Launched by the Real Bread Campaign in 2010, Real Bread Week is the annual, international celebration of Real Bread and people who make it.
In recognition of this, we thought we would share with you our top-tips for where you can buy delicious bread using Bristol Pounds this week from independent bakeries across Bristol.
First up is Bakery108, a microbakery making delicious, hand-crafted breads, and they can deliver them right to your door if you live in the BS6 and BS7 area. You can pay for your order using £B in our app, quick and easy! Co-founders Helen and Carla have created a bakery that brings together the tradition of delicious home cooking with skilled artisan techniques.
All of their breads are made using the best flour possible from Shipton Mill in Gloucestershire. They use slow, natural fermentation methods over 24-36 hours and hand shape all their breads.
Based on the middle section of the Gloucester Road, Joe’s Bakery is probably the oldest working bakery in Bristol and has been owned and managed by local couple Martin and Jane Hunt since 1990. Martin has a wealth of knowledge, so you can be sure you will be getting the best quality bread. Martin has established a range of breads based on both traditional and more modern methods of bread production (and ingredients!)
In addition, Martin runs very popular bread making classes for home bakers, so you can gain the skills to make excellent bread at home!
Based on North Street, Bristol, Mark’s Bread is an award-winning bakery and café, specialising in simple, good-value produce. They use the very best local ingredients including Shipton Mill organic flour. Each loaf is gently crafted by hand and baked on the stone sole of the oven. You can expect delicious flavor combinations from their daily specials such as sundried tomato and chilli sourdough.
Customers can see bakers at work through the café window, and founder Mark shares his knowledge and bread-making skills at monthly baking courses.
Hart’s Bakery is an artisan bakery working out of a large Victorian railway arch at Temple Meads where all their products are prepared, baked and sold. There is also a seating area perfect for customers to watch the bakers at work over coffee or lunch. They specialise in sourdough and it is made using just flour, water and salt along with their natural leaven.
They use a long, slow fermentation process which produces bread that is full of flavour and character with great keeping qualities!
[Please note Hart’s Bakery currently only accept £B payments in cash.]
And finally, we couldn’t celebrate Real Bread Week without mentioning East Bristol Bakery! They are an award winning small open plan bakery, in the heart of Easton who believe in real bread. They follow the campaign ethos of no unnecessary ingredients, just flour, water, salt & yeast. They believe that bread is a staple basic which should be made with the upmost care and the best quality ingredients.
They use British flour where possible and even the salt is the highest quality sea salt from Cornish Sea Salt Company.