Malthouse English breads
Artisan breads
Pink meringue pigs
Cottage loaves
Judges Bakery is the acclaimed bakery and one-stop organic/local food store in Hastings Old Town, where bread has been baked since 1826…

The bakery (owned by Green & Black’s founders Craig Sams and Josephine Fairley) was ‘reinvented’ in 2005, when we set about converting all the traditional baked goods - from jam tarts to white bloomers, sausage rolls to Madeira cakes and those pink meringue pigs (almost 200 recipes, in all) - to Soil Association organic status.  In addition, we introduced a fabulous selection of high-quality artisan ‘slow breads’, including Country Sourdough, Wholewheat Sourdough and 100% Rye Bread. 

We have won countless awards for our creations:  the macaroons won the Cakes, Pastries, Confectionery & Biscuits category in the Soil Association Organic Food Awards 2008, with the ciabbata bread and our incomparable stollen Christmas cake voted runners-up.  In addition, we’re thrilled to have won Great Taste Gold Awards in 2008/2009 for our Country Sourdough bread, our Organic Muesli, and that incomparable stollen…

We are also delighted to have been awarded ‘Best New Store’ and ‘Best Small Organic Store’ in the Soil Association Industry Awards - voted for by an expert ‘mystery shopper’ who visited dozens of shops before declaring JUDGES BAKERY the winner. 

The Old Town is bucking the trend – and becoming a fantastic shopping destination, with many new stores opening.  Hastings itself is a fabulous place to visit – and to spend a few days – so on this site you’ll find a WHERE TO STAY section, so that you can experience all the town has to offer.  A visit isn’t complete without coming to our bakery – the hub of the community.

Food tourists’ from all over the UK come to  visit Judges - and to make the most of the Old  Town’s attractions while they’re here. So anyone shopping for ‘food souvenirs’ from this lovely seaside town can now stock up on bags  of our scrumptious cookies and brownies, macaroons and more featuring our new ‘A Taste of Hastings’ labels - the perfect gift for friends from far and near…

Come and spend a day by the seaside and find out why Judges is so special…!

PS  We can mail order many of our Judges creations.  Ask to speak to Nikki, one of our very competent Managers (she used to run the Post Office!)

Address: Judges Bakery, 51 High Street, Hastings, East Sussex. TN34 3EN
Tel: 01424-722588 E-mail:

'One of the 50 Best Food Shops in Britain' - The Independent