A BAKERY is using its loaf for Halloween.

So fans of the spooky will want to get down to Florentines Tearoom for a taste of their latest speciality ... a new pumpkin loaf.

Baked with the flesh and seeds of the fruit, the loaf is designed to look and taste just like a pumpkin.

Tony Culliney, co-owner of the bakery, said: “It was our baker who suggested the idea for the loaves.

“He made them at his last job and everyone loved them so he thought they’d work here too.

“He’s from South Africa originally but he picked up the idea in London.”

The loaves were launched on Monday, October 7.

They will be on sale until at least the first week of November, but they may be made up until Christmas if they prove to be popular enough.

Customers can pick up a large loaf, 800g, for £2.50, or a small loaf, 400g, for £1.50.

The tea room opened its doors in Deansgate at the end of May, in the site that used to house Rae’s Restaurant and Café Bar, and even a former fish and chip shop.

Mr Culliney and his business partner Stewart Finch promised to offer something different to customers, intending to use only locally sourced produce, with fruit, vegetables and meat from Bolton Market, and milk from Smithills Open Farm in all of their products.

Florentines prides itself on the artisan breads, pastries, pies and cakes sold in store.

Everything is made on site in the bakery beneath the shop.

Visitors can choose from several delightful desserts, a variety of patisseries, and ten different types of bread.

As well as buying baked goods to take home, customers can sit in the shop’s café to enjoy their purchases in store.

Sit-in treats include afternoon tea, a full English breakfast with a hot drink, and plated desserts like their new white chocolate & blackcurrant Charlotte.

The store has been highly rated on Facebook, Google, and TripAdvisor, with an average rating of 4.7 stars from 61 reviews.

The shop is open from 8.30-5pm Monday to Saturday.