E5 Bakehouse

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e5 Bakehouse
The E5 Bakehouse
Ben MacKinnon's tiny E5 Bakehouse is tucked away in the arches underneath London Fields station. Using organic flour and sourdough cultures, the team's artisanal breads are baked in a handmade oven and feature the Hackney Wild (a plainflour sourdough) and a Russian rye called Borodinsky bread alongside classics like multi-seed, ciabatta and a raisin and hazelnut with prices starting at £3.20. It's a small yet friendly concern (the baking team double as servers) with an espresso coffee machine and Coleman Coffee (roasted in Camberwell), but there are plans afoot to expand with a small range of products, an online store and home delivery.
Venue name: E5 Bakehouse
Address: Arch 395
E8 3PH
Cross street: Mentmore Terrace
Opening hours: Open 8am-8pm Mon-Sun
Transport: Tube: London Fields rail
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Alexandra L

There’s no doubt that London is a city of brunch lovers and breakfast Casanova’s. Be it chilli-flake-freckled avo on toast, luxurious eggs Benedict, syrup drenched & bacon streaked waffles or the greenest of juices paired with the hippest of acai bowls, we simply cannot get enough of making the first meal of the day something to indulge in and the E5 Bakehouse is one of the best places to go when you wake craving something delicious, made with love and served with pride.

Nestled under the arches literally seconds away from London Fields overground station, E5 is a fantastic artisanal bakery where you can buy a loaf hand-made using local ingredients and in-house milled flour or take a class and learn the foundations of sourdough making yourself. FYI, the classes are fantastic and not only will you be very well fed, you’ll also leave having learnt how to make at least 4 different types of loaves and deliciously weighed down with goodies to take home.

Pop in on a weekday morning and get a coffee and pastry to go or swing along on the weekend and settle down with the papers, homemade Bircher muesli and some of the best bread in town. Fresh & generous soups, salads and toasties are also on offer if it’s closer to lunch than breakfast by the time you roll in; toasted sourdough topped with organic peanut butter, sliced banana, honey & baby currants was a winner for me on a recent visit.

Staff are low-key but super friendly, taking the time for the kind of personal welcome missing in most of the cookie cutter chains whilst keeping queues to a minimum. There’s a real feeling that this is a local gem and a source of complete pleasure & delight to those lucky enough to call it a local and it’s places like this that make you glad to live in a city that supports and encourages small businesses to become part of their community. 


The bread at E5 Bakehouse is some of the best in London. Choose between multigrain, sourdough or rye varieties in big or small sizes all baked to perfection daily. They also offer a good selection of other baked goods such as pastries, flapjacks, and brownies - all lovely. 

While it's a bit tiny, breakfasts or brunches here are also a good bet. The simple, rustic and good quality dishes revolve around their divine bread and are perfect after a morning run or swim at the adjacent London Fields. 

Even if you don't live in the area, making a mini pilgrimage to buy their bread is well worth the effort. 

Fran P

Sadly addicted to their bread - I buy at least two loaves at a time and start to get nervous as the 2nd runs out. Hackney Wild, Multi-seeded and the Country Loaf are all amazing - as are the gorgeous cakes.

Staff Writer

London's best bread, no contest. The loaves are really complex, from the famous Hackney Wild sourdough to the amazingly moreish multigrain loaf. The kitchen is directly behind the tills so you can watch those artisinal hipsters knead their lovingly tended sourdough starter as you drool over the cakes at the counter. The cakes and biccies tend towards the rustic rather than the frou-frou – think chocolate sea salt rye cookies and hunks of banana bread, though the seasonal-fruit-laden danishes are pretty as well as delicious. Coffee is pretty good, though often not warm enough. A minor quibble, and the queues of punters on weekends would no doubt agree – get there early if you're queue-averse and saunter away smugly with your oven-fresh loaf and flaky croissant.