The best breadmakers (and sellers) in Edinburgh and Glasgow

Including Au Gourmand, Patisserie Dujardin, McGhee's Family Bakers, The Bavarian Bakehouse and Different Breid

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The best breadmakers (and sellers) in Edinburgh and Glasgow

Falko Konditorei

The appearance of more small artisan bakeries points to an increasing awareness of and demand for proper bread, both from the public and the operations serving them. Around the sandwich shops of the capital Au Gourmand, the Gorgie-based but France-inspired wholesale bakery, is bought in by many discerning operations including Bread & Olives, Broughton Delicatessen and The Edinburgh Larder. Also seen is bread from the newer Patisserie Dujardin, based in Linlithgow, while neighbourhood bakeries such as The Manna House are selling wholesale as well as direct to the public from their own outlet.

Through in Glasgow, McGhee’s Family Bakers, based in the city since 1935, are the producers of the city’s famous crispy roll – a ubiquitous airy bap with a well-fired top. However a number of artisan bakers are making something a bit more special for sandwiches. Biggest among them is Tapa in Dennistoun, supplying its huge range of organic breads and cakes to establishments including Cherry and Heather Fine Foods , The 78, Cranachan, Café Alba (19 Main St, Milngavie, 0141 956 1163), and Artisan Roast, as well as its own two cafés. The Bavarian Bakehouse (Block 3 Unit 3 Milton Road, Kirkintilloch, 0141 7778577) is garnering a reputation for its speciality German and continental rye breads, with customers ranging from the upmarket Restaurant at Blythswood Square to newcomer Eati Boutiquie. One-man-show Andrew Wilson of Different Breid specialises in organic sourdough bread, which he makes in Heart Buchanan’s kitchen, supplying their café (380 Byres Rd) and the Ubiquitous Chip and Stravaigin restauraunts, as well as local cheesemonger Iain Mellis (various locations around Scotland, mellischeese.co.uk)

Artisan Roast

57 Broughton Street, Edinburgh,

Eight years ago, a dark, aromatic café on Broughton Street joined the crème de la crème of Edinburgh’s coffee drinking renaissance. Since then, Gustavo Pardo’s Artisan Roast has seeded two more espresso-sized cafes, in Bruntsfield in 2012, and early in…

Au Gourmand

8 Murieston Lane, Edinburgh, EH11 2LX

An artisan French bakery (French on the virtue of the provenance of its ingredients and of its head baker), Au Gourmand has been making bread, pastries and croissants since 2000. They now have a range of 20 breads, all slowly fermented and relying…

Broughton Delicatessen

7 Barony Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6PD

Bright, colourful deli café serving flatbreads, crêpes, tacos, tarts and delicious salads to a busy lunchtime crowd.

Cherry and Heather Fine Foods

7 North Gower Street, Glasgow, G51 1PW

Compact café and takeaway in Cessnock dishing up delightful Asian-inspired savouries and delectable cakes.

Cranachan

Unit 51, Princes Square, 48 Buchanan Street, Glasgow, G1 3JN

Set in the luxurious surroundings of Princess Square, Cranachan boasts a menu of traditional Scottish favourites brought into the modern age.

Downstairs at Stravaigin

28–30 Gibson Street, Glasgow, G12 8NX

‘Think global, eat local’ is the mantra that underpins Stravaigin’s menus, showcasing the best local, seasonal Scottish produce in innovative ways.

Edinburgh Larder Café

15 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1NB

Homely hangout just off the Royal Mile with an authentically convincing passion for Scottish produce and seasonal cooking.

The Manna House

22–24 Easter Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5RG

Home-baking meets French patisserie in this deservedly popular bakery – you'll be spoiled for choice.

IJ Mellis Cheesemonger

201 Rosemount Place, Aberdeen, AB25 2XP

Iain Mellis has six shops in Scotland, though each has an individual feel, with rounds of cheese stacked high and staff in traditional aprons. The main focus is on farmhouse cheeses from around the UK and Ireland – Fife’s Anster standing proud among…

IJ Mellis Cheesemonger

6 Bakers Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6SY

Since opening his first premises in 1993, Iain Mellis has established a mini empire of cheesemonger's shops between Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and St Andrews, with a reputation for supplying the best British farmhouse cheeses. Well-trained, friendly…

IJ Mellis Cheesemonger

30a Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2JW

The little sister of the well-established IJ Mellis group, this crowded cheese-haven is no less exciting for it. Though it doesn't have the space for the cured meats of the other stores, there remains the spectacular range of mainly artisan cheeses…

IJ Mellis Cheesemonger

Unit B, 1a, Albion Business Centre, 78 Albion Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5QZ

Famed for the smell that entices passers-by, Mellis is one of a kind – a rustic cheesemonger with maturing rooms in Edinburgh and six branches across Scotland. Iain Mellis started the business over 15 years ago and the shops sell a wonderful selection…

IJ Mellis Cheesemonger

492 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 8EW

Famed for the smell that entices passers-by, Mellis is one of a kind – a rustic cheesemonger with maturing rooms in Edinburgh and five other branches across Scotland. Iain Mellis started the business around two decades ago and sells a wonderful…

IJ Mellis Cheesemonger

149 South Street, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9UN

With six stores in Scotland – a cluster in Edinburgh, one each in Glasgow, Aberdeen and here in St Andrews – IJ Mellis is a one-stop shop for dedicated cheese lovers and fans of speciality food in general. All types of farmhouse, artisan and speciality…

Restaurant at Blythswood Square

11 Blythswood Square, Glasgow, G2 4AD

Fine dining in the elegant surroundings of a five-star hotel in Glasgow's city centre

The 78

10–14 Kelvinhaugh Street, Glasgow, G3 8NU

Comfy sofas, laid-back service, good music, craft beers and low low prices at this West End vegan café-bar.

Tapa Bakehouse

21 Whitehill Street, Dennistoun, Glasgow, G31 2LH

A friendly Dennistoun bakery and coffee house, with organic, veggie and gluten-free credentials that extend its reach well beyond the neighbourhood.

Ubiquitous Chip

12 Ashton Lane, Glasgow, G12 8SJ

Glasgow’s best-known restaurant – a trailblazer in sourcing and creativity, and still one of the best venues for a special dining experience.

Comments

1. The Farmers Wife21 Mar 2011, 5:59pm Report

Can't believe that you've missed out Alexander Taylor's Bakery in Strathaven. They are the oldest in Scotland and make the best artisan breads and patisserie. Their oatcakes are just to die for, and their pure sour dough is sought after at Lanarkshire farmer's markets (Clyde Valley, Strathaven, Hamilton and Clarkston.) Oatcakes, wholemeal, rye and many other products are made with only organic ingredients. This is what bakeries should be like!"

2. Jacob27 Mar 2011, 2:05pm Report

Hello guys, what about us at Patisserie Jacob. You missed us!!!

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