, i2 Byker Business Enterprise Centre, Albion Row, Newcastle NE6 1LQ
07584 123 938 www.northern-rye.co.uk
There’s something for every loaf-lover here, from seven-seeder sourdough to Parisian baguettes. As expected, they’re proud Real Bread Week campaigners, dedicated to bringing artisan bread back to the UK consumer.
Malton YO17 7FT York YO1 7LY
Leeds LS2 7HY 01904 627706
The Depot Bakery
Once a wholesale bakery, The Depot Bakery quickly expanded to sell their popular products to the general public. At The Depot Eatery, enjoy their freshly made bread for breakfast with your choice of toppings and a hot coffee – simple but delicious.
92 Burton Rd, Sheffield S3 8DA
0114 275 7779 www.thedepotbakery.co.uk
The Bread Shed
The Bread Shed in Beverley produces loaves from scratch daily from Tuesday to Saturday in its powerful ovens. This isn’t your sliced white, though: they dabble with strong flavours including cheese and Marmite bread. Their stollen is a Christmas-time treat.
7a Ladygate, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 8BH
07769 785580 www.breadshed.co.uk
Family recipes underpin Bondgate Bakery’s products, which are also stocked in Harvey Nichols. Winners of the 2015 BBC Food and Farming Awards for best small retailer, their Christmas cake flapjack – which Bondgate simply call ‘crunch’ – causes queues around the block.
30 Bondgate, Otley, Leeds LS21 1AD
01943 467516 www.bondgatebakery.com