We're a growing community gathered around a commercial Real Bread bakery, supporting ex-offenders to resettle effectively into our local communities and not reoffend. In contrast to the industrial loaf, Real Bread is made slowly from just flour, water, salt and yeast, with no additives. Just as we believe that Real Bread fosters health and wellbeing, so we believe that honesty (with self as well as others) is the best way to move forwards towards a more positive and fulfilling life. We are based in the bakery behind The Gallery Cafe, 7 Howard Street, Bedford, MK40 3HS, where you can buy our bread, have a cuppa while you watch us make it through the window, and join in the occasional workshop.


Buying our bread supports ex-offenders who are trying to resettle effectively into our local community and not reoffend. Our work benefits the whole of our local community. We hope to improve health and wellbeing through nutritious and delicious real bread; to reduce the social costs of reoffending by reducing the barriers to employment and social isolation faced by ex-offenders; and to build a more confident and resilient local community.


  • We are Recruiting
    Thanks to help from the National Lottery Community Fund, we are  looking to recruit a part-time, temporary Support Worker, to lead on safeguarding and the provision of support and training for our ex-offender … Read more
  • Thanks!
    Thanks to all our customers for being so supportive of us through what has been a difficult year. The bakery will be taking a well earned break over Christmas until we reopen on Monday … Read more
  • Online Ordering and Free Delivery is Here to Stay
    Thanks to all our customers for the great response to our new online ordering service. It has been so well received we have decided that it is here to stay – along with … Read more
  • Buy Our Bread Online and Have It Delivered
    For the duration of the current lockdown you can now buy our bread online and have it delivered to your home. Start Shopping We realise that some people will still want to get out … Read more
  • Bedford Messiah Choir are supporting Companions!
    We’re hoping to bump into lots of Companions’ Real Bread addicts at the taster session in the Bunyan Meeting on 13th October.