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The Baker's Tale

When you think of traditional British comfort food, everyone has their feel-good favourites.
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When you think of traditional British comfort food, everyone has their feel-good favourites. Maybe yours is bangers and mash, thick soup, or a Sunday roast with all the trimmings. Or perhaps your sweet tooth means that a steaming bowl of bread and butter pudding with custard puts a smile on your face. But why?

Studies have shown that, yes, the pleasurable taste and texture of comfort food does boost your mood... but not just because it conjures up carefree childhood memories. It also sends signals from the gut to the brain, which influences how we feel. So there you go. It’s physical as well as psychological.

The BEST WESTERN Kinloch Hotel on the wild, beautiful Isle of Arran has its own nineteenth century bakery. Complete with a huge Victorian oven that’s over 100 years old. Follow your nose around the hotel and you’ll find it. The current Head Baker George Grassie joins the team after teaching his skills and techniques in Norway and takes over from Phil Judge who was the Head Baker for 40 years.

George, like Phil rises early and cycles into work each morning at 4am to create the breads, pies, pastries and cakes that keep both the hotel guests and the entire village satisfied throughout the day.

Check out the video below and see Phil in action and everything this hidden gem of a bakery has to offer. 

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