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Christmas Market Saturday 15th December

On Saturday 15th December we will be holding our Christmas market outside the bakery, and we’ve invited a selection of our favourite independents from across Bristol. Thanks to Martha Anne for our wonderful poster!


We’ve got the festive feasting and drinking covered with wine, cider, cheese, flowers and coffee. Billings and Briggs will have a selection of organic, biodynamic and natural wines with free tastings so you can try before you buy. We are also very excited to have Ingrid from Dunleavy Vineyards with her award winning 2017 pinot noir rose and a very exclusive sparking white wine – only 500 bottles produced and already over 50% sold so don’t miss out!


Cider, apple juice, vegetables and cheese from Wildings Cider, Raw cacao hot chocolate with handmade marshmallows from Broma and amazing chilli sauces from Loba Makossa will help fill up your festive larder. Flowers and wreaths from Lily Violet May


For extra special handmade gifts you’ll find Old Market Plants, TE Pottery, Pipistrelle Design, Larch Jewellery and more to be confirmed!


Saturday 15th December. 8am-2pm


The bakery will be open as usual from 7am – 3pm with mince pies and other festive treats




On Saturday 8th December, Max Minerva’s will be setting up a pop-up bookshop at the bakery, with a selection of their favourite cookery books to peruse and perhaps find a Christmas gift.


Max Minerva’s are a part of a new wave of independent bookshops. Recently opened in Westbury Park by Jessica and Sam it’s already firmly part of the local community with events, author readings and an ordering service to rival any of the online giants.


At the same time we will also be hosting some Bristol’s best food writers for book signings and to chat about their books.


8am – 10am Genevieve Taylor 

Author, food stylist and presenter Genevieve Taylor has written a number of books including most recently The Ultimate Wood Fired Cook Book. If you follow her on Instagram you’ll be rewarded with wonderful pictures of outdoor cooking (whatever the weather!) that goes way beyond the bbq classics. Her other books cover topics from soup, stews, pies and a whole book on the wonderful egg. Brilliant presents for experienced cooks and novices alike.


10am – 11am Lia Leendertz

Award-winning gardener and food writer Lia Leendertz’s 2019 Almanac revives the tradition of the rural almanac, connecting you with the months and seasons via moon-gazing, foraging, feast days, seasonal eating, meteor-spotting and gardening. This makes a wonderful gift for growers and food lovers giving a glimpse into the bounty of the coming year.


11am – noon Claire Thompson

Chef, food writer and mother, Claire is bringing a new approach to family cooking. Her first three books The 5 o’clock apron, National Trust Family Cookbook and the Art of the Larder are soon to be joined by New Kitchen Basics. Her recipes celebrate fresh ingredients, store cupboard basics and dishes the whole family will love to cook and eat.


The bakery will be open as normal from 7am to 3pm including mince pies and other seasonal treats


Finisterre Clearance Sale with Coffee and Pastries

Sunday 30th September 2018
10am – 3pm


We’re very excited to be joined in the bakery by Finisterre for a very rare clearance sale.  This is a great opportunity to grab a bargain as they make way for new season stock.


Established in Cornwall in 2003, Finisterre has become synonymous with the very best of surfing, outdoor and casual wear.  With a commitment to sustainability they are turning the tide against the trend for disposable fashion – creating garments to be timeless and built to last.



If that wasn’t reason enough to get out of bed on a Sunday morning, the bakery will also be open for coffee and croissants.  We will be using coffee beans from local roasters Triple Co Roast and our bakers will be making some extra special sweet and savoury pastries to keep you going while you browse.


Sit in or bring your own cup if you’d like to take away – in line with our and Finisterre’s ethos to minimise our impact on the environment, no single use cups will be offered at this event.  We’ll have a selection of Keep Cups available to buy if you need one!

Barista / Front of House Vacancy



Part time Barista / FOH vacancy


Up to 4 shifts per week (32 hours).  Mixture of opening and closing shifts between the hours of 6.30am and 4:00pm. Must be able to work on Saturdays.


We are looking for a new member for our Front of House team.  Exceptional customer service is our priority, therefore experience in a busy café or hospitality environment is essential.  We have a big group of lovely regulars as well of plenty of new customers every day, so you need to be welcoming, friendly and able to build rapport quickly. We are a busy bakery, which means we work at a fast pace, so energy and efficiency are a must!


Barista experience is desirable.  Great coffee is a big part of what we offer, with rotating house espressos from Extract coffee roasters and high-end equipment.


The role also includes some food preparation, taking orders for hot food, answering calls, taking customer pre-orders and day-to-day upkeep of the café space.


Open from 7am – 3pm Tuesday to Saturday we offer attractive working hours, training, competitive pay and as a small team, plenty of opportunity to learn and make your mark on a growing business.


To apply please email a CV and covering letter to

Experienced Baker Required



Full time – 40-45 hours a week
5 days a week including Saturdays, earliest start time 4.30am
To start in Autumn 2018


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 meaning plenty of variety and scope to bring new ideas.


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.  There will be ample opportunity for your creative input in developing new products.


The bakery is a fun and fast-paced place to work.  You will be joining a friendly team of passionate people, who also inspire and help to create regular events around food, art, community and business.


Salary dependent on experience

Please send a CV and covering letter to

Saturday 18th August – Women in Coffee

On Saturday 18th August we are hosting an event to celebrate Women in Coffee, bringing together some great local enterprises run by women that are really starting to make waves in the industry.

Girls who Grind
Girls Who Grind is an all female coffee roastery run by Fi O’Brien and Casey Lalonde just down the road in Frome.  They source all their beans from female growers, and support projects that empower women and promote gender equality.  We will be serving their coffee in the bakery on the day, and you can meet the roasters themselves as well as buy a bag of beans for brewing at home.


Far Side Coffee

Founded by Kadie Regan in 2017, Far Side Coffee specialise in cold brew with rich, vibrant and refreshing flavours.  Kadie sources her coffee exclusively from female coffee alliances and uses an 18 hour process to bring out the natural flavours of the beans.  She’ll be with us all day so come and have a taste and prepare to be awed!


The Coffee House Project

Spearheaded by Louisa and Sofia this festival of coffee will take place at the Passenger Shed in September.  Bringing together the very best baristas, roasters, suppliers and equipment as well as talks, competitions, workshops and trade stands representing every aspect of the coffee industry.  They will be on hand at the bakery all day with more information of what you can expect, as well as selling tickets for the festival.


The bakery will be open as normal from 7am – 3pm

Wine Tasting & Thai BBQ – Saturday 21st July


As if great coffee and pastries fresh from the oven weren’t reasons enough to pop over to see us, we have two great guests joining us this Saturday 21st July.


From 8am Billings and Briggs will be set up with a selection of natural wines to try and buy. They will be paired with sweet and savoury products from the bakery. This is a great chance to meet Dan and Louise and explore a group of wines all made using sustainable farming and clean production methods. It’s never too early for wine!


From 11am – 2pm we’ll have the first in our series of summer BBQ’s. We’re very excited to have Jean’s Thai on Gloucester Road kicking us off. This small restaurant run by Jean and her family is a firm favourite among the bakery team and we reckon cooking some of the best Thai food in town. She’ll be serving up a couple of her best loved BBQ dishes – make sure you add some of her famous chilli sauces.

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’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