The Famous Forfar Bridie
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JAS. McLAREN & SON, Forfar, Scotland - Bakers - Established
Shops at 22 Market Street & 8 The Cross, Forfar, also at 9 High
Partners : W. McLaren : A. G McLaren : K. F. Murray
A Forfar Bridie is a horseshoe shaped meat product. It has a
shortcrust cover and the filling consists of beef, onions and seasoning.
They originated in Forfar in the early part if the 19th Century. One story of their origin is that they were made for wedding meals (the Bride's meal) hence the horseshoe shape (for luck).
Another story is that they were made by Margaret Bridie of Glamis, who sold them at the Buttermarket in Forfar.
James McLaren & Son have been making Forfar Bridies since 1893 and the present owner, William
McLaren, is the great grandson of the firm's founder James McLaren.
Bridies are a traditional Saturday lunch in Forfar.
JAS. McLAREN & SON,
Forfar, Scotland. - Bakers & Confectioners
THE ANATOMY OF A FORFAR BRIDIE
How would you describe a Forfar bridie?
The classic description, often quoted by Alan Reid the local historian, was given by Jeems Stark, a one-time local character and frequenter of
bakehouses. According ti Jeems, a bridie was "juist a brodie
- a big roond slap o' dough wi' the tap hauf spread wi' steak cut sma' an' chappit
ingins." "Syne the boddom hauf's luftit an' laid ower the tap an' scolpit ee
aidge." "Nick oot twa holes ee tap, fauld, an' there y'are - a brode pie - a brodie - a
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JAS. McLAREN & SON,
Forfar, Scotland. - Bakers & Confect ioners
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This page was updated - 09 December, 2014