Happy International Women’s Day

We’re celebrating International Women’s Day at Loaf today, reminding ourselves of its early 20th Century origins, when on 8th March 1917 women marched through St Petersburg, demanding Bread and Peace, instigating a general strike, the abdication of the Tsar and a revolution. Serious girl power.

We stand on the shoulders of countless women whose political work and direct action mean that we have rights, opportunities and pleasures that they didn’t – we’re celebrating them and we also wanted to share some things we’re proud of here at Loaf, where, if you have visited us, you’ll know that lots of lovely women and a few lovely men work (and also collectively own and run the business).

The key thing for us, is that it’s really not about Girl Bosses, it’s about no bosses. As a worker co-operative all our staff have an equal stake and responsibility in running Loaf, and equal rewards too. Over the past couple of years we’ve been particularly focussed on how best to allow our team to balance family and work, with well paid parental leave and flexibility in the rota. It’s hard to get right but we try to extend some recognition to the work that goes on in the home, as well as the work that goes on at work. We hope this will keep great women working at Loaf, baking bread, serving in the shop, teaching in the cookery school, doing VAT returns, baking cakes for as long as we’re here.

There are some events going on in Birmingham to mark the day, including a free breakfast hosted by our friends at Artefact Cafe (they will be serving our bread) and a rally at midday in Victoria Square. However you celebrate the day, have a good one!

Oh and p.s. International Men’s day is on 19th November (thanks Richard Herring!) ;0)




Courses in March – with places


Here are courses with places left this month:
Tuesday 20th March – Thaali with Haseen from Pop Up Dosa (x4 places)
Thursday 29th March – Pork Butchery and Charcuterie with Lap-fai Lee and Rossiters Organic Butchers (x2 places)
Saturday 31st March – Bread: Back to Basics with Loaf’s Rob (x2 places)

Other than that our March courses are fully booked!

For our full course calendar please click the link below- we have lots more dates available.

ps we also sell Gift Vouchers (perfect for Mother’s Day did you say?!) available in the shop or online through our website.

We’re open!

We haven’t been snowed in and our bakers only live a few minutes walk away. No excuses! Come and visit us if you’re local and your work has been snowed off!

Lunch today: Butternut squash and bean chilli with sourdough (ve) OR Salt Beef on challah with pickles & mustard

Lunch Saturday: Salt Beef on brioche with pickles & mustard OR Cheddar, apple and peanut butter sandwich (v)

PLUS Veggie rolls + Pork sausage rolls and patisserie.

Real Bread Week



We’re supporting The Real Bread Campaign in their celebration of 10 years of Real Bread Week!

#RealBreadWeek runs from Saturday 24 February to 4 March 2018.

An annual initiative of the international Real Bread Campaign, the aim of Real Bread Week is to celebrate additive-free loaves and the people who make them.

We are proud to bake loaves that are 100% free of artificial additives of any kind!

During Real Bread Week 2018:

  • You’ll be able to sample tasters of a different loaf every day during the week – including sourdough, white tin, rye, multigrain, focaccia – and on Saturdays, Maslin! This is the perfect opportunity for you to try something new if you always go for the same loaf when you visit us!
  • We will have bread soups for lunch! If you’re feeling inspired and want to make your own bread soups then we recommend this Chickpea, Tomato and Bread soup by Ottolenghi or this Spiced Chickpea and Sourdough Starter soup by Hobbs House Bakery
  • We will have beautiful riso-printed posters proudly saying ‘I Loaf Real Bread’ available for you to take home and put up and display (if you do – please take a photo to show us!) printed by The Holodeck our local printers
  • Come and have a look at our bookshelves in the shop – we have a number of great real bread books available to buy including ‘Slow Dough‘ published by The Real Bread Campaign
  • You might not know but we also sell bread-baking equipment and flour (£1 per kilo) and yeast. Bring your own tub!
  • If you bring a pot you can get some of our starter for free so that you can try making your own sourdough!

Real Bread Campaign coordinator, Chris Young, says: “Real Bread bakeries like Loaf’s play a really important role in their local communities, providing not only great, all-natural food but also helping to keep the high street alive. Real Bread Week is a great chance for everyone in the area to get along to show their support and help to make sure that they don’t lose such a valuable asset.”

The Real Bread Campaign is part of the food and farming charity Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming. Starting from basic definition of Real Bread as made without any artificial additives, the Campaign’s mission is to find and share ways to make bread better for us, better for our communities and better for the planet.

People can find full details of #RealBreadWeek, discover local Real Bread bakeries and classes, and learn about the Campaign and how to join it and enjoy a range of special offers at: realbreadcampaign.org



Spring is around the corner and we couldn’t be more pleased!

Here are two lists – availability on courses published before Christmas and NEW DATES! Bookable via our Courses page on the website.

Places left on courses in Spring:

  • Sweet Breads and Viennoiserie – Saturday 24th February (2 places), Saturday 14th April (6 places)
  • Thaali – Tuesday 27th February – (1 place), Tuesday 20th March (4 places)
  • Bread: Back to Basics – 31st March (all places – date just added) Thursday 19th April (5 places)
  • Simply Sourdough – Fri 23rd / Sat 24th March (1 place), Fri 27th / Sat 28th April (7 places)
  • Pork Butchery & Charcuterie – Thursday 29th March (2 places)
  • Dosa – Tuesday 10th April (4 places)
  • Bao & Chinese Dumpling – Tuesday 17th April (1 places)
  • Seafood Masterclass – Saturday 21st April (4 places)
  • Knife Skills – Tuesday 24th April (1 place)
  • Japan – Wednesday 25th April (6 places)


  • Bread: Back to Basics – Sat 5th May / Thurs 24th May / Sat 26th May / Sat 2nd June / Thurs 14th June / Sat 7th July / Thurs 19th July
  • Simply Sourdough – Fri 18th/Sat 19th May / Fri 29th/Sat 30th June / Fri 20th/Sat 21st July / Fri 24th/Sat 25th August
  • Sweet Bread & Viennoiserie – Saturday 12th May / Saturday 9th June / Saturday 14th July / Saturday 11th August
  • Dosa – Tues 29th May / Tues 17th July / Tues 4th Sept
  • Thaali – Tues 1st May / Tues 26th June / Tues 28th Aug
  • Macarons – Weds 30th May
  • Thai – Weds 6th June
  • Preserving – Tues 12th June / Tues 10th July
  • Bao & Dumpling – Weds 20th June
  • Ramen – Thurs 21st June
  • Knife Skills – Weds 25th July
  • Japan – Thurs 26th July

Phew! We hope you find something you’d like to book on to – and we hope to welcome you soon.

You can find full course descriptions on the Cookery School page of the website.

Great Food Club 2018

Great Food Club Handbook cover. Watercolour painting of a rabbit.

We’re delighted to be included in The Great Food Club’s 2018 Handbook

“Bigger and better than ever, the 132-page Great Food Club Handbook 2018 is available to buy now for £5.95 including postage. The publication has one simple aim: to guide you to some of the best independent restaurants, pubs, farm shops, breweries, food producers, delis and cafes.

Laid out with an easy-to-use geographical index, it lists over 500 must-visit independents.”

If you are a member of The Great Food Club you are entitled to 10% off all of our courses.

Take a look at their website to see what other great offers there are – and who else has been included in their handbook of independent food and drink hotspots.

New course: Preserving

Photo of preserves on a shelf

Photo of preserves on a shelf


We’ve just added new dates for a refreshed Preserves course at Loaf.

On this course, Rachel (Cuffufle Preserves) will show you the methodology of making jam, chutney, cordial and mustard. You’ll leave the course confident that you can make your own creations!

Rachel will talk through the pitfalls of where people normally make mistakes – how to avoid them – and what to look out for to know that you’re doing the right thing!

This course is perfect for keen gardeners or allotment-keepers – Rachel will explain how to make the most of your excess produce – and you’ll go home with recipes to use.

The course is £60 and includes refreshments, and all equipment needed during the course.

There are two dates available:

  • Tuesday 12th June, 6.30-9.30pm
  • Tuesday 10th July, 6.30-9.30pm

Book via the Cookery School page – Preserving.

New for 2018

We are trialling vegetarian sausage rolls all this week in the shop. The recipe is thanks to Loaf alumni Andy Butler. Andy left Loaf to set up his own business Bread and Butler in Limehouse, London. Go and check it out if you’re in London!

We also have daily fresh croissants.

Photo by Jack Spicer Adams.

See you next year!

We are now closed for Christmas – reopening on Saturday 6th January.

Thanks everyone for your support this year – Happy Christmas!

Great photo from yesterday morning’s 8.15am opening by one of our bakers, Sarah Frost. Patiently queueing people and pigeons.


Loaf merchandise

NEW in the shop!

We have totes (£5), linen teatowels/couches (£10), pins (£3) and beautiful maslin Saturday sourdoughs (£3.50)

Perfect stocking fillers! In case you missed it, we have slightly different Christmas hours:

Thursday 21st December – 12pm – 6.30pm

Friday 22nd December – 8.15am – 1pm (we’re pretending it’s a Saturday!)

Saturday 23rd December – 8.15am – 1pm

Sunday 24th December CLOSED

Monday 25th – 5th January CLOSED

Saturday 6th January OPEN! 8.15am – 1pm

Tuesday 9th January – 12pm – 6.30pm (as normal)

As of Tuesday 9th January we’ll be doing pastries EVERY DAY!!!!!


Screenprinted totes & teatowels by local screenprinter Do Make Say Ink, badges manufactured in Birmingham by BadgesPlus.