AN email arrives and it asks a question.
I ALWAYS think you can tell a lot about a café by its range of customers.
KITSCHNBAKE is one of those places that has long been on my radar to visit, but I’ve never got round to it.
A reader gets in touch.
Scone Spy: Milngavie’s Honeybee Bakery mixes made-at-home fare with the baking equivalent of fine dining
WE all have standards.
I’M all for different types of cafe. I’ve realised over the years that I’m not so much one for big chains and the like.
Campbell’s bakery, Crieff This long-established bakery is a favourite with locals and if you like strawberry tarts, theirs are definitely worth trying. Some locals claim Campbell’s Scotch pie is “the pie of all pies”. Now, that is quite a claim. We can’t say for sure if they truly are the best pies in Scotland, but they’re definitely a winner. And their tattie scones aren’t half-bad, either. Fancy yourself on Bake Off? Campbell’s also run a fun Saturday baking class. There is also a branch in Comrie.
Artisana, Kirriemuir And now for something completely different. Back in 2013, Ailsa Hayward found a rusty old van, abandoned and alone. It was love at first sight. Fast forward a few years and that van – Fleur – is now a regular at shows, weddings, fayres and other events. And the good news is she’s been completely restored and renewed – and is filled with divine cakes, bakes and other goodies made by Ailsa. How do fudgy brownies, sweet and salty rocky road and crispy leek and mature cheddar savoury mini muffins grab you? Ailsa will be out and about a lot with Fleur over the next few months – you can catch them at Bonfest in Kirriemuir in April, Mofest in Montrose in May and Dogs Day Out at Glamis Castle in July.
IT’S a windy old afternoon and I’m wandering around the Castlebay pier on the Isle of Barra as the clouds darken and some nasty weather rolls in from the Atlantic.