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Starts at Hart’s

It’s getting hard to remember now but the bakery started over 7 years ago from a borrowed kitchen off Whiteladies Road. Access was down a back lane, through a car park and up a flight of stairs – somehow customers did eventually find us but some days it was only a trickle. A chat with our neighbours from Planet Pizza and the offer to pop up on Saturdays outside their Gloucester Road restaurant has played a huge part in our story and we have never forgotten it. It allowed us to meet lots of new customers, try out our products and have at least one day a week of good trading to keep the business afloat.


Laura serving Saturday Bread and custard tarts outside Planet Pizza, sometime in 2011


Bristol is a fantastic city to start a business in – independent businesses are a key feature of why its such a great city to live in and the spirit of support and innovation makes it an ideal starting point. But getting your foot in the door of a busy city can be tough, there is a vibrant market scene but they are well established and not always accessible to new traders. We wouldn’t be where we are now without a lot of help and support in the early days and we want to pass that generosity on.


This summer we would like to offer the opportunity for new businesses to pop up at a series of Saturday markets outside the bakery. We’ll provide (for free) a gazebo, tables and all the coffee you need to keep you going. We are looking for businesses that have been trading for less than a year, with great ideas or products ready to meet new customers and shout about what you are doing. It doesn’t matter what you are doing – food, craft, service, charity – we want to hear from you!


The markets will run on the first Saturday of the month – 5th May, 2nd June & 7th July with 4 traders each week. If you or someone you know would like to take part please get in touch by emailing – tell us a bit about yourself, your business and why you’d like to have a pitch with us.


We’ll be posting details of who will be with us each week as soon as they are confirmed – watch this space for the most exciting things to be setting up in Bristol this year! Follow us on twitter and Instagram @hartsbakery #startsatharts



We are very excited to be joining with Wonder Creation Studio to offer a series of art workshops culminating in a collaborative artwork that will be displayed in the bakery.


We would like to invite you to join us to explore and discover what lifts your spirits and makes your imagination soar! We’ll create, conjure images and words that will inspire you for this year.


Using the feather as a symbol to connect with your positive intentions for this year, this is an opportunity to express yourself using combined mixed media – handmade papers, collage, fabric, buttons, watercolour / acrylic paints, mandala art and much more… creative writing… intuitive expression… whatever it is, you can do it!


This will be a space to take a break from every day life, spend some time being creative and in the moment. Suitable for all abilities and ages and a great idea for team bonding in small companies.


‘What if’ workshop dates (click to book):

Thursday 26th April : 5.30 – 7pm

Sunday 29th April: 10.30am – noon



After the ‘What if’ workshops we would like to invite everyone to showcase their personalised creations as part of a collaborative piece of artwork which will be exhibited at Hart’s Bakery.  Drinks and cake will be provided and you will be able to take your feather home with you.  This is all included in your workshop ticket cost

The Showcase Event will be on Sunday 29th April: 12.30 – 2.30pm


For more information contact Joanna 


We’re delighted to welcome back Harriet from de Winton Paper Co for two more of her popular workshops



In this 3 hour session you will learn basic techniques with a dip pen nib and ink. From there you’ll copy a lower and upper case alphabet, numbers and punctuation. You will learn about how to join up the letters to make words and phrases. The class will finish with each attendee creating a chosen phrase or quote in their own personal free style.


The workshop runs from 2pm to 5pm at the bakery.  There will be plenty of baked goodies and hot drinks to keep your creative juices flowing. You will also leave with a kit of modern calligraphy essentials


For bookings and more information  click here



This Watercolour Modern Botanicals Workshop offers an introduction to watercolour painting with a focus on plants and flowers. You will learn the fundamentals of watercolour as well as the key steps to painting any plant or flower. We will finish off the class with everyone painting a watercolour wreath choosing whichever plants and flowers they have enjoyed painting the most.


The workshop runs from 10am – 1pm and includes hot drinks and bakery goodies. Every attendee gets a takeaway kit of watercolour essentials.


For bookings and more information  click here



Christmas opening times

We will be open up to and including Saturday 23rd December


The bakery will then be closed for a kitchen refit and will re-open on Tuesday 9th January 2018


We’ll have mince pies, Lebkuchen, spekulaas and all our usual baking including pastries, bread and savouries.  If you are looking for a Christmas cake alternative we have Clementine and chocolate fudge cakes with chocolate ganache and candied orange (Feeds 12-16, £30) .


We recommend pre ordering for Christmas week. Please call the bakery on 0117 9924488




Small is Beautiful – Every Saturday in December


With so many Christmas markets at this time of year, it can all be a bit overwhelming – stall after stall of lovely handcrafted things that you often come away full of cheap mince pies and realise you haven’t actually bought anything.  Sound familiar?


So we’ve done the hard work for you and invited a few of our favourite artists and makers to set up at the bakery each Saturday in December. Each week will have a different small group of carefully selected independent traders. Handmade, thoughtful and special gifts that will be perfect for the impossible to buy for, the person who has everything or maybe just for yourself.


The event will run each Saturday in December from 9am – 2pm.


Saturday 2nd December

BILLING AND BRIGGS – natural and biodynamic wines
LILY VIOLET MAY – wreaths, flowers and festive foliag

MARTHA ANNE – illustrations and gifts



Saturday 9th December

LARCH – jewellery using silver, brass and copper made by Iulia
PEAK – cyclists hats from our very own Fiona the baker
BRISTOL JAM PLAN – delicious preserves from surplus food for a good cause

CARMEL ESKELL – ceramics


Saturday 16th December

TROUBLE[D] MAKERS – Will and Tessa with their pottery, wooden gifts and jewellery
DREAMY OX – curious creations from set designer and model maker Max Dorey

A.APRONS – Fabulous, functional aprons made in Bristol



Saturday 23rd December

LOOF TERRARIUMS – stylish terrariums made in Bristol
LOOP MASSAGE – essential oils, soaps and candles

MAYD – Beautifully designed homeware and make it yourself kits

BILLING AND BRIGGS – natural and biodynamic wines


The bakery will be open as usual and in full swing for Christmas, with mince pies, ginger biscuits, piccalilli, spiced quince Danish and all manner of goodies.  Our spectacular display from Max Dorey will be up from 1st December.


Louise Talbot from Cutting the Curd  will be returning on Sunday 5th November to deliver another one of her excellent cheese making workshops.


This class will explore the early history of cheese, the basic principles of how cheese is made and demonstrate (with your help!) how to produce a range of soft cheeses such as halloumi, mozzarella, mascarpone, salad cheese (feta) and cream cheese using raw farm or supermarket milk and vegetarian rennet. You’ll sample cheese as its made and also take a selection home with you. The class is a good mix of demonstration, hands-on, theory and tasting.


You will leave with course notes and recipes (and the confidence to make many other types of cheese) and the session includes tea and cake with fresh made mascarpone!


Price per person:  £65
Sunday 5th November 2017: 1:30pm to 5:15pm SOLD OUT

NEW DATE ADDED: Sunday 14th January 2018


For more details on how to book please contact Louise




We’re delighted to welcome back Harriet from de Winton Paper Co for another of her popular Modern Calligraphy workshops


In this 3 hour session you will learn basic techniques with a dip pen nib and ink. From there you’ll copy a lower and upper case alphabet, numbers and punctuation. You will learn about how to join up the letters to make words and phrases. The class will finish with each attendee creating a chosen phrase or quote in their own personal free style.


The workshop runs from 10am to 1pm on Sunday 10th September. There will be plenty of baked goodies and hot drinks to keep your creative juices flowing. You will also leave with a kit of modern calligraphy essentials


For bookings and more information

Experienced Baker Required




Full time – 40 – 45 hours a week
5 days a week including Saturdays, earliest start time 4.30am
To start in May or early June


We are looking for an experienced baker to join our small team.  We make a range of sourdough, viennoiserie and cakes.  Using a slow overnight retard for all our bread and pastries we have developed a rhythm that allows for sociable working hours, products fresh from the oven when we open and a connection with customers as they are able to see the whole process.

You should have experience in a similar role with a knowledge and passion for baking artisan bread, pastries and cakes.  You will be familiar with mixing, shaping and baking a range of breads and experience with laminated products.  As a team of just 3 full time bakers, roles are shared and rotated so you need to proficient in all areas but this also means lots of variety of work.

As part of a small team you will need to be able to work independently, efficiently and share responsibility for the smooth running of the bakery.  Quality is at the heart of what we do – you should have great attention to detail and be always striving to improve products and processes.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a young and developing business, already with a strong reputation and customer base in Bristol.  There will be ample opportunity for creative input, developing new products and ideas which will expand our wholesale, retail and café trade.


Salary dependent on experience

Please send a CV and covering letter to



This one-off, staff run event will showcase the hidden (and not so hidden) talents of the Hart’s Bakery team. It’s a chance to meet, chat to and purchase the products that are getting their creative juices flowing and keeping them up at night (despite the early starts). If they’re eating it, making it  and creating it – you better believe you’ll want to know about it too.


From breakfast classics like vegan porridge, iced buns and excellent coffee to brunch-time Hawaiian Poke, bbq chicken wings and the Polish speciality bigos. We’re giving Extract Coffee the day off and barista Sam will be showcasing some exciting espresso from Round Hill. There will be bread and lots of baking too but don’t expect any of our usual fare – this is an opportunity to let our team loose with all the creative ideas we can’t fit in to our normal menu.


It’s not just food, we’ve got talented artists, potters and jewellery makers in our midst so join us for the perfect Sunday market vibe.


We’ll be open from 9am to 3pm. Please note cash only!

Check out @hartsallstars on Instagram for some hints of what everyone is planning

Christmas at the Bakery

It’s our favourite time of year again and on 8th December it will also be our 4th birthday! We’ll be baking our almond crumble mince pies every day until Christmas Eve and look out for other festival specials along the way.

We expect to be very busy on Christmas Eve so get your orders in now – give us a call or email. Or why not beat the rush and pick up on Friday 23rd December?




Christmas opening times
We are open as normal (Tues – Sat from 7am until 3pm) up to and including Saturday 24th December.
We will then be closed for our annual break until Wednesday 4th January.

We will be closed on Tuesday 3rd January.