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Vegan Bay Baker: New Aberdeen bakeshop opens to the public – here’s what to get your hands on

Vegan Bay Baker products.
A selection of sweet and savoury bakes by Vegan Bay Baker.

Vegan Bay Baker opened its new bakeshop in Aberdeen this morning – to the delight of fans across the city.

Located on Castlegate, in the former RS McColl’s space, it was announced by owner Steve Buchan earlier this summer that he would be opening a second Vegan Bay Baker branch in the Granite City.

The first is situated on Broad Street in Peterhead.

Steve, from Cruden Bay, picked up the keys at the tail end of June and it has taken around six weeks to refurbish the space.

Outside the new shop on Castlegate.

The bakeshop opened its doors at 9am and foodies headed over to get their hands on a bake (or two), including myself.

Grand Open Day

It was made public knowledge on Monday that Vegan Bay Baker’s Aberdeen branch was opening to the public today on social media.

The post read: “The news you’ve all been waiting for – our official opening day for our Aberdeen shop! Super pleased to announce that we will be opening this Wednesday at 9am!

“With huge thanks to everyone who has helped us get here, from our joiners, painters to friends and family helping us move equipment over.

“And a huge thank you to Kerry who kindly offered to paint our sign for us at such short notice too – meaning we could open this week! Hope to see you guys on Wednesday.”

The post racked up more than 980 likes, 242 comments, and 109 shares.

For those that weren’t able to attend the ‘soft opening’, the branch will be hosting a grand open day this Saturday.

While the bakery’s range of tasty sweet and savoury treats will be available to purchase, there will also be canapes and drinks for everyone to enjoy.

Food and Drink team recommendations

If you plan on stopping by the new branch any time soon – or are paying a visit to the Peterhead store, instead – you may find yourself struggling to decide what goods you’d like to tuck into or take home with you.

But fear not, as the Food and Drink team has come together to share our top five product recommendations.

Steve’s bakes feature milk-free chocolate, dairy-free margarine, vegan icing and caster sugar – where required – so they are the perfect option for those adhering to a vegan lifestyle or are simply after a tasty dessert.

Yum yum

The yum yum has been a staple Vegan Bay Baker bake since its inception, with it being one of the first products Steve perfected.

Like many of the bakery’s goods, it’s a hefty size, to say the least – one of the main reasons why each and every one of us adores it so much.

Pillowy soft in texture with a sweet, glossy icing, we would urge you to try one out for yourself.

Caramel doughnut

It’s no surprise that the caramel doughnut is award-winning.

Like the yum yum, the doughnut itself is fluffy and airy. And when paired with that thick, gooey layer of golden caramel icing, it’s a match made in heaven.


We couldn’t make a roundup of our favourite baked goods by Vegan Bay Baker without including its increasingly popular butteries.

The team’s very own buttery connoisseur, Andy, was fairly impressed when he first tucked into one for the first time.

He said: “If you told me that a vegan buttery could taste just as good as a traditional one, I would have said ‘no way’, but Vegan Bay Baker’s would fool the greatest of buttery experts.”

Cinnamon bun

Cinnamon buns are an elite baked good, it’s a known fact. However, Vegan Bay Baker takes them to a whole new level.

As well as being a feast for the eyes, they are buttery and tangy to taste. Pair with a tea or coffee, or simply enjoy the treat in all its glory on its own.

Salt and pepper focaccia

The salt and pepper focaccia is a somewhat new addition to the brand’s product portfolio, but it has proved a hit with customers ever since.

Its tangy flavours (that provide a nice kick) will leave you wanting to go back for more, and more.

What are your favourite Vegan Bay Baker products? Let us know in the comments section.

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