The first 100% gluten-free bakery has opened in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, producing a range of free-from breads and cakes.

Twice as Nice opened on 10 December and is owned by Laura Krippner, who started baking commercially in the spring of 2014. She began by selling at the monthly Rode Hall Farmers Market, where she still trades.

Krippner is aided in the bakery by Italian baker Walter Liberto, who is getting to grips with gluten-free baking for the first time, and the shop also sells local free-from products, including gluten-free variants of the unique Staffordshire oatcake, made by Weston Coyney Oatcakes.

Krippner said: “The basic premise behind the bakery is to create a gluten-free safe space.”

As well as being gluten-free, the bakery caters for other allergies and lifestyle choices. All the bread “is free from all 14 allergens” and some other products, including the Anzacs cookies, are made without egg or dairy.

Krippner said she was inspired to start Twice as Nice due to the poor choice of gluten-free products she found in her area after moving back to the UK.

She said: “Just because you don’t live in a big city it shouldn’t mean you can’t get things.”

Her bread received official recognition at the World Bread Awards, where she won a silver award for her Honey Glazed Apple Bread and a bronze for her Sourdough.