Margaret and Andrew took over The Smithy in January 2018 having been customers for the previous 14 years. Read more about them below.
Who we are
Margaret has always had a passion for food and has worked in food development for McCormick Spices, Greencore, McCain Foods and latterly as head of Food Innovation at ASDA and is a trained chef. Margaret does all of the baking and you will usually see her at the front of house making sure that every thing is running smoothly and everyone that comes to visit us is as comfortable as possible. Andrew is an Accountant by training and ran his own Accountancy practice but has always had a keen interest in food and cooking and loves to try new foods and cuisines.
We aim to offer a relaxing atmosphere where you can come and enjoy good food and good company in a beautiful rural setting next to the Mill Burn in the smallest Royal Burgh in Scotland. We want all of our customers to have the experience at The Smithy that we would want to have ourselves.
Where possible we try to use local suppliers to cut down on food miles and keep our ingredients as fresh as possible. As a keen gardener Andrew is aiming to produce fresh fruit and vegetables from the garden at the back of The Smithy. We look forward to the future of The Smithy and what it holds for us and our customers!
Dumfries and Galloway
Our local area and Scotland in general is blessed to have some fantastic producers and where possible we aim to use them as much as possible. This we hope helps to support the local economy and reduces our transport miles.
All our bread is sourced locally, our eggs are from local hens, we use Scottish milk, butter, Cheddar and cream, our bacon is from Ayrshire and haggis from Dumfries. We use local chutney, ice cream and our sparkling fruit juices are from Fife.
Mitchell’s of Castle Douglas
Jim at Mitchells supplies the majority of our fruit, veg, eggs and dairy produce come rain or shine and even snow! They are a distributor for Graham’s the Family Dairy supplying us with their Scottish milk, butter and cream.
Express Bakery is a multi-award winning family owned bakery in the beautiful south west of Scotland. All of our rolls and bread (except gluten free) is supplied by Express.
Galloway Quality Meats
Established for nearly 40 years Galloway Quality Meats supply most of our fresh meat including fresh beef, lamb, pork, hams and haggis. Their products are always of the highest quality and the haggis always gets highly positive feedback from our customers.
Thomson’s Food Service
Established in 1987, Thomson’s Food service remains a family owned supplier of high quality products to the food service industry.
Brodies of Musselburgh
For 150 years, the name Brodies has been synonymous with the finest tea and coffee blends from around the world. Founded in Edinburgh in 1867 the company continues to this day on the quest for the very best, from plantations and tea gardens across the globe. After an extensive tasting session we selected the Cotopaxi beans from Brodies for our barista range of coffees and their Famous Edinburgh Tea as it is specially blended for Scottish water.
Fior Drinks, Fife
From their base in in the heart of The Kingdom of Fife, Scotland, Fior Fruits work tirelessly to source the most succulent fresh fruit juice and the tastiest infusions to make their deliciously refreshing pure fruit juices, pressés and cans
Hidden Fruit & Veg
Hidden Veg supply us with our salad leaves and other vegetables when in season. They are are Abi and Bruce and run a small market garden which is less than 5 miles from the Smithy. Bruce often brings the salad to us on his ebike. They use agro-ecological methods, growing in harmony with nature, looking after our souls and ecosystems.
New Galloway Community Shop
New Galloway Community Enterprise Ltd is a community benefit society owned by it’s members. All profits are reinvested into the village community.