I'm Lydia

A New Start

In 2014 my husband Mike and I upped sticks from England to start a new life in the beautiful Lecrin Valley near Granada

In Weybridge, we'd been blessed with a multiple-award-winning family bakery just a few doors away from home. Now, in spite of searching high and low, we couldn’t find any bread or patisserie to get excited about

Once new baby Lara was born, we set about making own own bread. Lara was delighted with her first solid food - sourdough bread

We also learnt that people here in Spain are incredibly fond of bread and that there is a surprising amount of knowledge about "masa madre" bread even though few young people have ever experienced it




Before long we were showing spaniards and tourists how to make delicious bread and croissants at home, using simple kitchen equipment

Then Mike thought "Why don't we start offering sourdough activity holidays? Tourists could stay with us, learn artisan baking, and visit historical Granada and the splendid scenery hereabouts"

People came from all the corners of the world, it really was a wonderful experience for all of us


A New Bakery

This eventually led to Lara’s Loaf Sourdough School being recommended by the Times and Sunday Times as one of the fifty best holidays in Spain for 2020 - in the Foodie section!

Sadly, the Covid-19 lockdown in Spain brought our school to an abrupt halt

Keen to keep our passion for baking alive, we adapted our casita, El Mulito, to become a licensed micro-bakery

And here we were in January 2021, with new family member, Matthew. It turns out he is just as fiercely fond of his sourdough as Lara was! And now, a year later, we are resuming the holidays and have another family member arriving in May!

“You can come share a tasty meal of bread, raisins, and fresh cheese. With that, and The Count of Monte Cristo, anyone can live to a hundred.”

Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

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