Welcome to The Orchard – our family run businesses, found in the centre of Biggar’s High Street.
The Orchard has been part of the family since 2007, as we decided when the traditional greengrocers became available that it was time for a change from Ranald’s career in agriculture. Over the last thirteen years the business has evolved to have more of a delicatessen feel, as we have significantly increased the range of fine foods that we stock – sourcing many of our products from small, independent producers.
Throughout our journey, we have always jested about the need for elastic walls, to make space for our ever-expanding product range. So, when the opportunity to take on the neighbouring bakery premises arose in 2011, we snapped it up – allowing us to open “Biggar Flavour”. We saw this as a fantastic opportunity to expand our business, in a manner that complimented what we were already doing with our range of Biggar Flavour Preserves. At this time Jane stepped away from her career in pharmacy to focus on our business.
We closed the retail bakery at the end of June 2019 but have continued to bake behind the scenes in the kitchen, producing a range of traybakes, cakes and biscuits which are now available in The Orchard. We have also added a range of packed oatcakes, shortbread and biscuits for retail and inclusion in our hampers. We were delighted to be awarded four Great Taste Awards for them in 2020, with a further five awards in 2021.
Our latest innovation in 2021 are our “Sunshine Boxes” which can be sent around the UK or collected in store. Our Letterbox of Sunshine changes each week and are a selection of traybakes, brownies and biscuits. Our Biggar Boxes of Sunshine contain our award winning oatcakes, shortbread, preserves and traybakes or biscuits. We now even have Savoury Boxes of Sunshine available for those without a sweet tooth!
Our ethos is to provide you with a wide range of high quality produce and excellent customer service. We are passionate about food – including both the produce we make and the raw ingredients we source to allow you to get creative in the kitchen. Everything we produce is made from scratch using high quality ingredients and we endeavour to cater for a range of dietary requirements.
We also strive to achieve excellent customer service and are incredibly grateful of our wonderful team of staff. In the Orchard Hazel, Liz, May, Chantelle and Sue provide friendly personal service; while Malcolm undertakes our deliveries come rain, snow or shine. In Biggar Flavour Jane and Hazel work behind the scenes to produce all the tempting treats we have available in The Orchard. We are always happy to try to source or answer questions about ingredients
Biggar is a small Lanarkshire town, which you can reach within one hour from Edinburgh or Glasgow. The town boasts a wide range of award winning, independently owned businesses including: grocers, restaurants and boutique shops. Biggar also has a rich history which can be explored in the town’s museums; and you should be sure to visit the Cadger’s Brig from which, it is told that, William Wallace spied upon the English Army.
Nestled within the southern uplands, Biggar comes into view while climbing Tinto, Culter Fell or the Broughton Heights; and is a convenient stop for some refreshment during a day of rambling.
Biggar is also perfect for a Family day out: home to “Pips and Panda” – which regularly put on a show at the Puppet theatre. There are also two parks – the Burn Braes and Public Park – which are ideal for picnics; and provide lots of fun whether you have children or are just a big kid yourself.
The town is also host to a number of annual events including Vintage Car Rallies, the Biggar Agricultural Show and the Biggar Gala Day. In October each year, The Biggar Little Festival showcases both local and national talents; offering a wide range of events featuring music, drama, comedy, literature, arts and crafts.
Biggar is also one of the best places in Scotland to “bring in the bells” on Hogmanay, with the annual bonfire taking place in the town centre. The enormous pile of wood can be seen accumulating from the beginning of December.
Whether visiting for the day or a short break, you’ll find plenty of ways to fill your time – let us at The Orchard & Biggar Flavour fill your bellies!