Britain's Best Loaf 2023 Winners & Highly Commended

Congratulations to all of our winning and highly commended loaves!

A brioche loaf flavoured with matcha, white chocolate and fruit has been crowned Britain’s Best Loaf 2023.

Made by Kuma-San Bakehouse from Matlock in Derbyshire, the Brioche Japonais fought off stiff competition from more than 150 loaves across seven categories – Flavoured Sourdough, Gluten Free, Innovation, International, Plain Sourdough, White, and Wholegrain.

The loaf, which took the top spot in the Innovation category, was praised by the judges for its outstanding use of ingredients, wonderful texture, and decadent white chocolate inclusions, which the judges said remained almost gooey to deliver a wonderful eating experience.

It was crowned at the Britain’s Best Loaf competition, which took place at the UK Food & Drink Shows on Tuesday 25 April 2023. The competition was sponsored by ADM Milling, Bako, Brook Food & Bakery Equipment, and Lesaffre UK.

Please see our full list of 2023 winners & highly commended loaves below...

Britain's Best Loaf 2023

Winner: Brioche Japonais, Kuma-San Bakehouse

Flavoured Sourdough

Winner: Cheddar, Wild Garlic & Walnut Sourdough, Blackbirds Micro Bakery

Highly Commended: Dark Chocolate Malt with Orange Sourdough, Lovingly Artisan

Gluten Free

Winner: Gift Loaf, Hobbs House Bakery

Highly Commended: Gluten-Free Artisan Loaf, Two Magpies Bakery


Winner: Brioche Japanois, Kuma-San Bakehouse

Highly Commended: Breadcrumb Infinity Sourdough, Bread Source


Winner: Rosemary & Sea Salt Focaccia, Masa Bakery

Highly Commended: Baguette, Harvey & Co

Plain Sourdough

Winner: Country Sourdough, Masa Bakery

Highly Commended: Charlecote Special, Corner Cottage Bakery


Winner: White Farmhouse Loaf, Stir Bakery

Highly Commended: Welsh Cob, Joe’s Bakery


Winner: Multiseed, Flourish Craft Bakery

Highly Commended: Sprouted Spelt & Grains, Bread Source