Seagull Bakery Grows Organically!

9th August 2021

Posted In: The Interview

The artisan sourdough Seagull Bakery in Tramore is experiencing a business growth story as organic as you can get.

Husband and wife team Conor Naughton and Sarah Reynolds are expanding their baking area in Tramore and opening a new bakery shop in Dunmore East. The move means that there are now three Seagull Bakery shops across Waterford.

“It has been a privilege to go to work and enjoy baking every day while also growing a team of passionate bakers and baristas. Starting out baking nearly 20 years ago with my toddler at my feet in my home kitchen I never imagined that Seagull would today provide jobs to 25 people and for there to be such a huge appetite for our artisan sourdough bread and pastries,” admits Sarah.

Expanding the bakery is not new for the owners. When demand grew, Sarah moved from selling from home to the Saturday morning market at the Tramore Church carpark. In 2016 Seagull Bakery opened its doors at Broad Street, Tramore; two years later they expanded the baking area and went on to open a new bakery shop in Waterford City earlier this year. The duo have now also opened the aforementioned new Seagull Shop in the Lower Village of Dunmore East along with a new bakery kitchen in Tramore in order to meet customer demand.

The Seagull team has recognised that the pandemic has seen people looking to eat healthier and to shop more locally and sustainably.  “So much has changed for business owners and indeed for consumers over the last 18 months and at Seagull restrictions on the business have certainly been a challenge but we are delighted to see just how much our customers are enjoying shopping more locally, not only at Seagull but at many other local and independent businesses”, Sarah observes.

“Growing the business in my hometown of Tramore is also a real honour”, she adds.

Some Tasty Treats In store!

The new Bakery shop in Dunmore East opened to customers on July 21st and serves up delicious Roasted Brown coffees, its full selection of sourdough bread from white loaves to seaweed sourdough to 3 seed, rye porridge loaves, baguettes, focaccias, and its Irish grain heritage loaf plus the complete selection of Seagull sweet treats and baked goods. These include the famous twice-baked Almond Crossaints and the Seagull Cinnamon Buns; plus Chocolate and Hazelnut Croissants, local and seasonal fruit Danish pastries, Apple oaties, Cruffins, plain Crossaints and the Einkorn ancient grain Lemon and Poppyseed treats, Rye Brownies, Wholemeal Spelt Carmel Squares with Dilisk and Einkorn Carrot Cake.

The delicious Seagull lightly effervescent Lemon Verbena and Rose and Hibiscus flavoured Kombucha plus the popular hand-made fresh pasta created with Irish stoneground heritage grains is also available.

Supporting Local Producers!

A range of complementary artisanal products is stocked too, including a 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 plus Tramore based producers Plante, Tramore’s Holly Dalton’s Conbini Condiments, and Magdas Jams and Marmalades.

It is planned that the Seagull range of bio-dynamic and organic natural wines will be added to the range shortly.

Pictured at the new Seagull Bakery in Dunmore East are the owners Sarah Richards and Conor Naughton with the Seagull team Laela, Conor and Emily.