Humble beginnings

Community support

A passionate team

The Forest Bakehouse was started in 2013 by an initial group of people that were passionate about bringing real, nutritious bread to the local community. After much hard work and commitment, in 2016 The Forest Bakehouse was named Best Producer in the Taste of Gloucestershire Award and today is a busy, thriving business. In 2019 we won Best Independent Retailer in the Forest of Dean Business Awards and were finalists as Cafe of the Year in the So Glos Awards and Best Customers Service in the Cotswold Food Awards. Our team and cafe keep expanding to serve our increasing number of loyal customers and we're incredibly proud to be an important community hub.


As a community cooperative bakery, we feel privileged to have had the financial support from local individuals who invested in the enterprise from the beginning and continue to support us as customers and friends. Their investment coupled with European funding secured from the Local Action Group made it possible for us to establish and develop, and for this we are super grateful!

We are also supported in our purpose by The Real Bread Campaign, an international initiative finding and sharing ways to make bread better for us, better for our communities and better for the planet.



We've been hosting our very popular summer pizza evening for several years that brings the community together over delicious food and this year saw us cater for over 125 people. We also host occasional charity supper events and are looking to run some health and well-being workshops. Keep an eye on the noticeboard inside the cafe to hear about any events we have coming up.