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 10 years the family has built it back up, gaining locals trust and custom as well all of their seasonal visitors. With two skilled bakers, the son and daughter of 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 Baker of the Year Awards, even opening a tea room to provide a community hub for people to meet up, grab a coffee, some 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 toiletr 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 6 nights to keep the community going with fresh bread and cakes, we are proud to have been able to introduce a once a week delivery service out to Pitlochry.
We are also working with local charity Feldy Roo who offer a free meal service for all over 70's in Aberfeldy and the 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.
As for the future, we are starting to look at full time plans to turn our tearoom into a permanent greengrocers and pantry. We want to compile a list of local food producers who’s produce we can sell. We’re looking to our community to help us source everything from local fruit and veg, jams, honey, tablet, cheese, chocolates so if you have something to offer, please contact us.