Eoin Cluskey wants to change things. He wants to go back to how it used to be. How it should be, simple. Bread should be simple. Bread doesn’t need 37 ingredients. It needs 3. Changing opinions and tastes around something that you find in every single household won’t be easy but if anyone can do it it’s Eoin and his team at Bread Nation and in their new cafe Bread 41.
I was lucky enough to head along to an afternoon session in the Bread Nation kitchen with Eoin prior to the cafe opening to the public to see what the plan was. Located on Pearse Street, right under the railway bridge. And I mean right under, you can feel the trains passing over head every few minutes. Eoin reckons there’s a bigger train once every hour and he knows when it’s coming.
Within a couple of minutes of chatting to Eoin you can feel how passionate he is about bread. Bread 41 and Bread Nation is where he wanted to be 5 years ago. It’s been a long road but he’s got there. First and foremost Bread Nation is an organic bakery and supply’s places like 3fe , Fia and 2 pups. The cafe is an added extra, and Bread 41 will serve up their delicious breads for breakfast and lunch.
In the next little while they plan to fire up their wood oven and sell pizzas into the evening through a hatch right onto to Pearse street. But for now they will be opening from 7am to 3pm Monday to Friday. Eoin will also be hosting an Introduction To Bread course, which is already sold out until 2019!
Plus the have their own mill and soon will be milling their own flour. One of the ideas behind this is that customers will be able to drop into Bread 41 and pick up a bag of freshly milled Bread Nation flour to take home and make their own bread. We do it with tea and coffee so why not with bread!
Over the next few months I think you’ll be seeing a lot more of Bread Nation and Bread 41 pop up, whether thats on Instagram or in pieces about how Eoin is changing things. Thankfully I live close enough that I can pop down for my bread fix regularly.