James McLaren and Son

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James McLaren and Son
22/26 Market Street, Forfar, Angus, DD8 3EW
  • Telephone 01307 463315
  • Opening times Mon/Tue/Wed & Fri 7.45am–4pm; Thu 7.45am–1pm; Sat 7.30am–4pm. Closed Sun.
  • Website www.mclarenbakers.co.uk
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Long-established baker specialising in Forfar bridies, using only steak according to an old family recipe.

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If you're a bridie connoisseur, then this baker is one of two essential destinations in the town to get an authentic version of the local speciality. The McLarens only use steak in their bridies, and they've been baking them at the Market Street location since 1893 so they must have perfected the recipe by now. There are cheery faces behind the counter, and enough cakes to keep the Scottish sweet tooth satisfied.

Reviews & features

What savoury bake is neither pie nor pasty?

29 Jun 2017

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…

Forfar bridies: wedding treat or packed lunch?

9 Jul 2012

Its origins may be disputed, but locals fiercely guard its reputation

Kirrimuir-born JM Barrie, author of Peter Pan, knew about bridies, giving them a place in his novel Sentimental Tommy, when Tommy’s homesick mother recalls it as a ‘sublime kind of pie’ that is offered to visitors at grander houses on Hogmanay.