The simple enjoyment of a cuppa and a wee biscuit is hard to beat, and here at Provender Brown we've tracked down some of the sweetest treats around. For a proper Scottish tea break, you need a beautifully packaged tin from Shortbread House of Edinburgh - with Brodies breakfast blend to wash them down of course.
For delicate flavour and refinement, try Anna's Thins, the original Swedish ginger thin, made under Royal Warrant to the King of Sweden. If ginger isn't your thing, then try their almond or orange flavours. Divine!
Of course, we love a good story to go with our cuppa and one of our favourites is the tale of how Island Bakery was born. Joe & Dawn Reade were young graduates when they started baking bread in a converted garage in Tobermory in 1994.
Two years later they bought a shop on Tobermory’s colourful Main Street and it was through stocking this that Dawn realised there was a gap in the market for tempting organic biscuits. The rest, as they say, is history and since their launch in 2001 Island Bakery organic biscuits have picked up several Great Taste awards and scooped an Organic Food award.
Whether it's a savoury biscuit for cheese, nibbles to serve with drinks or a sweet pastry to enjoy with a coffee, here at Provender Brown you're sure to discover your new favourite treat.
Wild Hearth is a wood-fired artisan bakery dedicated to the world of natural sourdough. Their breads and pastries are slowly and carefully created by hand from organic flours and wild “starters” for the optimum depth of flavour, balance and lightness.
In fact, apart from baguette and ciabatta where they use a tiny amount of baker’s yeast in addition to sourdough, everything they make is sourdough.
They don’t take shortcuts. Their wood-fired oven takes 12 hours to fire from cold and their starters ripen for around 16 hours before they mix their doughs – doughs which rise on average for seven hours before being baked.
Provender Brown stocks a number of authentic Scottish oatcakes, inlcuding the famous Adamsons Oatcake from Fife, Perthshire Oatcakes complete range and Your Piece - also Fife. These are all small-batch produced by hand and follow traditional recipes to give you a truly great oatcake worthy of a generous chunk of Scottish cheese and a large dollop of chutney.