Butcher aims to reopen late-night bakery

Mark McGill outside the former Malone's Bakeries which has been renamed McGill's Bakeries. Picture: Julie Bull
Mark McGill outside the former Malone's Bakeries which has been renamed McGill's Bakeries. Picture: Julie Bull
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A BELOVED late-night bakery that shut its doors over the summer is set to reopen after being snapped up by a new owner.

Malone’s Bakeries in Slateford Road closed at the end of June after previous owner Sylvia Mason announced her retirement in an advert taken out in the Evening News.

But now award-winning Currie-based butcher Mark McGill has bought the store over and pledged to keep it going as a late-night bakery – insisting it will be up and running again by tomorrow.

Mr McGill already owns the all-night bakery in Morrison Street and promises the new Malone’s – renamed McGill’s Bakeries – will stock everything from bread rolls to a range of pies and cakes.

The 47-year-old, who lives in Cramond, said: “We’ve been here for about 20 years in Currie and it’s one of those things where we just thought it was a natural progression.

“I just thought, ‘there’s nothing ventured, nothing gained’. And I’d rather have the competition with myself – we’ve had the bakery on Morrison Street for five years.

“Obviously we will have to apply for a licence again [to open late]. We can open from 7am to 11pm at the moment and I believe the licensing committee sits on October 9, so we will know after that. But I don’t think there will be any problems.”

And the upbeat butcher revealed he had been so eager to snap up Malone’s that the deal had been signed and completed before his wife – who was away on holiday at the time – had even known about it.

He said running his three separate shops was now a “full-time job”, with his general working week often topping 80 hours.

“We’re going to have to work pretty hard to keep it up,” he said. “It’s not going to happen overnight. It’s been a business for 60 years and the people who had it before were obviously very successful.”

Before closing in June, Malone’s Bakeries opened until 5am on weekends and became an iconic pit stop for bleary-eyed clubbers heading home after a night on the tiles.

The family-run business was one of the first of its kind in the Capital and had been a feature of the city since 1953, originally selling only bran scones, white rolls and butteries.

Former owner Ms Mason joined in 1975 and quickly rose to take over the helm.

News that the beloved store would shut its doors for the last time this summer was met with widespread despair.

Nostalgic residents mourned the loss of an “Edinburgh institution” and shared memories of youthful nights at the disco ending with a nocturnal visit to the bakery for fresh bread and rolls hot from the oven.

But Mr McGill promised the bakery would be back up and running in a matter of days, with his famous steak and gravy pies a prominent feature of the menu.