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Local bakeries we love, in honour of GBBO

Bake Off is back on TV so time to drag out the food mixer. Can't be bothered? Fair enough! Put down that spatula and support these drool-worthy bakeries instead.

It’s Bake Off season and boy are we ready for it this year – the reliability of great bakes (now common parlance thanks to GBBO!), good humour, and pure simple TV-shaped joy…

Anyway, I don’t know about you but now it’s back on the box, I’ve got a hankering for pastries and cakes with ‘a good crumb’. Here’s Muddy’s pick of the best bakeries in Rutland and Leicestershire.

RUTLAND

Bisbrooke Artisans, Oakham

Ahh you gotta love Ami – she’s one half of this baking duo and is as colourful as she is quirky! She left her job to join her husband Lance, who started baking as a way of winding down from his IT job. The couple began by baking authentic sourdough bread from their home in Rutland, and now sell to shops, restaurants, cafes and delis across the county and were also recently featured on BBC’s Escape to the Country. Now, their daughter and her husband have taken over the baking reigns but still make all their loaves in-house including their flagship sourdough loaves (natch) as well as other delights including charcoal and caraway, turmeric and fennel and more. Delic!

Lily and Honey, Oakham

If you love eating and making cakes why not open your own bakery? Well that’s what Nicolle & Robert did! They opened in Nov 2019 and went on to bag a win in the Great Taste Awards 2019 and then, lockdown hit! Their business plan was thrown out of the window but they managed to remain open. They bake everything from bread using free range eggs, organic flour, naturally leavened bread (obvs!) as well as pastries, cakes and bakes. Whatever the wait, the bakes are 100% worth it.

Baines Bakery, Uppingham

There’s a lovely story behind this bakery; it’s been been passed down five generations of the Baines family and is still going strong! Tucked away in a pretty 17th century building in the market town of Uppingham, this small baker makes everything on site including bread, sandwiches, cakes and filled rolls. For lunch, how about their vegan filled rolls with homemade falafels followed by an iced ring doughnut?

Hambleton Bakery, Rutland

We can’t forget the award-winning Hambleton Bakery. Run by Julian Carter, a 10th generation baker, he’s been baking bread for as long as he can remember and is serious about bread. He opened his first bakery in 2008 in Exton with Tim Hart (owner of Hambleton Hall). Fast forward and they now have six bakeries across the UK – inc Market Harbs – and hand make their loaves on site with quality ingredients (think Whissendine flour), specialised know-how and a no-rush attitude.

LEICESTERSHIRE

The Tiny Bakery, Leicester

This is quite possibly the tiniest bakery you’ll step into, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in delicious bakes! The Tiny Bakery on Clarendon Park Road make everything from artisan bread and pastries to bespoke celebration cakes and they do the best sausage rolls for miles (but you have to get there quick as they sell-out fast) and their pastries are to die for. Fancy a coffee cruffin? What about a rainbow twist or their dark chocolate and blood orange vegan croissant? Seriously, you could spend every lunch break here and still never tire of their treats!

Olivia’s Bakery, Loughborough

So much more than just sourdough, this small ‘craft bakery’ makes their bread from scratch every day. There’s tin loafs, rustic loafs, crusty sesame rolls and, of course, their popular Pullman loafs (a square shaped, soft crust. bread perfect for their sandwiches). We love the sound of their Cubano toastie filled with roast pork, ham, mustard, pickles, cheese and for something sweet, we’re big fans of their cinnamon rolls.

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