On my previous visit to Forfar I had scandalously overlooked the charms of the local delicacy, the bridie. A happy convergence of circumstances took me to the Angus town once more so this time I wouldn’t be so foolish.
A helpful comment on the site suggested that the two best places were McLaren’s and Saddler’s. Further intel had been passed on relating to the one hole – no onion – and two hole – with onion – varieties.
I was joined on this escapade by relative local and regular guest quester Graham. We munched the items in his lovely Laurencekirk home.
First we went to McLaren’s where we ordered two small bridies with onion (£3.40). The friendly counter women bid us a cheery farewell as we headed round the corner to our second bakery stop.
At Saddler’s we ordered two bigger flaky ones (£5.50).
A short drive followed, then some heating in Graham’s oven, and even the addition of some accompanying salad. Graham’s mother also joined to sample the baked goods.
First up was generously filled flakiness of the Saddler’s one. It was an instant hit with everyone. The mince was beautifully seasoned and the pastry gloriously messy. It was outstandingly good.
The McLaren’s version featured similarly excellent filling but the pastry was rather shorter and in a completely different style. It felt slightly more like an everyday pie; still very impressive but not quite so indulgent.
So overall, Saddler’s won the day on this particular bridie quest. McLaren’s was still plenty good enough and there’s more to sample from both places’ range before reaching a definitive verdict. For now it’s five stars for Saddler’s and four for McLaren’s.