There is indeed a lot that’s ‘good’ about the way we do business. Beyond the wonderful sourdough bread that’s baked fresh daily, we believe in our ‘Good Loaf, Good Life’ philosophy and our obligation to care for the world and the community around us.

We endeavour to be eco-friendly and community-focused in every facet of the business, particularly when it comes to recycling and reusing.

The Good Loaf building’s original features have been accentuated and all the furniture is either recycled or second hand, including the glass cabinet and the bread shelves from the Allen’s lolly factory. At various times we house urban bees on our roof and collect honey for the cafe. Our garden boxes grow herbs and vegetable for the kitchen and for guests to help themselves.

The kitchen observes a strict waste sorting and recycling policy, where scraps go to various places, including Peppergreen Farm, and to the chooks and sheep at owner Laurie’s farm. The cycle is complete when the chickens provide some eggs back to the cafe.

We are proud to donate our leftover bread to Bendigo Foodshare and other community organisations including the Salvation Army. We provide the only recharge point in Bendigo for Castlemaine’s Blade Electric Vehicles and can recharge Tesla vehicles. 

The Good Loaf is also involved with Reach out for Ryan, Bendigo Repair Café, Free Wheeling and Bendigo Regional Food Alliance’s Edible Boxes.

Our business values come together within the products we produce. Our ‘real’ food is made from scratch – no pre-mixes, no preservatives, no additives. We also value our team and strive to deliver a genuine customer experience.