What savoury bake is neither pie nor pasty?

What savoury bake is neither pie nor pasty?

The town's two bakers, Saddlers and McLarens, sort fact from the guesses on the Forfar bridie

Some things about a Forfar bridie are firm fact. Others are not. Real Forfar bridies, as sold by the town's two bakers, Saddler's and McLaren's, are made using shortcrust pastry (not flaky), with a filling of steak mince, secret seasonings and sometimes onions.

As a helpful guide, bridies with one hole on top have onions, but two-holed bridies are onion-free. Both bakers have been involved in a recent application for protected food name status from the EU.

However, things get a little murkier when you delve into the origins. One interpretation suggests the bridie was invented in the 1800s as part of a wedding meal (for the bride), with the iconic horseshoe shape signifying luck for married life ahead.

The alternative says it was the original speciality of a baker called Margaret Bridie of Glamis, who sold them at market in Forfar to farm workers, the sturdy pastry casing keeping the filling from dirty hands.

Rivalries are put aside, however, at Station Park, home of local football team Forfar Athletic. The current club mascot is Baxter the Bridie (baxter being an old Scots word for baker), and the hot snacks are, of course, served up to spectators at half-time.

A Saddler's of Forfar
35 East High Street, Forfar, Angus, DD8 2EL
One of two bakers in the town making the Forfar bridie, Saddler's is a clean, bright bakery shop with cheerful staff offering an impressive array of traditional Scottish cakes and, of course, the famous local pasty. The pleasant café serves up drinks…
B James McLaren and Son
22/26 Market Street, Forfar, Angus, DD8 3EW
Long-established baker specialising in Forfar bridies, using only steak according to an old family recipe.

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