Virtuous Bread’s travelling bread oven travels to The Urban Physic Garden

It feels like we announce news on a daily basis these days, there are simply so many exciting projects that we’re involved with. Maybe we should have our own broadcast channel? We could call it The Daily Bread and trumpet out the latest loaf lowdown.

The latest news to come out of Virtuous Bread’s HQ is our collaboration with The Urban Physic Garden, brainchild of talented landscape architect Heather Ring. This special summer project is a magical pop-up medicinal garden situated on a derelict site in Southwark. Doesn’t it sound bloomin’ beautiful? Wayward Plants, a collective of designers, artists and urban growers have designed and produced the garden and it will be open throughout the summer, starting from 11 June.  There will be all sorts of cool events going on, from workshops, film screenings, ping pong skip, talks and artist projects.

Of course, Virtuous Bread’s travelling bread oven plays a part in this garden extravaganza.

We’ll be building our very own wood fired bread oven to hold focaccia, pizza and flatbread classes. Can you imagine how delicious this will taste? We’ll use herbs from the Urban Physic Gardens to flavour our bread and while we wait for the dough to rise, we’ll explore the area or simply relax around the oven. There’s an on-site cafe in a decommissioned ambulance managed by the Rambling Restaurant, so there will be extra fuel to keep you going if you can’t wait for your bread. The cafe will be serving up exciting menus, including edible herbs and flowers – I don’t think I’m the only one already salivating!


The classes cost £50 and for that you get four hours of tuition, along with plenty of good bread to bring home with you. The address is 100 Union Street, London, United Kingdom, SE1 ONL, close to Southwark or London Bridge tube stations. You can book your space or view the available dates below.

17 and 24 June from 11.00-15.00 (Focaccia workshops)
8, 15, 22 July from 11.00-15.00 (Pizza workshop)
5 and 12 August from 11.00-15.00 (Flatbread workshop)

How to book and pay

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    Heron Corn Mill is to offer a commission to build an outdoor wood-fired bread oven structural work at Heron Corn Mill site in Beetham, South Cumbria. This is a call for expressions of interest in the form of preliminary sketches, outline and budget for the work.
    Subject to a successful bid at Round Two of the Heritage Lottery Fund (November 2013) Short-listed artists will attend a site visit, receive a set of detailed plans relating to this commission and be given approximately one month to develop their designs before presenting to a selection committee. A budget breakdown is a requirement at this stage in order to demonstrate that the proposal is achievable within the budget set (in the region of £30k)
    The artwork/community oven area must be robust, of a permanent nature and fit for purpose. Furthermore the artwork should be of appropriate impact and scale in order to engage the public and allow for periods of sustained contemplation and/or play
    It is hoped that the addition of an earth oven/outdoor kitchen will add another layer of interest to the facility making it an engaging, inspiring and welcoming place for employees, visitors and site users of all ages and abilities, including families with young children. It is envisaged that whilst the new work will echo themes from the surrounding farmland, it will, when not in use for bread-making, become a play area/outdoor kitchen for children’s play.
    Applicants may want to research themes and imagery that are specific to Heron Corn Mill, drawing on the main themes of:
    Water power through the ages
    The history of the corn mill
    The social history of the area
    The site is surrounded by farmland and there was a pinfold very close by for containing stray sheep. The new structure may well extended into an organic shape which reflects this old feature, as well as respecting the features, limestone, and colours of the surrounding environment and architecture.
    Please submit by Tuesday 10th July 2012 the items below:
    Preliminary drawings of the bread oven area
    2. Detail of the fixing
    3. Size including height, width and depth
    4. Brief description of inspiration for work, be as informative as possible
    5. Include images of past work photographs/CD/website address.
    6. Your Contact details, name, address, telephone and email contacts.

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