Long before sourdough became fashionable, it was an essential aspect of the way we lead our lives as bakers.

The disciplines of blending ancient grains with traditional approaches are driven by our determination to produce nutritional sourdough. The style of sourdough that actively contributes to the well- being of all those that devour our loaves; just as a herbalist blends and heals in their pursuit of natural medicine, we blend and mould too with a similar quest in mind

Our Characteristics

Ancient Grains

It’s all about blending the grains boldly with impact taste and well-being in mind. Our sourdough loaves have a unique characteristic, grain blends, appearance, aroma, flavour and structure and nutritional value.

The consumer has woken up to what’s important to them; healthy sourdough with an unquestionable origin, taste, and heritage.

The grains heritage is at the heart and soul of our northern bakery’s personality. We have nurtured a small thread between how the grains are grown for us in the North East of England and how we bake our bread in the Lake District. The relationship we share with our farmer and miller Andrew Wilkinson of Gilchester Organics in fundamental to our believes.

Lets talk sour

We share a real understanding and connection with our leavens, which we created over 30 years ago from a handful of organic raisins.

Over time it has developed its complexities, characteristics, unique aroma, and its robust ability to leaven all of our daily bread.

We believe that the lactic fermentation within our leaven is the essence of health and well-being. Our sourdough loaves are created with an ancient method of preparing and preserving fermented foods. Our ancestors left a legacy that we can learn from – keep it simple, celebrate nature and don’t be tempted by a gimmick. Sourdough isn’t a fad it’s a way to live a LIFE well and with happiness as an element of the recipe.

Aidan Monks

My intuitive approach to baking sourdough is based on a sourdough obsession.

My intuitive approach to baking sourdough is based on a sourdough obsession. Call it my guilty pleasure, living and breathing artisan baking this is not a job, it's a way of living like an artisan. My passion for sourdough began at the College of Culinary Arts in Boston Massachusetts.

Yet my real training continues daily at my mixer, with my miller and on the workbench and oven. This is where all artisan bakers perfect the craft. I thrive on adapting old fermentation methods with a new way of thinking; such as blending whey and kombucha with ancient grains all with well being and improved health in mind. Being an artisan allows me to pursue my passion for food, produce and travel and people. It's an ideal way of life for a creative with a curiosity.

Catherine Connor

My life is very varied or otherwise known as creatively diverse!

My life is very varied or otherwise known as creatively diverse! From helming the product development to managing the store sales within Lovingly Artisan. Through to weekend baking at our Alty Market Bakery.

Everyone needs a something, my thing is THINGS and DETAIL. Whether it’s a strength or weakness. I have an eye for detail, from why marketing matters for those in business and those engaging with the business.

Business tales and photographic stories need to be told, we have a knowledge thirsty consumer, how brands are capture with intriguing the consumer in mind is what inspires my drive as a photographic food artist. It's far from a job, its more about how I have chosen to lead my life as an ARTISAN.

Ailish Adams

Ailish Adams has an uncanny eye for all things beautiful and beautifully made.

Ailish Adams has an uncanny eye for all things beautiful and beautifully made. This includes all things artisan, and how each photographic image has to be crafted. Her heritage and destiny is the bakery, she belongs to a family of artists, crafters and photographers, it’s in her genes! Her destiny was set as a creative

Threaded through Ailish veins is an intuitive understanding of all that matters within the bakery and how the consumer wants to experience food and drink. It's all about having an experience that leaves you feeling good about self and life is her motto.
Today's consumer is educated, our modern consumer devours everything stylishly formed. A lifestyle junkie and she knows her stuff. Ailish’s instinctive approach serves her well both creatively and practically.