A third generation family bakery, with its roots in Lochore, Fife.
The Story of Bayne's
Our story begins in 1908, with the upbringing of a young boy called John Bayne, living on a small farm near Kinross.
Times were tough, and he and his three siblings were expected to work before and after school, often being late for classes.
As time went on the coal industry developed, and there was an opportunity to supply good quality meat to the local mining community. So, in 1921, John and his brother Bill started selling beef in the Lochore area, and soon after they set up their first butcher shop in Glencraig.
John worked hard and was always striving to do better, and he spotted an opportunity to buy the nearby bakery to make steak pies for the miners. From the start he operated a sound set of principles. He was very efficient, set high standards and treated people with respect. He ensured the shops he ran were modern and kept to high standards, and that the meat sold was good value.
He went on to build a large business, which included 8 butcher shops and 20 mobile butcher vans. Sadly John’s life was cut short due to ill health.
His son, Stanley, took over the company in 1964, following in his father’s footsteps.
Stanley realised that butcher shops were under pressure from supermarkets, so he put his efforts into expanding the bakery side of the business, growing the company from 2 shops to 64 today.
Our main bakery is still in Lochore, just round the corner from the original site. All the products are made here, before being delivered to our shops across central Scotland.
Today and beyond
Much may have changed since John Bayne Snr started out, but the customer is always at the heart of what we do.
The bakery is now run by Stanley and his son John, and we are pleased to say that there is a fourth generation of Bayne’s waiting in the wings to grow our business into the future.