Today I began the search for suppliers by visiting a number of bakeries and butchers. The absolute highlight of the day was the visit to Kolos Bakery in Bradford. The story of the bakery has featured on Radio 4.
The building is unassuming and a little scruffy from the outside and only has a small door where the public can enter and buy bread from behind a short stainless steel counter. Customers of all nationalities were stocking up on large quantities of bread, presumably having travelled some distance to do so. The price list is displayed on the wall as a print out from a dot-matrix printer – if you are under 25 there is a good chance you haven’t even seen one of these ancient pieces of machinery!
There can be no doubt this is a proper no nonsense bakery. The variety of loaves on offer was fantastic and only surpassed by the taste of the bread once I got them home. A loaf of rye bread with a wonderful smell of caraway (classically Eastern European) running through it was fantastic. They use no artificial or added preservatives.
The bakery is located just off the end of the M606, worth a detour if you are anywhere near, it is no surprise that they deliver all over Yorkshire and also to Selfridge’s twice each week.
Other suppliers under the spotlight were: