The duo behind the success of Breer Pie Co will open their first cafe

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The dynamic sibling duo behind Aberdeenshire’s Breer Pie Co are opening a new cafe and lifestyle store this summer.

Dale and Jodie Barbour, who unveiled their pie business to the masses in August 2020, will welcome Brae to the Chapelton community in June.

The brand has continued to grow at an exceptional rate since its inception, with the siblings now producing up to 300 pies on average a week in their kitchen in Blackburn, Aberdeenshire.

One of the company pies. Photo credit: Jonathan Addie Photography

Dale, 31, and Jodie, 32,’s long-term plan has always been to develop and run a cafe where they “could create a community around good food”.

When the opportunity presented itself to settle in the prosperous town, located near Stonehaven, they seized it.

Brae will have a seating capacity of 22 indoors with additional outdoor seating and will offer a variety of freshly prepared items including homemade pastries and soups.

‘In the right place at the right time’

Dale, who currently resides in Aberdeen, and Jodie were approached in February about available space in Chapelton.

Having been a regular vendor at Chapelton Farmers Markets for the past two years, the siblings got to know the friendly faces behind the Elsick development team and immediately knew this was a perfect fit.

Jodie, from Durris, said: “Finding the perfect premises to take the next step and advance our long-term plans was always going to be key.

The siblings are regulars at several northeast farmers’ markets. Photo credit: Jonathan Addie Photography

“We were approached in February and it was a case of right place, right time for us – stars aligned – as the call came the same week I had handed in my notice at work.

“Dale and I thought this was a great opportunity and felt that our vision could really complement the current offerings of other businesses already based in Chapelton and create a welcoming community space for all to enjoy.”

Other community-based food and beverage businesses include:

Dale added: “We at Breer Pie Co have loved the collaborations with like-minded local businesses and hope to expand that to Brae.”

Artist’s impression of the exterior.
The space will have a capacity of 22 with additional outdoor seating.

Highland Beef and Beer, Macaroni Cheese and Stornoway Black Pudding, and Aberdeenshire Sausage and Ingram Smoked Bean are among the Breer Pie Co flavors released to date.

Brae

Dale and Jodie immediately got to work bringing their vision for Brae to life after receiving the keys.

The family intends to do the renovations themselves.

“Like Breer Pie Co, Brae will be a family effort,” says Jodie.

“Dale develops the menu, our sister Haley tests cakes and pastries, Mom takes care of decorating and supplies furniture and equipment, and Dad builds our new counter, window seats and retail space at retail.

Homemade granola will be available at Brae.

“We expect early delivery. Our plan is to open at the end of June, everything is going as planned.

“We hope to make the most of the summer weather and will have outdoor seating and hopefully our liquor license shortly after opening. It will be the perfect sunny spot for a glass of vino and appetizers.

They will give a clean and fresh touch to a traditional interior with paneling, woolen fabric, cool neutral tones, a palette of earthy greens, dusky pinks and whites complemented by reclaimed wood furniture.

The look is inspired by the modern traditional design of the city.

Artist’s impression of the interior.

The menu

The siblings are looking to hire two or three staff members to run the cafe and lifestyle store.

As for the menu, Brae customers can expect homemade granola, preserves and sweet treats, as well as fresh salads, soup, sourdough toast and deli sandwiches.

Menu items include:

  • Cheddar, kimchi and basil with garlic butter, Leicester red sausage and jalapeno sourdough toast
  • Classic Chocolate Fudge Brownies
  • Raspberry, blueberry and lime cake
A sourdough toast.

Dale and Jodie will also have a mix of local produce and items from their own menu for sale in the lifestyle store.

Jodie went on to say, “It was always a dream and it is now becoming a reality.

“I am thrilled to bring together all of our beautiful dining experiences and beautiful products, as well as showcasing Dale’s talents as a chef, as he will have the freedom to change menus and the flexibility to create new recipes, products and dishes.

Dale added, “We look forward to welcoming everyone to enjoy the space and our menu.”


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