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Is yours a community oven?

Bakeries opening their oven doors to people in their local communities.

Communal oven in Morocco. Credit: travelwayoflife cc-by-sa-2.0

Communal oven in Morocco. Credit: travelwayoflife cc-by-sa-2.0

Community (AKA communal or common) ovens used to be, well, common. In some parts of the world they still are. As the cost-of-everything-crisis bites ever harder, we’ve heard from a number of bakeries mulling over the idea of inviting people in to use their ovens when the bakers aren’t, perhaps for free, perhaps for a nominal fee or suggested donation.

Below you’ll find those that have started doing so regularly.

If you run a community oven initiative and want us to add yours to the list, please email the details to

(If you’re running a trial / one-off session, please feel free to add the details to our calendar yourself instead)

Hackney Wick. Monthly from Monday 12th December 2022, 4pm-8pm.

The People's Oven is a pay-what-you-can, drop in access to our bakery’s ovens, a warm calm space, a hot drink and cooking advice. Our suggested donation is £10 but we are grateful for whatever you can afford. It's open to anyone from homebakers who want to try out their bread skills in a deck oven, local boaties on the river Lea, to people who would like to batch cook in our ovens and save on electricity bills at home.

Bring dishes to finish in our ovens, or if you would like to prepare here then bring all the ingredients and we can lend you the equipment. Chef, baker and Hearth founder, Maisie Collins, will be on-site to offer advice. Remember to bring containers to take your cooked food home in.

To book one of the limited spaces, send a message through the website, DM on Insta or drop by the shop during opening hours. @hearthbakeryhw

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