The best breadmakers (and sellers) in Edinburgh and Glasgow

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  • 7 March 2011
The best breadmakers (and sellers) in Edinburgh and Glasgow

Falko Konditorei

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

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,

A 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.
B Ubiquitous Chip
12 Ashton Lane, Glasgow, G12 8SJ
One of Glasgow’s dining institutions – a trailblazer in sourcing and creativity back in the day, and still one of the best venues for a special eating out experience.
C 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.
D 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…
E 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.
F 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.
G 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.
H 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…
I 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…
J 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…
K 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.
L Artisan Roast
57 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3RJ
Independent coffee house serving direct trade, single origin blends alongside cakes and sandwiches.
M Edinburgh Larder Café
15 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1NB
Just off the Royal Mile, this friendly and bright daytime café proudly showcases Scotland’s seasonal and local produce.
N 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.
O 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…
P 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…
Q 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…


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!"

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