Wholemeal sourdough named Britain’s Best Loaf

A loaf created by Real Bread Campaign supporter Lee Smith’s Poppyseed Bakery has taken the crown in the annual baking competition.

Photo © British Baker

Photo © British Baker

Beating around 150 other entries, it is the fourth time that the Bexhill-on-Sea and Eastbourne based baker has won the award since it was launched by industry publication British Baker in 2013.

Saying no to sourfaux

Earlier this year, the Real Bread Campaign welcomed Britain’s Best Loaf organisers' reversal of a move to accept what the Campaign calls sourfaux as entries in its main sourdough category. The change, which would have sidelined genuine sourdough to a ‘traditional sourdough’ category, was reversed following a protest led by the Real Bread Campaign.

Previous Britain’s Best Loaf winners

2013 Cumin and chickpea sourdough by Lee Smith, Bexhill Farm Kitchen
2014 White sourdough by Lee Smith, Bexhill Farm Kitchen
2016 White tin by Lee Smith, Bexhill Farm Kitchen

In 2017, Smith’s winning streak was put on pause by a beetroot multiseed sourdough crafted by fellow Real Bread Campaign supporter Dan Nemeth of Seasons Bakery in Ingleton, North Yorkshire

The 2018 award was won by a bakery unknown to the Campaign.

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