Real Food,
Local Excellence

Located in the heart of West Lancashire, with excellent links to the Northwest and close to some of the best agricultural land in the UK.

Producers and suppliers of artisan bread, pies and cakes. Provider of bakery training classes and consultancy services

i-Community August 2016 vote Merlin's Bakery Cafe the Best Cafe in West Lancashire click here for the article

Daily Telegraph Britain's 20 Best Artisan Bakeries January 2016 click here for the article

Lancashire Life Top Ten Artisan Bakers May 2014 click here for the article

Silver Award Winners in The World Bread Awards 2015 

FINALIST Food Awards England 2015

Many of our breads are suitable for vegetarians and vegans


Our products and breads are on sale at Merlin's Bakery Cafe close to our bakery on Merlin Park in Burscough, click here for details.

Our forthcoming training classes : 

              Class                                      Details                

Bread Class Vouchers
Vouchers are available if you are buying as a gift or you are unsure which class to choose
1st Oct Real Bread Making for Beginners FULLY BOOKED
Learn the basics behind bread making, kneading, shaping and proving
8th Oct World Breads TWO PLACES LEFT
Making traditional breads from around the world
5th Nov Real Bread Making for Beginners How to fit real bread making into busy lives
12th Nov Mastering Sourdough Learn the techniques and the science behind real sourdough breads
3rd Dec Real Bread Making for Beginners Making slow fermentation breads and techniques for kneading and shaping
10th Dec
Christmas Breads Class Making festival breads ready for Christmas


For feedback on our classes please see our Facebook page click here



Customer comments:"a great day"  "fantastic bread, so different to supermarket loaves" "learnt so much"  "very intensive and fun" "great homemade food"  "lovely cakes" "excellent teaching" "perfect pace" "we will be back!"


For wholesale supplies, corporate sales, management away-days or team building please click here and drop us an email with your requirements.


Consultants to:

Sefton MBC in 2013/14 on the set-up of The Bakery concept in The Atkinson Centre, Lord Street, Southport. Click here for details.

Merlin's Bakery Cafe in 2014/15. Click here for details


For our consultancy services please email us.


Our Favourite Items

We support the Real Bread Campaign guaranteeing that our slow fermented artisan breads use only natural ingredients, without additives or processing aids found in "mass-produced" breads.

Not only is seasonality important to us, but we also strive to use the freshest local ingredients. This includes West Lancashire Flour along with various other ingredients in the production of our preserves, confectionery items and biscuits. All of these items are available through our online shop, retail outlet, wholesale and through the local and workplace communities.

Education and training are key to the understanding of our production methods. This is why we offer a range of small and interactive courses including "The Mysteries of Sourdough", European Breads Classes, Croissant, Danish Pastries and Sticky Buns Classes.

With over 60 years of combined experience within food manufacturing, hospitality, catering management and strategic business management we understand the importance of food safety and quality. We are members of Safe and Local Supplier Approval (SALSA) assuring you of the highest production standards.

We provide consultancy services and have recently delivered the concept, design, installation management and commissioning of The Bakery at The Atkinson Centre on Lord Street, Southport. and Merlins Bakery Café, Merlin Park, Burscough.

"We have the flexibility to provide bespoke supplies to meet our customer's requirements"

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