Alexander Taylor

Alexander Taylor

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Alexander Taylor
10–11 Waterside Street, Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, ML10 6AW
  • Telephone 01357 521260
  • Opening times Mon–Fri 8am–5pm; Sat 7am–5pm. Closed Sun.
  • Food served Mon–Fri 8.30am–5pm; Sat 8am–5pm. Closed Sun.
  • Average price £7 (lunch)
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  • Website alexandertaylorbakery.co.uk
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One of the oldest bakeries in Scotland with a thoroughly loyal and well-earned following. Artisan breads and cakes and a proper focus on locality and seasonality are the defining features.

  • Average price: £7 (lunch)
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Alexander Taylor claims to be Scotland’s oldest bakery, established in 1820 and still operating from its original site. Nowadays there’s a café as well and much to be impressed by. First there’s the sheer range of breads – almost 30-strong, plus rolls and tea breads, including Campaillou (leavened wheat and rye bread), and co-owner Barry Taylor's own recipe white organic sourdough, currently their most popular product. Then there’s the use of ingredients from Barry and his wife Claire’s garden, as in their ‘Kype-a-leekie soup’ which uses local St Brides Poultry free range chicken and their own leeks, or the care they put into their Strathaven gingerbread, made with organic heritage wheat and Strathaven Ale from the Craigmill Brewery in Sandford. The love and attention that goes into the baking extends through to the lunches served in the café. They also makes wedding and celebration cakes.

  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access
  • Open since: 1820

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