Edinburgh bakery returns to late-night opening hours

Mark McGill outside the bakery. Picture: Julie Bull
Mark McGill outside the bakery. Picture: Julie Bull
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A RENOWNED bakery which was revived by new owners will revert to its much-loved late-night opening times this weekend.

Malone’s Bakeries in Slateford Road closed in the summer after previous owner Sylvia Mason announced her retirement.

The closure of the Edinburgh institution – popular with revellers and shift workers – was lamented by customers until Currie butcher Mark McGill revealed that he was going to keep it going.

Business at McGill’s Bakeries has been going well since it reopened in October – and the doors were open until 4am this morning after Mr McGill secured a late licence from the council.

The premises will be serving a selection of savoury and sweet goods up to 4am on Fridays and Saturdays, while it will be open until 11pm on weeknights.

After the Christmas and New Year period, Mr McGill and his wife, Jayne, will assess the demand for extended opening during the week.

They received the late licence despite a handful of objections from local residents who argued that it could encourage antisocial behaviour.

Before they took over, Malone’s Bakeries had been running at the same site for more than half a century – and Mr McGill had repeated approaches from customers, including taxi drivers, to open late.

The licence allows the premises to be open until 5am, however it will close at 4am for a trial period.

Mr McGill, who lives in Cramond, said: “We are looking forward to seeing how it’s going to go.

“From the feedback we’ve had from locals, they are delighted that it’s happening, and that it’s not another closed business as there are too many of them at the moment.”

Five members of staff are employed at the Slateford Road premises, with one person set to man the shop during the wee small hours. Before closing in June, Malone’s Bakeries opened until 5am on weekends and became a favourite pit stop for bleary-eyed clubbers heading home after a night out.

The family-run business, which dated back to 1953, originally only sold bran scones, white rolls and butteries.

Mr McGill previously revealed to the News that he had been so eager to take over the Slateford institution that he signed the deal before his wife, who was away on holiday at the time, even knew about it.

The McGills already own the all-night bakery in Morrison Street and the award-winning Mark McGill Butcher in Currie.