A common complaint I hear from visitors to the UK is about our bread. A standard loaf here will come in a plastic bag from the supermarket, pre-sliced and designed to last several days. While it’s true that’s the most common way to buy bread here, there are other options!
Breadshare is a non-profit, social enterprise with a mission to provide real bread for everyone. No stereotypical British bread here! All their products are organic and made using slow fermentation techniques.
They had a shop down in Leith for a while but last year I was very excited when they opened up Alex Bakes 5 minutes’ walk from my office. It’s at the West End of Princes Street, tucked underneath St Johns Church.
The bakery is in the crypt of the church, which adds to the appeal. Not only do you get tasty bread and cakes but it’s also an interesting space.
The room is almost in two halves, one for the shop and the other a workshop space. Breadshare offer their own workshops here, offering classes in sourdough, pizza or tea tasting, and they also offer the space for other organisations to run their own classes. For example, I’ve seen the Edinburgh Remakery offer sewing classes in the space.
You can’t go wrong with a loaf of their sourdough and their rye bread also comes highly recommended. My favourite though are their vegan scones.