‘We are a family run artisan bakery based in Laurieston near Castle Douglas producing a range of hand crafted slowly fermented traditional, sourdough and other speciality breads. Our bread has an outstanding flavour and texture with no artificial additives. Baking and promoting real bread is our lifestyle, about which we are very passionate.’
Tom van Rooyen is passionate about food and cooking. His baking is inspired by a fusion of seasonal, local home cooking and creative influences from cultures across the globe.
Brought up on a Dumfries and Galloway smallholding, he has since travelled and worked around the world. Returning to Dumfries and Galloway in 2000 with his wife Pavlina, Tom worked as a cook for a local events centre where he became known for his curries, risottos, soups and of course his baking. Having to cater for a wide variety of special diets led Tom to experiment with different flours, and longer slower baking methods such as sourdough.
Pavlina van Rooyen’s career background is in marketing and graphic design. In her native Czech, bread is still made traditionally in small community bakeries. Applying her 21st-century design and marketing skills to the running of her own small family bakery, it feels natural to Pavlina to rediscover the traditions of the past and bring them into a fresh and vibrant present and future.
They also do a Gluten-Free loaf. ‘The Earth’s Crust gluten-free loaf offers a real alternative to wheat based bread.’