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: https://twitter.com/WhiteRabbitChoc/status/1227940874056802304

Heart-shaped artisan cheese – perfect for Valentine’s Day

Selection of Valentine’s cheeses at Habxy Bakehouse deli.

Staying in on Valentine’s night? How did we guess?! You can still feel the love by serving up special Bakehouse-inspired meals to make it a day and night to remember.

Baron Bigod Valentine’s cheese.

Make an impact by presenting Valentine’s cheeses, many of which are our best-selling favourites shaped into hearts to help you show you care. Pair them with Haxby Bread, crackers, Yorkshire Crisps, olives and our other accompaniments to wow at the table or make a showstopping hamper.

Baron Bigod’s Bigod I Love You cheese is an award-winning creamy Brie-style cheese hand ladled at Fen Farm Dairy in Suffolk, using the raw milk of its happy Montbéliarde cows. Serve it sliced over warm, roasted vegetables or with figs, red onion marmalade and thick oatcakes.

The eye-catching red casing of Kick-Ass Cheese (pictured above) makes this creamy, strong, extra mature cheddar a perfect Valentine’s gift. It’s produced by Procter’s Cheeses, a family business in the Ribble Valley, Lancashire, and is great served with chilli jam and chilli crackers to really warm things up!

Selection of cheese crackers at the Bakehouse deli.

We love White Lake Heart of Gold cheese, a mild and distinctly creamy brie made from Guernsey cow’s milk in Somerset and crafted with care into a heart shape. Serve in a bacon sandwich or alongside our fantastic range of charcuterie from multi award-winning Lishman’s of Ilkley.

The Valentines Day special Burt’s Blue cheese is a semi-soft blue veined cheese hand-made in Cheshire using pasteurised milk. Its ‘mouldy coat,’ which can vary between greys and blues, is quite edible and makes a really striking cheeseboard centrepiece. Bake it in ham-wrapped figs – or it’s a perfect match with Haxby Bakehouse crusty bread for posh cheese on toast.

What ever your plans this Valentine’s Day, our top tip for success is to make it as cheesy as possible!

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.

10% discount with a YorkieCard!

You can now get 10% off every bread loaf at Haxby Bakehouse by investing in a YorkieCard, a new loyalty card to support independent businesses in York.

Every independent business signed up to the YorkieCard scheme offers discounts and/or exclusive deals, so you can save yourself cash while discovering new and interesting places to shop, eat and drink around the city.

YorkieCards cost just £12 a year (£20 for two) – so it won’t take long for you to get your money back and start saving. And you’ll be supporting independent businesses by putting money into the local economy.

The loyalty cards are the brainchild of one of the directors of Haxby Bakehouse customer The Larder Club, an Italian deli on Blake Street, York. She said: “My involvement with The Larder Club meant I witnessed first-hand the difficulty businesses were facing across the city.

“I also recognise that many of us want to support local independent businesses as much as we can and the YorkieCard will help us all discover and support York’s many hidden local gems.”

To find out more about YorkieCards and buy your own, click here.

Veganuary starts here!

Vegan range at Haxby Bakehouse

Trying a plant-based diet for Veganuary? Or are you a year-round non-dairy, meat-free eater?

Either way, take your pick from our extensive range of vegan foods to make delicious and healthy meals at home. Or treat yourself to one of our hot, tasty take-away vegan options.

We have veggie burger mixes, 4 grain couscous, greenwheat freekeh and organic jackfruit. Or try our Suma tins of organic ravioli, vegan baked beans and burgers, cheesy pasta, and meatball chilli. Then there’s dolmades (vine leaves stuffed with rice) and our ever-popular Middle Eastern Houmous.

Chase away the grey-day blues with one of our warming takeaway vegan soups, made on the premises each day. They’re served with our own Haxby Bakehouse sourdough croutons which are simply heavenly, though we say so ourselves.

Phil our baker and his team make vegan focaccia daily, and our deli counter serves deliciously creamy and smoky vegan Applewood cheese. We also sell jacket potatoes with a range of vegan fillings, plus vegan toasties like Applewood cheese and red onion marmalade, made with Haxby bread, of course.

So whether you’ve resolved to eat more healthily this January or just fancy a change, pop in to the Bakehouse and give those tastebuds a Veganuary lift!

We wish all our customers a healthy and happy 2021.


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 ordering at Haxby Bakehouse

Make Christmas tastier without the stress by ordering in advance from Haxby Bakehouse. We’ll reserve you the best and you’ll just have to come and pick it up. What could be simpler? Choose from:

• Our fantastic range of artisan bread
• Hampers pre-made or made to order
• Home-made Christmas cakes
• Charcuterie/ deli platters
• Cheese boards
• Voakes award-winning pies (pork; poultry & stuffing; black pudding & red onion marmalade; game) and sausage rolls.
• Wilson’s small pork pies (plain; pork & black pudding; pork & apple; pork & chilli jam)
• Staal smoked fish and chicken
• Hand-made chocolates from White Rabbit Chocolatiers

The deadline for ordering pies is Saturday 12th December and please order everything else by Friday 18th December. Let us know when you want to pick up but remember we’ll be closing at 3pm on Christmas Eve. Order forms are available at the shop, or just give us a ring on 01904 765878.

We’ll pick the best charcuterie and cheeses (you choose or leave it to us) to make an impressive platter to suit your budget. We selflessly taste-tested the best pies and sausage rolls in the region so you could lay on a top festive spread

Our hampers can include anything from our store. As well as our freshly-baked bread, bread dippers and other products, you can take your pick from speciality condiments, biscuits, chocolates and ingredients from all over the world. We also have lots of foodie gifts to make anyone’s Christmas extra special.

Top it off by presenting foodie gifts in a unique cotton Haxby Bakehouse gift sack (£5) or bag (£12.99), printed exclusively for us in New Earswick by Mrs Hall Makes.

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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