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Real Bread Campaign ambassador wins Britain's best artisan bakery award

Aidan Monks’ bakery tops the Artisan Collective’s Bakers’ Dozen.

Just over half the Bakers' Dozen, including Aidan Monks (centre). Copyright: British Baker

Just over half the Bakers' Dozen, including Aidan Monks (centre). Copyright: British Baker

Lovingly Artisan, owned and run by Catherine Connor and Real Bread Campaign ambassador Aidan Monks, has been named Britain’s best artisan bakery by British Baker for the second year in a row.

The 13 bakeries in this year’s Artisan Collective also include six fellow Real Bread Campaign supporters: Bread Source, Northern Rye, The Street Bakeshop, Poppyseed Bakery, Bostock Bakery and Stir

Aidan and Catherine said: ‘’Winning top spot in the Bakers’ Dozen last year was amazing. To win it for the second year in a row hasn’t really sunk in. We’re thrilled to be included in the top 13, but being voted the UK’s number one artisan bakery is the cherry on top, especially knowing that our industry peers have voted for us. Hopefully everything that we try to do day in day out for our customers has struck a chord and has begun to influence more and more artisan bakeries up and down the country to put quality, wholesome, healthy breads at the heart of every family table again.’’

Real Bread Campaign co-ordinator Chris Young said: “Congratulations to Aidan, Catherine and their team for bagging yet another top prize for their already bulging trophy cabinet. Well done to the rest of our charity’s supporters, and the other bakeries, for making it onto this select list as well”

The Bakers’ Dozen

  1. Lovingly Artisan, Cumbria.
  2. Bread Source, Norfolk.
  3. The Dusty Knuckle, London.
  4. Northern Rye, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
  5. Farro, Bristol.
  6. The Street Bakeshop, Basingstoke.
  7. Toad Bakery, London.
  8. Poppyseed Bakery, Eastbourne.
  9. Bostock Bakery, Berwick.
  10. Stir, Cambridge.
  11. Arome, London.
  12. Pollen, Manchester.
  13. Cottonrake, Glasgow.

About the awards

The list was drawn up from nominations by ‘more than 100 specialists from artisan bakers to suppliers, consultants, and lecturers.’ Each was asked to nominate four ‘artisan bakeries’ in England, Scotland and Wales that they had visited in the previous 18 months but with which they had no commercial connection.

The Real Bread Campaign continues to lobby for an Honest Crust Act of improved composition, labelling and marketing standards. Amongst many other things, the proposals include legal definitions of artisan baker(y) and artisan bread.

The organisers defined an artisan bakery as: ‘where baked goods – such as bread, buns, pastries, and cakes – are made by skilled bakers by hand, often utilising longer and more traditional processes. Quality of ingredients and the end products will be high on the agenda. As a result, artisan bakeries typically only have a handful of sites.’

Read more on the British Baker website.

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Published Thursday 1 February 2024

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