© the Bristol loaf 2019

our story

Local & Independent ...

Having opened our doors in June 2017 our bakery and café have rapidly expanded to meet the demands of our local community as well as our wholesale customers across Bristol. As we continue to grow we are striving to make our operation as sustainable as possible. 

Green & Fair ...

As an artisan bakery producing one of UK's most popular staple foods, we understand our responsibility in leaving a positive footprint in our community. We are committed to producing goods of the highest quality. The ingredients we use are sourced with the well-being of our customers and the health of our environment in mind.  80% of the breads we produce are certified as Organic by the Soil Association.

 

Our sourcing policy is a key part of The Bristol Loaf’s ethos and identity and fits within the ‘slow food’ motto of being “good, clean and fair” – good in quality and taste, clean from pesticides and synthetic fertilisers, fair to the people and communities producing them. Currently over 80% of the produce we use is organic and the remainder is ethically and locally sourced where ever possible.  Our organic range includes speciality flour for our bread and pastries from Shipton Mill in Tetbury, Arabica beans from Extract Coffee, milk from Bruton Dairy in Somerset. All of our meats are high-welfare and sourced from Origin butchers.

 

Our breads are never packaged in cellophane or plastic. We deliver our wholesale products to customers in crates and cardboard cartons which we have collected from other producers and restaurants to be used again. All single use disposable items we use are bio-degradable, made with recyclable materials. To keep waste to a minimum we offer discounts to customers who bring their own reusable coffee cups and salad bowls.

As a bakery our biggest carbon footprint lies in our energy consumption. We have only installed new energy efficient baking equipment and only use electricity that is supplied on Green tariffs. We are incredibly proud to have recently installed solar panels helping us with our aspiration to become Bristol's greenest bakery.