Product Type: Warburtons Snacks
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The Bread For Your Butter?
Warburtons Farmhouse Bread.
Member Name: cazkins
Warburtons Farmhouse Bread.
Date: 25/09/13, updated on 25/09/13 (71 review reads)
Advantages: When good it's soft & delicious
Disadvantages: Not reliable in terms of consistency
We seem to get through a lot of bread at home but the main type that's a 'staple' for us, that can always be eaten by everyone, is medium white sliced. After trying different brands and deciding that the quality always seems to vary, we tend to opt for Warburtons Farmhouse these days, because it seems to be ever so slightly more reliable (not to mention tasty!).
Warburtons is quite a traditional brand but one that's very popular, and with a product range that's expanded over the years. Their Farmhouse loaves can be found in most supermarkets, and often also in smaller convenience stores and Iceland too. It comes in a mostly see-through bag so you can assess the contents and see that it doesn't look too battered or damaged. In terms of a use-by date, just with other packaged sliced bread, it definitely depends where you go and whether your luck's in. Sometimes there's only a day, other times you can get around 4, which is what I prefer because you can't guarantee how fresh it's actually going to be when you open it.
Farmhouse is designed to have a more traditional, thick and warm and squidgy appeal to it. The main difference I notice straight away is the slight dusting with flour along the top, so you get that authentic, just-baked kind of feel to the top crust on each slice. Warburtons claim this has that 'fresh-from-the oven flavour' and that it's 'great for sandwiches', though obviously it can be used for whatever you fancy.
When the quality is good, I find this bread really does taste lovely. There's no funny aftertaste as I've found with some types, and feels soft and relatively thick for a 'medium' loaf. However, it can be rather variable, and I'm noticing that more and more lately, hence the 4 stars. Having said that, I've found the same with every brand. Sometimes the bread isn't always as soft as you may expect when it's well in date and just brought from the store (so you can see it's harder around the outsides for instance and definitely not as soft), other times there are numerous holes in various places, which can be a pain if you're about to do cheese on toast because obviously melted cheesy goodness will go straight through. I'd like to say that more often than not the bread, when just bought and in good date, is, however, tasty and good quality. You just can't always rely on this being the case unfortunately.
The 'large' size loaf, which is just a regular size to me, is 800g. Each slice contains 103 calories and 1.1g of fat, which is about average for that size and thickness. I also buy wholemeal bread for myself at home, mostly for toasting, but for sandwiches this is always the first choice. I'm therefore not too bothered by this not having any 'added health benefits' over a half and half loaf. It should be noted for those with any allergies that the product contains wheat gluten and soya, and is made in a bakery which uses milk, barley and sesame seeds.
For the price, Farmhouse is around average these days for a medium white loaf, perhaps a little more on the expensive side. When it's fresh and tasty then it's worth the money, but it's a bit disappointing when it's not as fresh as it should be and we end up using it for toast only. Having said that, if you want something that's usually delicious and authentic, and a good thickness for a tasty sandwich or slice of toast, then this is worth trying. We're never without it in our breadbin.
Retails for around £1.45 (Tesco)
Summary: A staple in our breadbin