We consider ourselves privileged to be one of the stockists of Arbutus Bread. This bread has a proud history and owner and founder, Declan Ryan, certainly knows a thing or two about food and bread in particular. Just read his story below;
The Story of Arbutus Bread
“I started Arbutus Bread in 1999, after selling my previous business Arbutus Lodge Hotel, the first to achieve a Michelin star in Ireland. I knew that retirement would not suit me and that I had to be active. I converted a small garage in front of my house into a bakery. In those early days, I made the deliveries from the back of my jeep.
Being self-taught and having learnt about sourdoughs from a San Francisco baker, I got in touch with the Bread Bakers Guild of America. They organised a trip to a bakery school in Aurillac in the Auvergne in France. The two tutors were two of the very best bakers in France, Pierre Nury and Xavier Honorin who were inspirational in their enthusiasm.Â Further influence from France came from our cottage in a little village called Bras d’Asse in Les Alpes des Haut Provence and the now retired village baker Gerard Bourgeac. He allowed me to work with him and to replicate a number of breads and techniques.
We soon outgrew my little garage & the search was on for a larger premises, which I eventually found in Mayfield. Here I have been able to indulge my dream of creating an Artisan bakery based mainly on French techniques and baking styles.
There are now eightÂ full-time bakers, oneÂ of whom hasÂ been with me since the days of the two car garage. We are an international crew coming from Ireland, Latvia,Â Hungary, RomaniaÂ and Poland. A recent visitor to the bakery said that he had never seen such a hard-working, dedicated group!” – Declan Ryan
Well said Declan. You can see a sample of the products we stock below;