End of an era as Malone’s serves last morning roll

Malone's has been an institution for 60 years. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor
Malone's has been an institution for 60 years. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor
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IT’S an iconic pit stop that’s provided hundreds of bleary-eyed clubbers with after-hours food to replace calories lost on the dance floor.

Now waves of nostalgia are pouring over generations of customers as a late-night bakery closes its doors after more than 60 years.

It’s been there for as long as I can remember. Its closure will be a big miss to the community

Harry Sutherland

Malone’s Bakeries on Slateford Road served its last ever customer at 5am yesterday after current owner Sylvia Mason announced her retirement last week in an advert taken out in the Evening News.

The family-run business – one of the first of its kind in the city – has been an Edinburgh staple since 1953, with Ms Mason joining in 1975 and quickly taking over the helm at a time when the bakery sold only bran scones, white rolls and butteries.

In recent years she’s manned the counters with the help of her sister and daughter, as well as co-workers Raymond Duke and Allan Grieve.

Harry Sutherland, chair of Hutchison and Chesser Community Council, said he was partial to the bakery’s morning rolls and bran scones and that the closure would be a huge loss.

He said: “It’s been there for as long as I can remember – it’s well known by everybody. On the summer nights you’d see people wandering up to get rolls and scones and so on.

“It would serve anybody. Its closure will be a big miss to the local community here – there’s no doubt about that.”

News that the beloved store would shut its doors for the last time was also met with despair on social media, as residents from across the city shared their memories of an “Edinburgh institution”.

One local said: “My dad first took me there about 50 years ago. Became a habit to stop there on way home from a night out to get bread and rolls hot from the oven and a round of bran scones for the morning.

“Sorry to hear they’re closing. I’ll only be one of so, so many people that will miss the place.”

Another added: “In the good old days – mid 70s – Malone’s was my half-way point from home after a great night out at Clouds disco.

“Always had pie on a roll and waited for my dad to finish his taxi shift so he could pick me up and head home to Baberton Mains. Malone’s bakery – an iconic part of Edinburgh history.”

Ms Mason declined to comment. However, a family member said she wanted to thank all of the customers who shopped at her bakery over the years.