glasgow lost food scape
28 MAY - 12pm - cca meet


A four-course cycling journey exploring derelict, renovated and demolished food producing buildings across the city.

This event traveled to the original Miss Cranston's 'Crown Lunch and Tea Rooms' on Argyle Street, The Old Fish Market, The Old Fruitmarket and Bradfords Bakery. 

The menu included poached egg and bacon muffin with a cuppa tea, salmon salad, scone and marmalade and empire biscuit. 

Miss Cranston's 'Crown Lunch and Tea Rooms' tearooms closed for the final time on 18 May 1918, famous for its 'Dutch Kitchen' designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. On the menu was a cup of tea, coffee, chocolate or clear soup, a hot mutton pie, potted meat, kippered herring. As part of the ''A La Carte'' high tea menu the café had a choice of cold Tay salmon and salad, fried cod steak, Aberdeen haddock, baked fish custard, Wiltshire bacon and poached eggs, fried turkey egg, cold roast beef, lamb and tongue. Bread and butter, or toast, scones and cakes, known as ''fancies''. 

The Old Fish Market at the Briggait 

The Old Fruitmarket was home to K.Robertson Fruit and  Preserves: the brand was founded in 1864 by grocer James Robertson after his wife Marion began making the jam behind their shop in Paisley in Scotland.  By 1951 they were selling over 100 million 1lb jars annually. By the early 1960's they were importing one third of Spain's entire orange crop, using nearly 1,000 tons of sugar a week and spending over £1 million annually on glass jars and bottles. In addition to the old favourites of Golden Shred, SIlver Shred and Mincemeat, the range also included Apple Jelly, Apricot, Blackcurrant, Bramble Seedless (aka Golliberry), Damson, Greengage, Pineapple, Plum, Raspberry, Redcurrant, Strawberry and Lemon Curd.

Bradfords was one of Scotland’s best known bakeries. The Miss Cranston's brand name had been owned by Bradfords bakers until it went into liquidation in July 2013 after almost 90 years in business. Bradfords, founded by Hugh Bradford and his sons in 1924 owning a small bakery in the south side of Glasgow. Its first City Centre shop, on Sauchiehall Street, was unique as the largest artisan bakers shop in the United Kingdom situated on three floors and occupying over 5,500 square feet of retail space. Famous for the first ever Bakery ATM located opposite Debenhams on the first floor next to Santa’s Grotto at St. Enoch Centre in the heart of Glasgow city centre. The firm also provided the backstage buns for X Factor judges including Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell during the show’s auditions in Glasgow in 2009 and 2010. 
Bradfords were apparently most famous for their pineapple soufflé and empire biscuits.