Loaf is a cooperative-run bakery and cookery school based in Stirchley, South Birmingham since 2009. We aim to build community through real food and healthy living in Birmingham.

Our bread and pastries are freshly baked on site along with hearty lunches for the workers of Stirchley, while next door we teach bread-making and cookery skills. We look forward to meeting you!

We plan to fully re-open our cookery school in January 2022. Read our plans here.

Our Bakery

We proudly bake fresh bread daily from the simplest ingredients, plus pastries, cakes and more! Order online for collection or just come by and see what we have.

Order your bread

Cookery School

Our cookery school is the heart of Loaf. Closed during the pandemic, we re-open in January 2022. Thank you for your patience.

About our courses


We make curry, soup, pizza, sausage & vegetable rolls and more in our kitchen, Wednesday to Friday, fresh from 12pm to takeaway.

Lunch menu for this week

Charity for this Quarter

Each quarter we raise money for a charity working in Birmingham. From October to December 2021 it’s Migrant Help.

Make a donation with your order.

Heritage Grain

Loaf is committed to using a variety of heritage grains and to work directly with growers in the Midlands.

Latest news on this project.

Bread Vouchers

The perfect gift for sourdough fans – a pack of cute vouchers that can be exchanged for bread over the year.

More information.

News from Loaf

  • A postcard from Machynlleth
    As many of you know, Loaf began in Tom and Jane Baker’s kitchen on Dell Road in 2009. They baked bread for the neighbours and taught the first breadmaking classes before moving into our high street bakery […]
  • New honey!
    We’ve been looking for more local honey suppliers for years and at the recent Birmingham Beekeepers show at Winterbourne we struck liquid gold with not one but two apiaries! Arden Forest Honey is a family-run business in […]
  • Migrant Help – this quarter’s charity
    Every quarter we raise money for a different charity working in Birmingham, and between now and Christmas it’s Migrant Help. You can add a donation to your online order or at the counter when you visit us, […]
  • Meatballs!
    Last Friday Molly brought meatball sandwiches to the Loaf lunch menu for the first time and it went down very well. “The meatballs were ace!” said Dave. And who are we to argue! To keep it special, […]
  • Loaf sponsors Bournville FC under 12 girls!
    Calling yourself a community bakery is easy. How to be a community bakery is a whole other thing and something we revisit often. It turns out there are as many definitions of community as there are people […]
  • Loaf’s visit to Mill Farm
    Six of Loaf went on a road trip last week. Here’s Sarah to tell you what we got up to. Jonathan, the owner of Mill Farm near Worcester, has been farming for over 50 years, so he’s […]
  • Paying a Real Living Wage
    Over the summer we found the welcome pack from the Living Wage Foundation which had arrived at the start of the pandemic and had somehow been forgotten. Among other things it contained a sticker which you might […]
  • Rachel’s Sarehole Mill adventure
    As a bakery, Loaf is very lucky to be able to make connections with mills and farms across the country. As you’ve seen in previous newsletters, we are passionate about developing our knowledge of heritage grain and […]