Loaf is a co-operative-run bakery and cookery school based in Stirchley, South Birmingham since 2009. We aim to build community through real food and healthy living in Birmingham.

Our bread and pastries are freshly baked on site along with hearty lunches for the workers of Stirchley, while next door we teach bread-making and cookery skills. We look forward to meeting you!

Cookery School

Our cookery school is the heart of Loaf. Learn to bake the Loaf way, plus evening and masterclasses from guest chefs.

About our courses

Our Bakery

We proudly bake fresh bread daily from the simplest ingredients, plus pastries, cakes and more! Order online for collection or just come by and see what we have.

Order your bread


We make curry, soup, pizza, sausage & vegetable rolls and more in our kitchen, Tuesday to Friday, fresh from 12pm to takeaway.

Lunch menu for this week

Loaf bread vouchers

Our cute bread vouchers can each be exchanged for a fresh loaf of bread. The perfect gift for the sourdough fan in your life.

More info and orders

SIFA Fireside donations

We are collecting donations for the homelessness charity SIFA Fireside.

How to help

News from Loaf

  • Dog parking
    At the height of the pandemic, when we moved our counter to the front door, a lot of you got in the habit of collecting your baked goods while walking your dog. This was lovely as we […]
  • A new vegan cookie appears
    We are slowly increasing our range of vegan sweets and cakes, and this month are pleased to announce the arrival of a new contender. Please welcome the peanut butter dark chocolate cookie! At Loaf we believe vegan […]
  • Ten Acres Plum Festival
    Our good friends at Sustainable Life are running their festival of the noble plum again this August, and are looking for volunteers, activities and stalls. Community events are free and businesses can get involved for a £20 […]
  • SIFA Fireside fundraising update
    We’ve been taking donations for the homelessness charity SIFA Fireside since the start of 2023 and have raised £300 so far. Thanks to everyone who’s been able to donate — it’s really appreciated. They’ve recently remodelled how […]
  • We ran our first Heritage Grain class on Saturday
    Loaf’s Heritage Grain class has been in development for what seems like forever. After a year of planning it was due to run just as the pandemic hit. Then, while the cookery school was closed, we got […]
  • A grain gathering
    The West Midlands Grain Network met for the first time this month. Farmers, millers and bakers with an interest in rethinking how grain is grown, processed and consumed in the region attended. Three of the Loaf team […]
  • Regenerative flour
    We’ve recently been experimenting with a new stoneground flour and have been very pleased with how it’s turning out. It’s grown using regenerative methods which is something we’re very keen to support. One further advantage is, we […]
  • Books for bakers
    We’re often asked for book recommendations, either as gifts or as a follow-up from doing one of our classes, so here’s four that Rachel often suggests from our cookery school library. When she’s not in the bakery […]
  • Return of the handmade pasta
    One of our first-ever evening classes involved making fresh pasta, and then eating the results. Phil took over running it from Tom but when Phil left us in 2021 we were a little too preoccupied with pandemic […]
  • Meet Haseen Muthalali, the dosa teacher
    Following on from our interview with Loaf founder Tom Baker last week, we thought we’d get a bit more personal with all our cookery school teachers. Next up is Haseen Muthalali of Pop-up Dosa. Haseen has been […]