Driver/Market Job

The Closing Date is March the 17th 5pm The Handmade Bakery (HMB) is a not for profit community supported artisan bakery in Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire. We are a workers co-operative, owned and run by our members. It consists of a flourishing bakery producing 1800 loaves of real bread and patisserie each week, all made using traditional slow fermentation processes.  Established in 2009, we moved … [Read more...]


Hello All and hello Spring! Spring is here and at The Handmade Bakery we are starting to look forward to summer. It’s now starting to get light in the morning, something which the early rising bakers and café teams are enjoying. This is the first blog I have done for The Handmade Bakery so I thought id introduce myself briefly – I’m Aaron, the newest baker, and part of my responsibility at The … [Read more...]

The place to hang out in Slaithwaite

              According to The Guardian, The Handmade Bakery is the place to hang out in Slaithwaite. See the article from Saturday 6th February2016. … [Read more...]

Re-opening Thursday January 14th 2016

We are happy to announce that all of our floor works have been completed and we will be open for business on Thursday 14th January. We are all looking forward to saying hello and Happy New Year to old and new faces. It's been a longer, enforced closure than we had originally planned but the canal side air will soon be wafting the smell of Real Bread down the towpath. See you soon All at … [Read more...]

We’re Baking a Lawn!

Every week we get a ton of organic flour delivered through the bakery doors.   As we bake we see the pallet load dwindle down to the last sacks and then the reassuring arrival of a new pallet order slides into the empty space.  Recently, we were told by our Millers that supplies of organic spelt were severely hit by the recent environmental conditions and that we would only be able to get a … [Read more...]

Is this our best kept secret?

It may well be if you’ve never visited The Handmade Bakery on a Saturday morning before. Ever since we opened our bakery doors four years ago we have made what we think is the best baguette you’ll find for many a mile. It's made with a traditional, artisan process and has a beautiful, crusty exterior with a fabulous holey crumb. The 4kg batch size makes them a strictly limited edition, with only a … [Read more...]

New course dates now available

A schedule of courses for the remainder of 2014 has now been finalised - see the courses page for further details. … [Read more...]

An exciting evolution…

An exciting evolution for the School of Slow and Handmade Bakery Courses. As many of you know, especially those of our customers that have been with us since the earliest beginnings of the bakery. Dan and Johanna, our founding members have been preparing the ground (literally!) over the past 18 months, for their exciting new venture abroad. They will now be concentrating on establishing a CSA … [Read more...]

A new chapter

Welcome to the new Handmade Bakery website! We’ve been working hard over the past few months to redesign our online presence.  Here you’ll find most of the content of our previous site, plus many new features that hopefully help to give a flavour of what we get up to at our bakery base in Slaithwaite. There’s a new course bookings page, with even more dates to be added soon.  We’ve also tried to … [Read more...]