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Hambleton Bakery West Bridgford

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.

Useful info
101 Melton Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 6ET
01159 985545

Customer reviews for Hambleton Bakery West Bridgford

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  1. Jim says:
    The range and quality is outstandingA high quality, traditional bakery that is well worth a visit. Staff are extremely helpful and friendly. The range of breads, all of outstanding quality, is excellent. There are several sourdought to choose from. My own favourite is the sourdough baton. I have bought the large sourdoughs at the weekend and freeze big chunks for use through the week. The large tin loaf is very good and can be sliced for you in the shop. Baguettes, just like in France, are perfect on the morning they are bought. Every week there is a new 'specialty' bread to try. The range of small savoury bites is very good and includes scotch egg, sausage roll and several unique baked snacks. The small cakes and the tarts are also extremely good. Try the pecan and caramel pastries. At Easter and Christmas traditional bakes come out and have always been delicious. There are now several artisan bakers to choose from in Nottingham. In my opinion this bakery has the best range on a day-to-day basis but if you shop around to the others you may find an individual bread that becomes your new friend.
  2. Karen Sharpe says:
    Bread as it should beCannot recommend this bakery enough. Amazing bread, gorgeous pastries and cakes, all in all perfect.
  3. SR says:
    Lovely shopA very nice little bakery shop
  4. Gill Bond says:
    Muffins are the best I've ever tasted!Coming in two different sizes, the muffins baked by Hambleton Bakery are just superb. They have a bouncy texture inside whilst the top and bottom are lightly crispy. Heated and topped with cream cheese and smoked crispy bacon, they are a delight.
  5. Josh Edwards says:
    Baking ExcellenceHambleton Bakery is one of the best bakeries I have been to around Rushcliffe. The lady that served us had superb product knowledge and was extremely helpful. We have been on several occasions and tend to go crazy, buying everything because everything looks so tasty and well presented. I would highly recommend the mushroom tart. All of the bread is made with time and care, something you can tell from the quality of the product. If you have the slightest bit of gluten intolerance then this is the bakery to go to. Speak to the staff who would be more than happy to assist you pick out a loaf - even slice it for you if you want. We have tried the fruit and cheese scones, lemon curd pie (which is amazing), a variety of different tarts and it is all genuinely delicious. Not to mention with your Great Food Club card you can grab a free tote bag if you spend the qualifying amount. If you know that you need a specific item on a certain day you can ring ahead and pre-order - they are more than happy to do this. I only say this because the only downside is that it is so popular that stock empties relatively quickly - so don't delay and go and have a look. You will not be disappointed.

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