ARAN will be an artisan bakery situated in Dunkeld, Highland Perthshire. Based in a derelict 200-year-old building in the heart of the community our aim is to breathe new life into one of the most prominent shops on the high street. Throughout the years it has been everything from a lemonade factory to a dentist to a newsagent. Now, in its stripped back form we plan to add another use to its long list of services.
ARAN will be more than just a bakery however. We will not only have our doors open to the general public, but also to those in the local area looking for high quality wholesale produce, particularly our breads, cakes and preserves. By working closely with the surrounding businesses and enterprises, we aim to encourage and help tourism in what is a pretty spectacular area of Scotland. Set up as an open plan kitchen, all of our processes will be on display, and customers will be able to watch our methods and techniques as they wait for their purchases or coffees. We also aim to offer regular artisan baking classes to the public as well as hosting seasonal supper clubs and taster evenings as our menu evolves. Alongside our classes we plan on taking ARAN to schools in order to teach the younger generation key techniques and healthy attitudes towards food – something we believe very strongly in, particularly in this day and age. Community is at the heart of our business plan.
All ingredients will be sourced as locally as possible and supporting small not-for-profit initiatives. Wholemeal flour will come from Aberfeldy Mill, 15 miles away, eggs from a local farm two miles away, organic veg from community initiative The Field less than a mile away and fruits from Dunkeld Community Orchard just over the bridge.
We purchased the property two days before Christmas 2016 and have been working tirelessly with the support of the community to get it ready for a grand opening. Though it hasn’t been easy the end is nigh!
No.2 Atholl Street will be opening its doors late summer 2017.