Cycling requires a vast amount of energy. Bakeries are my favourite place to go for replacement calories. I should probably be telling you that I only ever eat goji berries and kale on my cycling trips, but the truth is that for an instant energy rush I love to go into a bakery. In the same way that every French town has a boulangerie you will find that towns in Scotland always have a bakery offering a delicious array of goodies. I have visited many as I make my way around Scotland, but I have found a favourite- J.G.Ross of Inverurie.
It didn't happen right away. The first time I went into a J.G. Ross bakery I loved their rum truffle and caramel shortcake, but I didn't think to myself that this was the best bakery I hade ever experienced. I didn't even remember the name of the bakery. Luckily I had taken a note in my journal, for reference at a later date.
A pattern gradually formed where I was getting things out of certain bakeries on cycle trips and enjoying them so much that the experience was impossible to forget. I soon realised that it was always a J.G. Ross bakery that was providing these wonderful memories.
J.G. Ross is based in the North East of Scotland with its headquarters in Inverurie. There are shops all over the region with the largest concentration in Aberdeen. Stonehaven is their southernmost shop and Elgin the westernmost. The website lists all of the locations of the current shops.
It was the Insch shop where my first purchase took place. I wrote about it and took a photo of my treats.
What makes it so great?
I have concentrated on the sweet side of the bakery, but they also do bread, pies and sandwiches. I have tried the sandwiches and they are very good; better than a supermarket sandwich. They also have a range of ready meals and gluten-free products.
I hope that J.G. Ross expand to other parts of Scotland, so that wherever I go there will be a branch nearby. In the meantime whenever I am in the North East on my bike I know that I can count on J.G. Ross to be there with delicious sweet delights.
My name is Colin Baird and I want to see all of Scotland by bicycle.