Bakehouse proud to be part of Producer Markets

Tang Hall Producer Market

One of the best parts of our mission to produce the finest traditional, additive-free bread is getting out and meeting our customers, as well as other like-minded local producers.

Fabulous locally-grown and made produce

That’s why we love the monthly Producer Markets held in Tang Hall, along with the weekly markets held every Wednesday night. If you haven’t been yet you’re seriously missing out.

Stall-holders at the market are all local, small-scale food growers and makers selling organic, local, sustainably-grown produce like veg, fruit, meat, plants, cakes, eggs and dairy, oils, dried fruit and seeds, plus jams and chutneys. There’s also gorgeous takeaway food and hot drinks.

Phil manning the Haxby Bakehouse stall. Should have taken the pic earlier when it was full!

They meet at Tang Hall Community Centre (out in the car park at the moment) as part of Food Circle York’s ambition of creating a new sustainable food system to bring affordable local fresh product to local people.

Food Circle York was set up by super-chef Joe Fennerty, who’s worked in the finest restaurants (currently Skosh York) as a bread and pastry chef. The markets are held at Tang Hall Community Centre, at the junction of Fifth Avenue and Melrosegate, on Wednesdays from 4-6pm and the last Saturday in every month from 12-2pm.

Phil, the Haxby Bakehouse owner-baker, mans our stall at the Producer Markets, and our bread is also available at the Wednesday night markets. See you there!

For more information see @FoodCircleYork on Facebook and get onto the mailing list.


Garofalo pasta now on sale at the deli

As artisan bakers we’re full of respect for food made properly, which is why we jumped at the chance to add Garofalo pasta to our deli range.

The company combines artisan tradition with industrial innovation to produce dried pasta that we think is stunning. They’re also big on their environmental and social responsibilities, which is a huge plus for us.

Garofalo are obsessed with the taste, colour and “lively dish presence” of their pasta.  They talk about its “outstanding personality” and ensure it delivers “a unique tactile experience in the mouth.”

Spend any time with us and you’ll realise we’re similarly obsessive about our bread. So we recognise the signs of quality when we see it.

We now stock Garofalo’s Orzo, Macaroni and Orecchiette, all made in the celebrated dried pasta producing area of Gragnano, in southern Italy. That’s alongside our Seggiano range of Tuscan organic pasta, La Molisana tagliarini from Campobasso, southern Italy, and the brilliant Yorkshire Pasta from Malton.

Give them a try and show ‘em at home how proper pasta tastes. You won’t look back.

Magical hand-made Easter treats

Looking for a special Easter treat for the chocaholic in your life? We’ve taken delivery of some mouth-wateringly gorgeous bunnies and hens to make them smile.

Our exclusive supply of magical handmade chocolates from White Rabbit Chocolatiers in Beverley includes an Easter Hen decorated with orange polka dots on thick masterblend chocolate, containing two milk chocolate eggs. Or grab an Easter Bunny decorated with pink polka dots… it’s a thin layer of white chocolate over thick masterblend milk chocolate and contains two milk chocolate carrots.

White Rabbit Chocolatiers is an award-winning second generation family business whose talented Chocolatiers hand-craft chocolate in small batches using traditional techniques. Our Haxby Bakehouse deli range also includes cute little Easter hens and bunnies with a mini-egg, as well as a selection of chocolate bars which include the Easter special Cherry Bakewell flavour.

The Bakehouse is open as normal over Easter, serving up delicious artisan bread, pastries, cakes, cheeses, charcuterie and special ingredients. Our hours are:

Good Friday: 10-5

Saturday: 9-5

Easter Sunday and Monday: Closed

Tuesday 6th: 10-5


Warm yourself up with a sumptuous hot chocolate made by York Cocoa Works and now available as part of our takeaway hot drinks selection.

Take your pick from Milk Chocolate, White Chocolate or Chocolate Orange – all made with creamy milk and gorgeous real chocolate flakes handmade at York Cocoa Works.

The independent company is based in Castlegate, York, where owner Sophie and her team are as fanatical about getting their recipes right as we are with our breads, pastries and cakes. We’ve stocked up on our favourite flavours to share them with you. Choose from:

  • Milk Chocolate Hot Chocolate flakes handcrafted from 40% milk chocolate and whole cream milk powder combined with Madagascan Bourbon Vanilla to give a rich and velvety balance.
  • White Chocolate Hot Chocolate flakes are 36% white chocolate mixed with rich whole cream milk powder combined and Madagascan Bourbon Vanilla.
  • Chocolate Orange Hot Chocolate uses 50% classic hot chocolate crafted from single origin cocoa flavoured with orange oil, to give a rich and balanced treat.

We also sell a range of hot teas and coffees to keep you warm as you continue your journey. They go perfectly with our mouth-wateringly good Haxby Baker pastries and cakes selection by Bakehouse in the Barn. And from Friday, we’ll be selling bags of York Cocoa Works’ Milk Chocolate Hot Chocolate so you can make it at home. Drop in and treat yourself today.

Happy #RealBreadWeek!

Every week is Real Bread Week at Haxby Bakehouse but this week is we’re proud to support the official annual celebration of additive-free loaves and the people who make them.

That’s you too: we applaud anyone who makes their own bread and keeps the process as natural as possible. We sell our ingredients at the Bakehouse – so why not seize the dough and start baking your own today?

Making real bread is fun and satisfying. Making it with the kids is a great way to steer them towards healthier food: you’d be amazed at the number of children who ‘don’t like wholemeal’ but love it when it’s lovingly made by their own mitts. Real Bread is:

  • Better for you Most mass-produced loaves have artificial additives, high levels of yeast to force the dough to rise quickly, and perhaps a dollop of fat. Some are sprayed with chemicals to slow the growth of mould. The whole bread-making process can take as little as 45 minutes from start to finish. Our sourdough bread takes three days to make and uses no flour improvers, no hydrogenised fat and no preservatives. Not only does that result in a tastier loaf but by the time you eat it, the naturally-occurring enzymes have started to break down the gluten, so it’s easier to digest.
  • Better for our community Money spent with local businesses is worth far more to a local economy than money spent at, say, a supermarket. We employ local people and buy from local suppliers where possible. One study found that, of every £1 spent with local businesses, an average of 76% was re-invested locally. By contrast, for every £1 spent with suppliers based outside the area, only 36p was returned*.
  • Better for our planet The big bakers producing the majority of our loaves transport more than twelve million of them around the country each day**. Diesel-guzzling lorry loads travel up and down motorways from large plant bakeries to central distribution depots, then local distribution hubs and on to retailers. The majority of our flour comes from Yorkshire and we make a point of using local suppliers.

Our owner-baker Phil Clayton is proud to be a Real Bread ambassador and is serious about his responsibility to choose his ingredients wisely and carefully. Help us support the environment and our wonderful local farmers by making or buying real bread. Share photos of your bread this week with the hashtag #WeAreRealBread.

Find tips and recipes for making Real Bread here.

* Sacks, J. Public spending for public benefit, New Economics Foundation, London, July 2005
** Calculated by Sustain from figures published by the Flour Advisory Bureau and Federation of Bakers.

Oat and honey loaf – it’s Yorkshire’s finest!

Oat and honey loaf from Haxby Bakehouse

Have you tried our oat and honey loaves yet? They’re specially made with Lovely Strensall Honey, Yorkshire Organic flour and oats from Stringers of Driffield, making them a real local treat.

Tommy Banks, chef-owner of The Black Swan, Oldstead and Roots in York – both of which now have Michelin Stars – likes the loaves so much he included them in his sell-out Made in Oldstead Valentine’s boxes.

You can still get oat and honey loaves every day at Haxby Bakehouse, though. What makes them extra special (apart from our baking skills, obvs!) is the amazing honey supplied to us by Rich, a beekeeper extraordinaire from Strensall.

We’ve been selling his honey in jars for some time and one day he came into the shop apologising because some of the honey had started to ferment. Phil, our head baker, was delighted as he’d just seen a renowned chef waxing lyrical about fermented honey on a documentary series. A few trial runs later and the Oat and Honey Loaf was born.

A real Yorkshire treat

Phil says: “The Lovely Strensall honey we use is slightly fermented, which means the water content is higher and the honey’s started to ferment. That makes the flavour get really strong which is perfect for us because you get a lovely honey flavour without the sweetness.

“We also use 100% Yorkshire Organic flour, supplied to us by Yorkshire Organic Millers, based on the North York Moors National Park, and the oats are from Stringer’s, who farm organically on the Yorkshire Wolds.

“We think the resulting loaf is great. And far nicer for being 100% Yorkshire.”


If chocolate melts your loved one’s heart, look no further than our selection of luxurious artisan chocolate gifts supplied for Valentine’s Day by White Rabbit Chocolatiers.

All their chocolate’s hand-made in small batches and the amazing taste-bud-tangling results are a feast for the eyes as well as the senses.

The Passion Fruit With Rose bar is White Rabbit’s signature white chocolate made with Dominican Republic beans, flavoured with passion fruit and decorated with crystalised real rose petals.

The 70% dark chocolate ‘Aphrodisiac’ Fig & Cherry bar is its classic masterblend of dark chocolate made with Ecuadorian beans, with sumptuous figs and cherries added in.

Or give nine bite-sized pieces of heaven: mouth-watering salted caramel in creamy masterblend 38% milk chocolate, finished with a cute heart pattern

We’re also selling irresistible favourites from Beverley-based White Rabbit’s range: Two Chilli; Rose & Geranium; Nuts & Raisin, and Yorkshire Honeycomb.

If you really want to make an impact, the Boom! Novelty hot chocolate maker will go down a bomb. You add it to a cup or mug via its strawberry lace fuse, pour on hot milk and watch the magical ‘explosion’ to reveal mini marshmallows! This Valentine’s delight has been tickling us pink. Watch the video here:

Semlor buns – the ultimate Lenten treat

Want to share in our secret for banishing the grey day blues? Treat yourself to one of our gorgeously indulgent semlor Lenten buns.

Semlor buns are a Scandinavian treat which are so special that they’re only made at this time of year. Traditionally, bakers sell them in the run-up to Lent (February 17th) and once we tried them, we decided it was a custom we had to observe here, too.

Haxby Bakehouse has put its own slant on the buns, which are cardamom-scented and like a super-tasty cross between a doughnut and bread. We add our own special almond cream to the middle, and top it with a thick layer of heavenly whipped cream.

We enjoy adding seasonal variation to our baking repertoire and every year we convert more customers to this rival to Shrove Tuesday pancakes. Swedish folk love semlor buns so much they eat an estimated six million of them on Fat Tuesday, their name for Shrove Tuesday, which isn’t bad for a population of just over 10 million.

Add a warm glow to your home by serving this irresistible treat, baked every day in our Haxby Bakehouse ovens until the beginning of Lent.


Haxby Bakehouse will be open between Christmas and New Year for the first time this year to ensure our loyal customers don’t go short of bread, pastries and pies during the festive season.

Tina and Phil are taking the Christmas and New Year weekends off to put their feet up with the family, but will open the Bakehouse doors in between. As well as our amazing bread, we’ll be selling award-winning Voakes pies (pork; poultry & stuffing; game and black pudding & red onion marmalade), plus our amazing deli selection, top cheeses, Yorkshire Crisps, store cupboard staples and foodie treats.

Get out of the house and head our way to top up with all the goodies you need to make the in-between festive period extra special. We look forward to seeing you!

Our Christmas opening hours are:

Mon 21st December: CLOSED
Tue 22nd December: 10am – 5pm
Wed 23rd December: 10am – 5pm
Thu 24th December: 9am – 3pm
Fri 25th – Mon 28th December: CLOSED
Tue 29th December: 10-5
Wed 30th December: 10-5
Thu 31st December: 9-3
Fri 1st – Monday 4th January: CLOSED
Tuesday 5th January: 10am – 4pm

Christmas hampers – the perfect foodie gift

Looking for a different gift idea to make someone’s Christmas? A personalised foodie hamper packed with treats and ingredients from the Haxby Bakehouse is probably just what you’re looking for.

You can make your own hamper by picking exactly what you want from our shelves to make the perfect unique gift. Choose from gorgeous chocolates,  teas and coffees, biscuits and a choice of the finest ingredients to make special dishes from around the world.

We also have pre-made hampers for sale to inspire you. The tea-lover in your life will swoon over our selection of award-winning condiments, Rooibos tea, White Rabbit chocolates, shortbread rounds and marzipan fruits. If coffee’s more their thing, special roasts, coffee syrups, biscuits and complementary chocolates will make brewing up extra special.

We’ve also put together Italian hampers, containing Yorkshire Pasta, cooking sauce, dried mushrooms and antipasto treats. Our Indian-themed hamper includes specialised ingredients from Rafi’s spicebox, so you can gift the perfect curry in a box.

A Yorkshire hamper would be hard to top, in our opinion. Pack it with chutneys from Nether Poppleton, Malton’s Roost coffee, Yorkshire crisps, charcuterie from Ilkley, pickles and conserves from Mercers of Wetherby, cheeses from all over God’s own county and fish from the Staal Smokehouse, Long Riston.

If you’re buying nearer Christmas, add freshly-made items from our delicatessen, like locally-made pies, quiches, sausage rolls, heavenly cakes and morning pastries. If you want to throw in some festive fizz or beer, nip next door to the Tipsy Fox off-licence. And of course, don’t forget to top off your hamper with the greatest gift of all – Haxby bread!

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