Finding Great Bread in England

Finding good quality, organic, whole wheat bread is not always easy when you are traveling. In England you will find organic bread at Waitrose (a high-end supermarket). They sell the Duchy Organics breads and some organic loaves that they make (but they are not whole wheat).

We spent two months in Nailsworth (south of Stroud) earlier this year and bought bread from Hobbs House Bakery (shown in photo), who produce a variety of breads, many organic and many whole grain. They also sell at the Saturday Stroud Farmers’ Market and have shops in Bristol, Tetbury and Chipping Sodbury. Their bread is very good.

Hobbs Bakery and Cafe
Hobbs Bakery and Cafe in Nailsworth.

Many towns in the Cotswolds have a bakery, but these do not always produce artisanal quality breads.

Dan Lepard, who wrote the book “The Daily Loaf” and runs a website about baking bread, posted a great article listing the good bakeries around England, by region – Keeping track of the best bread and bakeries in Britain (thanks for the link Marta!). If you have a trip to England planned check the article to find his recommended bakeries.

Hobbs House Bakery is listed for Gloucestershire. He also lists the Authentic Bread Company (Strawberry Hill Farm, Strawberry Hill, Newent – western Gloucestershire, Forest of Dean) who sell their bread through shops in the area (I have not seen this bread, but will look for it next time).

Those toasted tea cakes are fun, but for your daily bread check out these quality bread bakers.

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Pauline Kenny

Pauline Kenny and Steve Cohen are US expats living in Dorset. We moved to the UK in 2010. Read about our move. If you would like to talk about travel, please join us on the Slow Europe Travel Forums.

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  1. Oh, that bread from Hobbs House was fantastic! Most of the bread in our region of Italy is pretty bland, though one bakery has a few good whole grain varieties. I liked those Duchy cookies (biscuits?) you bought…very tasty!

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