James McLaren & Son have been making Forfar Bridies since 1893. The present owner, Karen Murray, is the great, great grandaughter of the firms’ founder James McLaren and the fifth generation of the family to run the business.
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 the early part of the 19th century. One story of their origin is that they were made for wedding meals (the Brides’ meal) hence the horseshoe shape (for luck). Another story is that they were made by Margaret Bridie from Glamis who sold them at the Buttermarket in Forfar.
James McLaren & Son are quality family bakers since 1893. They have two shops in Forfar and another in Kirriemuir selling a range of handmade products including bread, rolls, pies, pastries and cakes.
James McLaren & Son
22 Market Street, Forfar, DD8 3EW
8 The Cross, Forfar, DD8 1BX
9 High Street, Kirriemuir, DD8 4EY