The Spinning Wheel Gluten Free Bakery is set in a thatched cottage built c.1700 on the Offaly/Kildare border. Locals have known it for centuries as An Tuirne. The cottage has served the community and people in the olden times as a shop and a place to meet. Laura & Dan fell in love with the cottage’s quirky looks and history instantly and decided to move their family over to Ireland. It was clear to them that the cottage deserved to serve the community like it once did. They had owned an artisan bakery before, so opening another seemed the best way, only this time as gluten-free to match their lifestyle.
“It’s important for us to provide baked goods with the old fashioned natural way from the best available ingredients. Taking it back in time, what they would’ve baked in our cottage before,” Laura explains. The bakery doesn’t use any artificial ingredients. All flavours and colours come from fruits and vegetables. It’s something Laura and Dan are very passionate about. “We also care where our ingredients come from. We use as much organic local produce as possible and make sure chocolate and vanilla, for example, are fairly traded to give the farmers a fair price for their produce,” Dan adds.
They have both followed a gluten-free diet for some years and have seen how difficult it can be to find naturally gluten-free products without the added preservatives. “I love cake, and going gluten-free was tough for me since all gluten-free baked goods I tasted didn’t taste like the real wheat-containing equivalent. This changed when I tasted Laura’s bakes,” Dan explains. “We have been told many times, I can’t believe this is gluten-free by people who consume wheat daily,” Laura adds cheerfully.
Approved by HSE.
We hold Food Hygiene Certificates Level 1 & Level 2
and an Allergy Awareness Certificate.
We are members of the Coeliac Society of Ireland.