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- Directions: The Alternative Bread Company is located in the historic Old English Market, off Patrick Street in the heart of Cork City
- Opening Times: Monday - Saturday 08:00 - 18:00. Closed on Sundays
Alternative Bread CompanyCork City Cork - Ireland South
It’s hard to believe that ABC stall in the English market has been established for 12 years. Packed with modern day breads to beat the band, it could almost be one of the newest additions to the array of epicurean delights this cult food market now offers Cork city shoppers. But no, this place is part of the culinary furniture of the market, and no wonder. You’ll find everything from a tradition Irish buttermilk soda bread to Polish Chleb, which is proving very popular with the city’s growing Eastern European population. Sheila says she’s even had grown men comment that her Polish bread reminds them of the bread from back home. It’s never good to see a grown man cry, but in this case, absolutely warranted! Sheila Fitzpatrick has been in the food business for thirty years, many of those spent working in London as the personal assistant of British Celebrity Chef Brian Turner. When she came to Ireland, she wanted to remain very much in the high-end food business, and started ABC with business partner and expert baker Paul Walsh. The company gradually grew from a two-man band to an outfit employing 130 people, baking and supplying hand made breads to the retail and wholesale trade. But three years ago, Sheila took the active decision to downsize, and concentrate on artisan breads solely for the stall at the English Market. She has absolutely no regrets, saying it has made it possible to source unique breads from individual master bakers, to ensure her customers get the very best quality and variety, which was always the ethos here from the start. On any given day here, you can expect to find a wealth of treasures like the delicious Italian Ciabatta, rustic French Baguettes, Corn bread with Chilli, Stoneground wholemeal, Cheese and Tomato Sourdough, ordinary Sourdough, Multi Grain and Seed breads, Sundried Tomato and Fennel, Crusty Granary, Wholemeal with Poppy Seeds, Hazelnut Loaf and a superb choice of health breads which includes Black Seed Bread with Golden Linseed, Sunflower Seed and Sunflower oil, Omega 3 bread, Spelt Bread, Rye and Sourdough Rye, Health Loaf with pinhead oatmeal, wholemeal and molasses and much more. Sweet things include Cherry Scones, Fruit Soda bread, plain and chocolate croissants and Sultana Loaf. On special occasions like Patrick’s Day, Sheila will commission her bakers to create another Cork favourite, the Golden Drop. At Halloween you’ll find Pumpkin bread and Christmas will bring a host of seasonal baked goods onto the stall and bread orders for christenings, communions and Bar Mitzvah taken. Good Food Ireland Member.
ContactTelephone+353 (0)21 425 1347
Address: Unit 22, The English Market, Grand Parade, Cork City Centre, Co Cork, Republic Of Ireland