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!

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. We’re re-opening in January after 20 long months with classes on sale from November. Hooray!

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

  • Taking bread to Baskerville
    Baskerville School in Harborne is a day and residential secondary school for students on the autism spectrum. It’s a great school with wonderful staff working with some amazing kids. They got in touch with us earlier in […]
  • How to build a bakery
    Last week we received our crowdfunder copy of Knead to Know More, the microbakery handbook from the Real Bread Campaign. The first edition helped a number of small bakeries find their feet, including Loaf which was about […]
  • Return of the Cookery School
    It feels really good to be bringing back our classes. Loaf started as a cookery school with a bakery attached. So shutting down that part of the business really felt like losing our soul.  But it had […]
  • How Bwindi Gorilla Coffee came to Stirchley
    Last month we trialled selling bags of coffee imported directly from a social enterprise project in Uganda. It was brought to our attention by Ben, a regular Loaf customer who had been ordering them for his friends […]
  • 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, […]