A HEREFORDSHIRE baker has been named one of the best in the country at a top awards ceremony in Birmingham.

Peter Cooks Bread, based near Bromyard at Bishop's Frome, is well-known for its sourdough loaves and cruffins, a blend of a muffin and croissant.

The firm was started in 2014 by British Baker’s reigning Baker of the Year Peter Cook and he has just opened a bakery in Worcester.

A proud member of the Real Bread Campaign, the bakery is built on a passion for real bread and has a mission to share it with the local community via a network of farm shops, restaurants and delicatessens which stock its products as well as its shop in Worcester.


The bakery’s specialities lie in pastries and sourdough, with many award-winning loaves on the menu including a wild hops and barley loaf which was named Britain’s Best Loaf in 2020.

The firm has now been named the eighth-best artisan bakery of 2023 in the British Baker awards.

The awards said that an artisan bakery is where baked goods – such as bread, buns, pastries, and cakes – are made by skilled bakers by hand, often utilising longer and more traditional processes.


Quality of ingredients and the end products are high on the agenda, and as a result, artisan bakeries typically only have a handful of sites.

The Bakers’ Dozen was revealed on Tuesday, January 31 at the first-ever meeting of The Artisan Collective, which was sponsored by Bako, Brook Food and Bakery Equipment, Craggs and Co and Dawn Foods.

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The Artisan Collective is an initiative created by British Baker to celebrate artisan bakeries and the people behind them while offering a platform to facilitate conversations and share skills.

“Congratulations to our first-ever Bakers’ Dozen,” said British Baker editor Amy North.

“Each bakery on the list has been recognised by others in the industry as a beacon of dedication, passion, and skill, as demonstrated through lovingly handcrafted products and the people who make them.”