Our home at 29 East Street has a long tradition of baking going back to the 1830s. Master Baker and wedding cake specialist G.S. Leaker took over the bakery in 1914 and the name has endured.
Our on-site ovens were originally coal-fired and an area to the rear of the bakery housed a coal pit. Today, this is the place we store our flour!
Our wide range of breads are still hand-made on the premises the time-honoured way, taking time, using the simplest ingredients of flour, water, levain for sourdoughs and yeast for everyday loaves.
We believe in making things as delicious as they can possibly be using simple methods and the best ingredients. None of our bread has fat, added sugar or chemical improvers.
The obvious exception to this are enriched loaves such as Brioche, Fruit Loaves and Teacakes which do contain a small amount of sugar.
Still retaining the original fittings from the 1950s, the shop itself still has plenty of old-world charm – we hope you can visit soon!
In the meantime why not order something from our online store, we offer next-day dispatch to most UK addresses.
We're fortunate to have a wide range of wonderful local suppliers including Stoates Cann Mill (flour), Olives et al, Rawles Butchers, Denhay Bacon, Chesil Smokery, Elwell Apples, Woolsery Cheese, Foot’s Eggs, and Manor Farm Organic Dairy.
We choose seasonal, local, organic ingredients whenever possible; cheese and squash tarts appear in the autumn months, whilst hearty pasties with our own fillings add warmth to the winter. At Christmas, macaroon topped mince pies and stollen loaves add festive flavour. In the Spring and Summer months hand-made savouries burst with just-picked veg from nearby growers and cakes come alive with locally grown strawberries and fresh cream.
We bake on our small premises and as such are unable to produce fully accredited gluten free loaves. However we do source a fantastic Gluten Free range from Findlater's which is very popular with our customers. They come sliced, freeze well and can be ordered in our online store or purchased in our shop or pre-ordered for collection at markets.