Stranraer baker takes treacle award

A STRANRAER baker has won a silver award for its treacle scone at the Scottish Baker of the Year Awards.

William Simpson & Sons took the Borders silver certificate at a glittering ceremony hosted by Scottish Bakers, the association that supports and promotes the interests of Scottish Bakers across the country.

Terry Simpson said: “We are extremely pleased to have been recognised as one of the best bakers in Scotland. “We put all our energies into making consistently good quality products and this has been recognised by the judges. But we could not have come this far in the competition without our team and the customers who voted for us.”

Scottish Bakers asked customers across Scotland to vote for their favourite bakery items in the following categories: morning roll, scone, small cake, savoury and bread scoring each on appearance, freshness, taste and value for money.

The top 30 products in each category were baked and delivered to Fife for judging by a panel of independent experts led by Robert Ross. The judges had one day only to look at 150 of the best baked items in the country in order to decide the regional and national winners.

Each category was divided into 3 regions, covering Northern, Central and Southern Scotland. Within each category the judges awarded a Gold, Silver and Bronze. All Bronze, Silver and Gold regional winners were then re-judged to identify the Scottish National Winners for each category and each of them was entered into the business judging stage of the Scottish Baker of the Year competition to select the best bakery business in Scotland.