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11 of the best bakeries in Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 16:19 21 September 2017

Dozen Artisan Bakery, Norwich (photo: Tim Platt, www.timplatt.com)

Dozen Artisan Bakery, Norwich (photo: Tim Platt, www.timplatt.com)

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A lazy weekend isn't complete without a trip to an artisan bakery for bread and pastries for breakfast. Head to one of these 11 Norfolk bakeries for your tasty baked goods

1. Bread Source, Norwich and Aylsham

With a focus on hand made, natural bread, award winning Bread Source brings the artisanal bakery to the streets of Norwich and Aylsham. Find freshly baked loaves and rolls, croissants, and plenty of sweet treats too. Bread Source's bread is supplied to many cafés, markets and two shops, one in Norwich and one in Aylsham. Enjoy a coffee alongside your pastry.

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2. Dozen Artisan Bakery, Norwich

Expect lovingly hand made tarts, pastries, croissants, cakes, biscuits and loaves of organic bread at Dozen Artisan Bakery on Gloucester Street in Norwich. You can pick up deli treats in the form of local honey, jams and chutneys, a variety of cheeses, olives and more at Dozen. Grab some bread, pastries and takeaway coffees and take them back home for a lazy Saturday brunch. Oh, and you must try one of the famed apple, red onion and rosemary sausage rolls!

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3. Timberhill Bakery, Norwich

With tranquil interiors reminiscent of the minimalism of Scandinavian design, Timberhill Bakery has seating to enjoy a coffee or cold drink with a hefty sandwich, salad, cake or pastry. See the hustle and bustle of bakers preparing the breads and smell roast coffee as you wait. When your hunger is sated, grab some homemade bread to go and look forward to breakfast all week.

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4. Pye Baker, Norwich

Piles of freshly baked loaves, mounds of sweet pastries and rows of delicate cakes await visitors at Rye Baker of Norwich Artisan Bakery on Dereham Road. The Bakery Shop & Café instore means customers can have breakfast and lunch in the café including freshly made coffee and pastries.

5. Louis' Deli, Norwich

Tucked away on Upper St Giles Street, bread and pastry seekers of all kinds will be pleased with the selection at Louis' Deli; there are vegan and gluten free options alongside all sorts of other bakery goodies. Pick up a hot drinks stamp card for every time you're back to stock up. Sit in and enjoy porridge, pancakes, filled muffins and more at breakfast time or enjoy soups, pasta and other savoury dishes for a hearty lunch.

6. Flour & Bean, various locations

With shops across Norfolk in Aylsham, Dereham, Norwich, Fakenham, Gorleston, Potter Heigham and Kings Lynn; Flour & Bean is a craft bakery with all bread and baked goods made in the Norwich bakery. Bread is made from preservative-free dough to a special formula for crisp and soft loaves and rolls. Most of the bakeries have barista style coffee available.

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7. The Tudor Bakehouse, various locations

With bakeries in Diss, Harleston and Long Stratton, churning out delicious bread every morning, the Tudour Bakehouse is a spot to visit for speciality breads. From spelt and honey to cornbread, rustic white to avena oat bread and lots of gluten free versions available to order (with a minimum order of three loaves). There are two coffee shops that use local suppliers to make pizzas, filled jacket potatoes, bacon sandwiches and more alongside steaming cups of coffee.

8. Wellbread Bakers, Swaffham

Wellbread Bakers in Swaffham often sees queues out the door hoping for homemade cakes, fresh loaves and other creations. Sweet and savoury treats include pasties, pies, filled rolls (perfect for lunch) and more. Wellbread also supplies lunch platters for businesses and party catering with cakes and generously filled sandwiches. Conveniently located on the Market Place, take away some baked goods and explore the town.

9. Byfords, Holt

In the pretty North Norfolk market town of Holt is Byfords the bakery, café and B&B. Expect stone baked pizzas, salads, sandwiches, freshly made juices, gelato, ready meals and hot drinks to relax in the café with or take away. Not only that, there will of course be lots of artisan bread and baked goods including scones, pastries, pasties, cakes, confectionary and much more to enjoy.

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10. Crusty Corner Bakery, Norwich

Friendly, family run bakery, Crusty Corner in Norwich, sells a large array of freshly baked bread from French sticks to tiger bread, seeded bloomer to sandwich loaf. Located on Bell Road, you can also find pies, pizzas, sausage rolls and sweet treats including muffins, cookies, fruit pie and cupcakes.

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11. Bircham Windmill Bakery, Great Bircham

Could there be a more idyllic setting for a bakery than a historical windmill? Surrounded by Norfolk countryside, Bircham Windmill Bakery in Great Bircham still uses its original baking room to make fresh bread and pastries. There is also a tea room to enjoy some homemade cakes or a cream tea.

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