Popular independent business Vera Artisan Bakery has opened a second shop in the city’s King Street.
Almost three years after launching her first bakery (read about it here), owner Texenery Gonzales Vera – known as Texy – has expanded to open a larger outlet at the café premises previously used by Loving Food.
The original bakery, on Barnton Street, remains open for order collections just now with plans to resume a full takeaway service in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, the new bakery offers customers the chance to sit in and enjoy delicious food and drink with a menu featuring all-day breakfasts, brunch, light bites, pancakes, milkshakes and ice cream as well as cakes and sweet treats.
Texy says: “We had a great response when we opened Vera Artisan Bakery just before lockdown in 2020. Times were challenging but we worked through it by doing home deliveries and then the business really took off once we were able to reopen fully. It’s been so busy that we wanted a bigger space so we could have places for customers to sit inside, toilets and an area for children.
Our reputation for making delicious cakes and baked goods from scratch had really grown and we wanted to build on that. We had a lot of support from customers and good feedback for the idea of opening a café so we thought it would work and decided to go for it.”
Texy wanted a location in the heart of the city centre and the former Loving Food café at 51, King Street, which has been closed for some time, proved the perfect premises.
Vera Artisan Bakery & Kitchen opened on November 21 2022 offering a
seasonal and locally sourced menu which features a wide range of dishes including patatas bravas, brioche bagels, chorizo hash and loaded fries as well as homemade soup, a selection of breakfasts and open sandwiches.
There is also a children’s menu plus coffee and the tasty hand-crafted
sourdough and cakes which the bakery is so well known for.
Texy says: “It’s a great space and we’ve been really busy since opening up. I just love baking and it’s been great to be able to do more in the new place and to see all our usual customers coming along as well as new ones. We’ve had a fantastic welcome and support from the local community – it’s really been amazing.”
The original Vera Artisan Bakery opened on February 21, 2020 offering various baked goods and specialising in making 100% sourdough bread.
Texy, who moved from Stirling to Tenerife six years ago, had previously worked at Muffin Break in The Thistles and wanted to pursue a dream of opening her very own artisan bakery.
Last September, the bakery won Bakery of the Year at the Scottish Food
Awards 2022. And in December, customers nominated Texy’s businesses for MP Alyn Smith’s Local Heroes Award.
More information about both shops, plus details of the Celebration Cakes which can be ordered, are available on the website – www.veraartisanbakery.co.uk.
Vera Artisan Bakery & Kitchen is open daily – from 9am until 4.30pm Monday to Saturday and from 10am until 4pm on Sundays. Vera Artisan Bakery, at 26-28 Barnton Street, is generally open Monday to Saturday from 9am until 3pm and closed on Sundays. However, it is currently only open for order collection pending a return to a full takeaway service.