Leakers1Leakers Bakery
29 East Street
Bridport DT6 3JX
01308 423296
Open: Mon-Fri 7-5; Sat 6-3


Jo Leaker at work on her Dorset Apple Cake

In 1914, George Leaker came from Devon and bought the bakery that had been giving Bridport its daily bread since the early 19th century. His grand-daughter, Jo, who was born in an upstairs room, still works on the premises as the Apple Queen. She makes and bakes the Dorset Apple Cake. The business was bought in 2002 by Caroline Parkins, a notable cook with a commitment to traditional baking, using the massive old brick-floored ovens to produce bread, cakes and savouries that are fine and honest. In Leakers, it’s not fanciness or decoration that counts but taste. It’s so reliably good that Leakers supplies just about every good restaurant in town, as well as Mark Hix’s Oyster and Fish House in Lyme Regis and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River-Cottage empire in Axminster.