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Jan 24, 2011 12:08 PM

London Bread....

Where are people in London getting their daily bread so to speak?

Have spoken to a few that appeared to be quality but was hugely disappointed when I started asking questions! i.e. Why do you use palm oil in you bread?

Am looking for the no nonsense flour, water, yeast and a bit of salt and naturally leaven type of bread


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  1. There is a great selection at Whole Foods on Kensington High St. That's just for starters.

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    1. re: zuriga1

      I agree when they first opened they were truly first class... now its a bit hit and miss. Not sure if its a money saving thing (UK WFM lost over £30 million last year!) or they have a different oven as the original caught fire but its just nowhere near as good.

      1. re: thefatpostman

        I never had the original oven's product, so I can't judge but trust your opinion on the difference. For me, the bread is good enough, although we bake all our own bread here at home. What they offer at WFM is still better than anything down here in the wilds of Surrey. :-)

    2. I get mine from Farmers' markets. I go to the one in Bermondsey, butI bet each market works. Also Borough and Richmond are good.

      1. Very close to Whole Foods on Argyl Street is a place called Exeter Street Bakery which does terrific bread. I like getting my bread there, or at Borough Market.

        1. I get mine from St John's. A good, hearty sourdough and a delicious raisin bread. Otherwise, if I'm in the mood for something lighter, I go to Gail's (also available in Waitrose) or Le Pain Quotidien. Never asked if any of them have palm oil, though I would be surprised if St John, at least, did.

          1. I think the Whole Breads and selection are very good. I also got a lot of bread at borough Market. Endless choices. There was a new German baker this summer who made wonderful dark breads as well as fantastic coffee cakes.