M74, Junction 8; 12 minutes
Shop: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat 7am-5pm
Cafe: Mon-Sat 8.30am-4pm
Free WiFi for visitors
Vegetarian or vegan options
A detour into the colourful market town of Strathaven (‘Stray-ven’) will bring you to the sweet-smelling door of Scotland's oldest bakery: Alexander Taylor. With a lovely river-facing setting, this failsafe favourite has been run by six generations of the same family since opening in 1820. This is a traditional feeling town set around a quaint square; the castle ruins and independent shops are ripe for exploration.
Take a seat in the bakery's delightful tea room to enjoy a bowl of tasty soup, a crisp grilled sourdough sandwich, or a hot Ramsay's bacon roll. The coffee is sublime and best paired with some of Taylor's exquisite patisserie.
If you prefer your expertly baked goods to go, delve into the deli's collection then retreat to the town's manicured park to picnic in Strathaven style. Choose between handcrafted pretzels, organic sourdough loaves, tea breads and Paris-perfect patisserie.
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