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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.

              1. Agree that St. John's bread is really nice. When we lived over in Bermondsey we used to buy a really excellent baguette-style loaf at the shop run by Pont de la Tour in Shad Thames. The restaurant has its own bakery and they do about half a dozen different breads. Most are pretty good, but one in particular really stands out: a skinny white loaf with pointy-shaped ends. For some reason, this particular loaf was remarkably better than the rest (and a complete deal for £1). But you have to get there by midday to get one, as they seem to be the first to sell out.

                Currently we pretty regularly buy good baguettes and rustic loaves from Melrose & Morgan in Primrose Hill. I believe they source their bread from The Flour Station.

                  1. re: cavandre

                    A branch of Gail's Artisan Bakery has opened close to me in Exmouth Market and I am already addicted! Yikes, can't believe I'm paying nearly £3 for a loaf....(that's my welsh puritan roots coming out)

                    Check them out online ---they are also stocked in branches of waitrose

                    1. re: cavandre

                      I love Poilane bread and regularly buy it when near Victoria. I know you can get it at Waitrose too but it is fun to go into the shop. First discovered it when in Paris about 10 years ago.
                      I also like the Old Post Office Bakery which is in North Clapham. They also sell at Brixton Market on Sundays. They have an onion loaf I really like. I also rate the Flour Station bread. The only place I have seen them is at Borough Market. I favour the white tin loaf, based, I was told, on a 1930 recipe. I am also partial to a few of the Flour Power's loaves. They have something called restaurant bread which is a white sourdough and can be bought in one huge low flat loaf or it can be cut in half for a smaller portion They are at various farmer markets on Sundays including Peckham, Brixton and Blackheath.

                      1. re: cathodetube

                        Yes I've seen Poliane loaves (or bits of loaves in my waitrose but I am too tight to pay nearly £5 a go for bread!) Not a big bread person, to be honest, but Gail's onion loaf is delicious. They also do sourdough and other varieties.