15 October, 2021


This is the weekly newsletter from Loaf in Stirchley, keeping you abreast of our bakery and cookery school, plus titbits from the wider community.

This week we have an update from Loaf founders Tom and Jane Baker, who moved to Wales a few years ago to start their next adventure.

Pre-order your bread

We have plenty of bread and pastries on the shelves all day, with lunches served from noon on weekdays. Scroll down for this week’s lunch menu.

Our opening hours are:
Wednesday: 12-4
Thusday: 12-6
Friday: 12-6
Saturday: 8-1

The Breadlines

🥖 Loaf is hiring a baker. We’re looking for someone with breadmaking experience to grow our co-op into the future. If you’re part of the baking community, please help spread the word.

🥖 Gorilla Coffee is back in stock. Sourced by one of our regular customers, it’s grown by a social enterprise of Ugandan farmers displaced by the creation of a nature reserve to protect the gorilla population. More about this in a future newsletter.

🥖 Stirchley Halloween stuff we’ve noticed includes Fruit & Nut Village running a spooky storytelling event at the library, and Walkspace inviting you to Walk The Stirchley Skull.

🥖 Stirchley Baths regular groups have started again.

🥖 Have you seen Wildcat's L?

A postcard from Machynlleth

As many of you know, Loaf began in Tom and Jane Baker’s kitchen on Dell Road in 2009. They baked bread for the neighbours and taught the first breadmaking classes before moving into our high street bakery in 2012.

In 2016 Tom and Jane took parental leave which turned into a sabbatical as they travelled Europe’s bakeries and wheat farms looking for their next adventure. This led them to Machynlleth in Wales where they set up Rye and Roses.

We're often asked after Jane and Tom so we asked them to send us an update. Over to you, Bakers!


It’s so lovely to be sharing our news with you.

A lot has happened since 2009 when we founded Loaf in our house in Cotteridge. In 2018, we moved to mid-Wales to start a new adventure together with our son Reuben, surrounded by stunning countryside. After going travelling for eight months, we dreamt of having our own sourdough bakery and micro-homestead. And we’ve done just that.

Our new business, Rye and Roses (Rhyg a Rhosod in Welsh) is now thriving, supported by a fantastic community of customers, friends and neighbours. Tom specialises in baking sourdough bread and pastries. Jane grows ingredients for our bread, pastries and wood-fired pizzas.

We’re also lucky enough to be growing our own heritage wheat with friends, with the help of local farmers and Meirionnydd Vintage Club — old boys and their tractors. Wheat hasn’t been grown in this area for over 50 years. There's enthusiasm for re-discovering old farming knowledge, and equipment and welcoming diverse farming back, one wheat field at a time.

Mid-Wales also has a strong Welsh culture, so as a family we are also proud to be learning Welsh — including Reuben (aged 5) who is taught in Welsh at school.

Trains go direct from Birmingham New Street to Machynlleth, so if you’re ever visiting the area, please come and say hello. You’ll find us at the historic Machynlleth Market on Wednesdays, and at our bakery on Fridays in the nearby village of Penegoes. Plus, there are some great places to holiday here - mountains, hills and seaside.

We’d love to see you, Loaf customers old and new.

With love from Machynlleth,

Jane, Tom and Reuben Baker x

Lunches this week

This week's sourdough pizza is leek, kale, potato, chilli & mozzarella (V) on sale Wed to Fri.

The soup pot will be serving the following with a slice of sourdough bread:
Wed: Tarka daal curry (Ve).
Fri: Spinach, tomato and chickpea curry (Ve).

Thursday's focaccia sandwich is hummus, roast aubergine, caramalized onion & rocket foccacia sandwich (Ve) with optional feta (V)

Savoury snacks include our famous sausage rolls and vegetable rolls, available all week, plus ham & cheese and walnut pesto & cheese croissants Wednesday through Friday.

Lunches are made fresh every day for 12 noon.

Our menu for the week – with ingredients and allergens – is on the website.

Thanks for all your continued support. See you next week!

Team Loaf: Martha, Sarah, Dorit, Pete, Molly, Neil, Nancy and Rach


Cookery School reopening plans

Our cookery school is the heart of Loaf. Closed during the pandemic, it is scheduled to fully re-open in January 2022. All vouchers will be honoured. Thank you for your patience.

More information →

Charity fundraising

From October through December we are collecting on behalf of Migrant Help. You can make a contribution with your online order or in the shop.

Find out about Migrant Help →

Loaf is hiring!

As we come out of the pandemic and re-open our cookery school we’re looking for a full time baker to grow our co-operative.

The deadline for applications is 31st October. More details here.

Fighting food poverty

Thanks to your support we are able to bake extra bread to give to the following organisations each week who are working across Birmingham to combat hunger. They can always use more help, from cash and food donations to volunteers.

If you know of other organisations fighting food poverty and hunger that can use up to 40 loaves a week, please let us know.
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