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Bread and Loaf are now the new owners of The Shrewsbury Bakehouse on Castle Gates, Shrewsbury. We'll be opening soon, bringing real bread back to Shrewsbury. But in the meantime bear with us while we make a few changes. Follow us on Twitter for the latest news and read the blog.

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We are Kate and Martin. Bread and Loaf is a start-up artisan bread bakers in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. We are two people who love baking and making. We are trying to change the balance in our lives. We have both worked long and hard in our careers – Kate has her own dental practice in Shrewsbury and Martin is a marketing man. We have both enjoyed the journey, but expended a lot of energy. We are not trying to completely change our lives – just change the focus.

Kate is the adventurous one. Martin is the more practical one.  Setting up a micro bakery is our way of pursuing our passion.

Baking on a commercial scale hasn’t actually become reality - yet, partly because of limited oven space which makes production of any sizeable quantities a bit of a problem. So, in the meantime it's a case of practising and perfecting. The next stage is to increase production and find people who want to buy the bread we create.

Our bread journey began when Kate wanted an outlet to de-stress from work. The thought of throwing a piece of dough around sounded good for this (it is!). She made her first loaf back in 2006 which ended up like a brick! We fed it to the ducks and Martin was convinced they were swimming lower in the water! Bread making was abandoned for about a year.

Then Kate found an amazing beginners bread making course at ‘Loaf’ in Birmingham with Tom Baker. Tom sorted out what she was doing wrong and gave renewed inspiration. Since then we have been privileged to have learned so much more thanks to the generosity and experience of some great bakers.

Kate and Martin   Kate and Martin

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bread blogs:

It’s finally a bread reality!

Wow what a turnaround! A couple of months ago we decided to do a slow start to baking – at home, and so started patiently waiting on the planning office (still waiting by the way!) Now look what’s happened! Four weeks ago the bakery we really aspired to, just round the corner, suddenly closed. We […] More Info

Into the world of real bread baking!

Well we survived our baptism by fire into the world of real bread baking! Recently we met up with Rob Swift at Bread2bake in Ludlow who kindly allowed us to spend a couple of nights baking bread with him for the Ludlow Spring Food Festival. We started at 11.30 on the Friday night and, after […] More Info

Baking for a Living with Andrew Whitley

Recently we took a trip to Bread Matters in Scotland to learn the more about setting up our own micro-bakery, to strengthen our breadmaking skills and get help with scaling up, production planning, costing, and product development, as well as equipment, bakery design and regulatory hurdles. Baking for a Living is a course run by […] More Info


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