Luing Bakery - award-winning bakery on the Isle of Luing in the inner Hebrides
Luing Bakery won two Gold awards in the Scottish Bread Championships at the 2017 Royal Highland Show. Bread is currently baked at home by Mary Braithwaite at Cullipool House, and is sold at the island shop, Luing Stores. Production is currently small, but will expand when the small bakery being built alongside Cullipool House is finished. Mary and husband Nigel moved to Luing in 2015. Previously they had set up and run a village bakery in Wye, Kent, but were keen to escape southern England and scale down their baking activities. They first had the idea to start a bakery after moving back to the UK in 2007 after decades abroad and being unable to find good bread. They did some training with Andrew Whitley, the guru of real bread in the UK, and then with the French National Bakery Institute (INBP) in Rouen, France, where they learnt the methods and techniques they use today. Their breads use slow processes and 'pre-ferments', which make the bread tasty, digestible and long-keeping. Since moving to Luing, Mary has developed breads using grains that were once grown on Luing, especially barley and oats. Other breads include rye, spelt and Orkney beremeal. A popular bread is Luing Sourdough, which includes flakes of barley, oats and rye. Mary also makes sweet enriched loaves, including the Gold award-winning Clootie Loaf, which uses eggs from Balvicar on Seil, Scottish butter, molasses, raising, sultants, currants, apple and spices. Luing is a great place to establish a bakery as it has a long and fine tradition of home baking. It has an active 'Isle of Luing Home Bakers' group, whose current 18 members produce very good cakes, biscuits, shortbread and savoury items, some of which are also on sale at Luing Stores. Contact: Luing Bakery, Cullipool House, Isle of Luing, PA34 4TX, Argyll. Tel: 01852 314094. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Luing Stores, Cullipool, Isle of Luing. Telephone 01852 314114 or go to Luing Stores Facebook page.