James McLaren and Son
- 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
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
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.