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Hambleton Bakery Oakham

Hambleton Bakery was named Britain’s Best Bakery in an ITV1 competition that aired in November and December 2012. Its team of passionate bakers makes traditional, artisan bread and pastries, which are sold in five outlets – its HQ in Exton, Stamford, Oakham, Market Harborough and West Bridgford.

The business was set up by Hambleton Hall owner Tim Hart in 2008 as an antidote to fast-baked supermarket bread, most of which is baked using the Chorleywood Process.

In its huge woodfired oven in Exton, Rutland, Hambleton bakes around 500 loaves a day using either the sourdough method – where a flour and water mix ferments naturally – or by the beer barm method – where fermentation is started using beer froth. The oven is three metres in diameter and large enough to bake 50 loaves at a time. It is powered by ash and beech logs gathered at local forests.

Using these two techniques, Hambleton Bakery produces a variety of fresh breads, including its Local Loaf (made with local stoneground flour and beer barm from Oakham’s Grainstore Brewery), White Crusty Round, Brodinsky Rye, Manchet and Focaccia. These are  distributed every morning (except Christmas Day) to its shops.

Under head baker Julian Carter, Hambleton Bakery has won several awards for its bread, including the spectacular accolade of the UK’s best.

Explaining the success of Hambleton Bakery, Tim Hart says: “Our bread has sold well because it’s a small treat. It might be twice as expensive as supermarket bread but it’s still the same price as a cappuccino and lasts all week.”

Member offer:

Free small tin loaf or one free Hambleton Bakery jute bag when you spend over £10. Not available in addition to any other offer. Members should present their Great Food Club card at the till before paying.

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Gaol St, Oakham, Rutland LE15 6AL
01572 812995

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  1. chrissie rayner says:
    best bread in leicestershire and rutlandgorgeous breads-all of them.I normally wouldn't eat bread as the usual shop bought bread does not agree with me,and I think a lot of people avoid bread for the same reasons! Hambleton's bread is different and incredibly tasty.If you haven't tried any yet then give it a go-it's yummy.You can also buy these breads in Market Harborough,so very handy too.
  2. Pat Dalby says:
    Bread heavenCan't beat 7 seeds loaf, nothing like it anywhere else. You need to get there in good time, it sells out quickly. Good range of delicious breads, flans, etc.
  3. MS says:
    Great breadBread that's a treat to eat
  4. costa constantinou says:
    Bread as it should beBest bread I've ever come across. Drive several miles each week to stock up. Particularly like their cobs which make great bacon baps! The free loaf on a £10 shop is another great attraction.
  5. Matt Gregory says:
    Proper BreadReal bread with flavour, texture and character. The Gaol street shop is looked after by great staff, the shop is small so don't expect the full range if you pop in at 4pm!

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