This award-winning bakery is the brainchild of 5 directors: chef Ben Reade, Duncan and Amy Findlater who own Smith & Gertrude, Hollie Love Reid who owns Nice Times Bakery and Lovecrumbs, and Sashana Souza Zanella. Rather a supergroup with everyone bringing their own expertise to the table to get it started! Ben and Duncan run it day to day, but Hollie is also involved.
Ben’s dedication to provenance extends not only to carefully sourcing specific flours and grains for his delicious nutritious loaves but also milling much of it in-house to ensure exactly the product he desires. There is a great range of loaves from wholegrain to focaccia, baguettes to rye breads and multiseed all available via the online shop for wholesale and home delivery in Edinburgh. They also minimise their use of plastic and collaborate to reach zero-waste in all they achieve.
Based in Haymarket it is not a full-time retail outlet but a hive of activity where sourdoughs are made by his creative and skilful team as proven when they excelled at the 2021 Scottish Bread Championship (see results below).
They now also have a pop up market is on every Saturday and Sunday at their Haymarket bakery. Buy your bread direct from the bakery and take home a sweet treat from and some weekend brunch essentials from some wonderful Scottish suppliers including @ramsayofscotland @blackthornsalt & @eastcoastcured
After years of wholesale, they turned their attention to keeping homes well-fed and hope to help foster strong communities with their new delivery service. To Order Online
RESERVE CHAMPION – Company Bakery – Baguette
CLASS 1: Classic Sourdough Bread – using flour, water and salt
GOLD – Company Bakery – Baguette & White Home Loaf
BRONZE – Company Bakery – Signature Family Sourdough
CLASS 2: Enriched Sourdough bread – with additions of seeds, fruit etc.
SILVER – Company Bakery – Rye Multiseed & Ciabatta
BRONZE – Company Bakery – Raisin and Cinnamon Boule
CLASS 4: Breads reflecting Scotland’s food culture e.g. made with historic grains
SILVER – Company Bakery – New York Rye
photos: RHS Scottish Bread Championship, 2019 & 2021
photos: loaves from Company Bakery’s website
Also available while stocks last… Ben Reade has collaborated to produce limited edition Rosebery Estates Cider Vinegar…matured in 16 barrels, in oak, chestnut, cherry and juniper woods from the founder of the consortium of balsamic vinegar makers in Modena, Italy. Fast forward to 2021 I [Ben] now have vinegar for sale. It’s a balsamic cider vinegar made by a hugely labour and apple intensive method unique to this vinegar and inspired by both the solerà and balsamic vinegar systems then just at the end, under the watchful eye of Joe it’s infused with a little sage to give it that herby lift. Buy here