A Taste of Ireland: Arbutus Bread

Declan Ryan of Arbutus Bread

Declan Ryan is simply a bread making legend, and is truly one of Irelands best artisanal bread makers. The Arbutus business has grown out of his garage to a staff of five full time bakers in premises in amnew industrial estate in Mayfield, Cork city. Declan uses mainly French techniques, having learned his craft first hand from some of France’s best bakers. The French influence has also led Declan to extend his bread range to croissant and pain au chocolat. Like most artisanal food producers Declan uses traditional techniques and uses no chemical additives or improvers. Declan can be found at farmers markets throughout Cork: Macroom Market, every Tuesday, Mahon Market, Cork every Thursday, Midleton Market every Saturday as well as in many good food outlets nationwide.

A classic Cork view of Shandon Tower

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