We cannot deal with any enquiries or order requests currently via the website or facebook – we are overwhelmed and do not wish to miss anything vital at this time.

Many thanks for your understanding and ongoing support.

Bakery Updates

During this time both our shops remain open – Joe’s Bakery in Bishopston, and the Bread Store (on the Gloucester Road).

Please be aware that both shops will be open Mondays to Saturdays 7am to 5pm for the foreseeable future, with freshly baked bread available every day that we are open.

We are committed to supporting our local community and customers through this time, and all our staff are following the recommended health and safety guidelines with appropriate changes ensuring adherence to newly emerging advice.

We thank you for your patience and understanding whilst waiting to be served at this time – short delays are due to the additional precautions we are taking in our shops, and an increase in customers, sometimes resulting in queues. 

Thank you for your support, and please take good care

The Bristol & Bath Cook Book

We are pleased to have the new and fabulous cook book available for customers to purchase from the shop.

The book features Joe’s Bakery and many other wonderful local food favourites, and makes a perfect present idea for your foodie friends, or the perfect self present!

Gloucester Road Central’s Mayfest

Come and enjoy this annual May fair from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 4th May along the Gloucester Road from the top of Pigsty Hill to Joe’s Bakery, and on the first section of Bishop Road.

There will be live music, face painting, creative activities, community stalls and food and drink all day.

Jack in the Green and his procession of musicians and dancers will come up the Gloucester Road at 3.45pm to celebrate the arrival of Summer.

We won!

We’re happy to announce that we’ve had another win!

Our City Loaf was awarded White Loaf 2019 at the national Britain’s Best Loaf awards, hosted by British Baker.

The City Loaf is a soft white loaf enriched with milk, butter, and extra virgin olive oil – it’s delicious!

Easter Biscuits and Tsoureki

Our softly baked Easter Biscuits are made with Greek currants and oil of Cassia – the traditional spice used in Bristol baked Easter biscuits.

Tsoureki is a Greek Easter sweet-bread characterised by two particular ingredients – the spice Mahlab which is obtained from the stone of the St Lucie Cherry, originating in the eastern Mediterranean region; and Mastika which comes only from the Greek Island of Chios.

These products are now available in our shops.

Easter Bread & Easter Opening Hours

Last year our Easter Bread won the Innovation Award in the national Britain’s Best Loaf Competition. It is a delicious wheat and rye bread containing cherries, mixed citrus peel, hazelnuts, walnuts, and fresh lemon zest.

The Bread Store will be carrying all of Joe’s Bakery Easter products, as well as our shop at the top of Gloucester Road.

Our Easter opening hours are as follows:

  • Open Good Friday 7am to 5pm in both shops
  • Easter Saturday 7am to 5pm
  • Both shops will be closed on Sunday and Easter Monday

Simnel Cake

Simnel Cake is traditionally associated with both Mothering Sunday and Easter. The 11 marzipan balls around the top represent the 12 Apostles minus Judas.

A traditional lightly spiced English fruit cake made with fresh butter, Simnel Cake also contains candied cherries and citrus peel, currants, sultanas, fresh lemon zest and, of course, a layer of marzipan in the middle and on top.

Available from both our shops by the slice or whole cake, our Simnel Cake is suitable for vegetarians, and will keep in a cake tin for up to 3 months.

Mothering Bun pre-orders for this year

Saturday 30th March will be the only day this year when Mothering Buns are available in both our shops, although you can pre-order.

Mothering Buns are sweet, lightly spiced buns coated in thin fondant and dipped in hundreds and thousands (non-pareils).

Historically, these buns were a Bristol tradition created to be an affordable gift for those in service to make and give to their mothers on Mother’s Day. This tradition goes back further than anyone can remember and is nearly lost – but not quite!

More Real Bread

As Real Bread Week 2019 draws to a close we’d like to introduce you to two more Real Bread loaves – Spelt Sourdough and Classic White Tin.

The Spelt Sourdough is created from our own ferment, and is made with Dove’s Farm organic spelt flour.

The Classic White Tin is made using a slow two stage fermentation process that promises great flavour.

These breads are pictured in one of our re-usable drawstring bags which are made with 100% natural cotton (not bleached or dyed), and also help to keep crusty bread for longer.

Our Real Bread range is available year round