My friend A is a bit of a bread snob. Earlier in the year she'd watched a BBC documentary about a bakery committed to producing the perfect sourdough loaf. As it turned out, said bakery happened to be the charming Hobbs House Bakery just down the road from our hotel! Hobbs House's sourdough masterpiece is called the Shepherd's Loaf, and according to A, it deserves all its praise. I'm hardly a bread expert, so if you're interested in learning about what it takes to earn the title of world's best bread, you can read this lovely article by a true bread connoisseur. Or if you want to try it out for yourself, you can order from Hobbs House online here.
Despite its fame and artisanal breads (fig and walnut! pumpernickel! basil!), Hobbs House manages to retain the feel of a quaint local bakery. The loaves pop fresh out of the ovens first thing in the morning and are sold out by the early afternoon. The fridge is stocked with locally-produced Jess's Ladies milk, the freshest, most delicious milk I've ever tasted. And the staff is warm, helpful, and cheery. Everything a girl could ask for when purchasing bucketloads of carbs.
Enjoy the pictures after the jump!