WHEN a family from Norfolk moved to Scotland in 2009 and took over the run down Breadalbane Bakery – a small, single shop baker based in Aberfeldy, in the heart of Scotland – they could not have foreseen the challenges the business is currently facing.
Over ten years, the family has built it back up, gaining locals’ trust and custom, as well as seasonal visitors.
With two skilled bakers (the son and daughter of the owner, Lynda), Breadalbane has diversified over the past few years – building up the product range, and quality, even winning some awards for products, at the Scottish Bakers Awards, even opening a tea room to provide a community hub for people to meet up, grab a coffee and a cake and have chat.
But COVID-19 changed all that!
Hannah Curston, at Breadlabane, takes up the story: “Whilst we had so shut our tearoom under the Government’s restrictions, we were quick to make use of the space to help the community.
“So we transformed it into a pantry and greengrocers, supplying a wide range of pantry items, including essential baking items (flour, sugar, yeast) plus lots of pasta, tinned goods and toiler toll.
“We also started a small selection of fruit and veg, but this quickly grew and we now offer a huge range of fresh and loose fruit and veg from our suppliers Les Turiff in Dundee.
“We stock local eggs, milk, cheese and much more.
“As well as continuing to bake six nights a week, to keep the community going with fresh bread and cakes, we are proud to have been able to introduce an once-a-week delivery service out to [nearby] Pitlochry.
“We are also working with local charity Feldy Roo, who offer a free meal service for all over 70s in Aberfeldy and surrounding area. They now deliver over 200 meals a day!!
“We have had to change almost every aspect of what we do in a such a short time, but it’s all just to keep us going and the community fed.”
Hannah continued: “As for the future, we are starting to plan out our full-time plans for turning our tearoom into a full-time green grocers and pantry. We want to compile a list of local food producers whose produce we can sell.
“We’re looking to our community to help us source everything, from local fruit and veg, jams, honey, tablet, cheese and chocolates. So if you have something to offer, please let us know in the comments or DM us.
“We look forward to this new venture.”
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