Thursday, April 08, 2021

Sarah Richards and Conor Naughton owners of Seagull Bakery. Picture: Patrick Browne

AWARD-winning artisanal Seagull Bakery has joined a growing trend of artisan bakeries rising up in the city centre over the past year with the opening of their new sourdough bakery at Patrick Street.

The city centre venture marks Seagull Bakery’s “first foray” from its native Tramore, where its hugely popular bakery opened almost five years ago.

Founder, chief baker and creator Sarah Richards says she is “absolutely delighted” to be taking the bakery to the city. “We are passionate about serving the local community with wholesome and nutritious bread and we are also thrilled to support and build upon the growing independent retail community in Waterford City, creating additional local employment and further supporting complementary local and Irish food producers.”

Over the past 12 months there has been an increasing trend in the city centre of artisan bakeries opening and numerous restaurants and cafes diversifying into the selling of delicious bread and baked goods, adding to the flavour of the long established bakeries in Waterford.

The arrival of Seagull Bakery to Patrick Street caused quite a stir last, with lengthy queues forming up the hill on the opening day yesterday.

Sarah says, “From early morning we greeted a steady flow of customers throughout the day and we would like to thank everyone for their support, be that in person or online, the welcome we have received is incredible. It has been quite a feat to get the new bakery ready for opening, but we genuinely couldn’t have achieved this without the brilliant and talented team of locally based professionals, from branding to signage and more. It has also been a joy to welcome three new members to the Seagull team, Dean McManus from the Dunmore Road, Anna Jacques from Hillview and Anna McSweeney from Tramore. We are looking forward to many more days like today at Patrick Street.”

Sarah says the new Seagull Bakery will be the first in the country to serve only filter coffee. “We have long wanted to bring the intricate flavours of filter coffee to Seagull and are very pleased to serve two varieties of filter coffee, an unusually fruity Costa Rican for the black coffee drinker and a Colombian for those who like a coffee with milk.”

They will also stock a selection of 30 different bio-dynamic and organic natural wines, a new selection of ‘My Goodness’ vegan and fermented foods, a range of hand-made artisan Corleggy Cheeses, a range of charcuterie from the sustainable The Wooded Pig farm and a selection of antipasti from The Real Olive Company. The bakery will of course be serving up what Seagull is famous for; its full selection of sourdough bread, treats and more.

The new Seagull Bakery at 46 Patrick Street in Waterford City will be open from Wednesday to Sunday.

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