Mimi’s Bakehouse recently won the Scottish Baker of Year Award. 

Since opening in 2010, Mimi’s has built up its reputation for its cakes and afternoon tea. The business expanded from its Leith base on The Shore to three further sites in Corstorphine, Edinburgh City Art Centre and The Royal Mile. 

During the UK lockdown, the business temporarily closed its doors and moved online. 

“We started in 2010 in the last recession!” sayid co-owner, Scott Clearie. “So we’re used to operating under difficult circumstances.” 

“Recently, we pivoted to offer locals a home delivery or contactless takeaway service. We also diversified our menu too moving from a full breakfast and lunch to pies-on- the-go,” says Scott. 

“During lockdown, we moved to cashless only using an iZettle Reader to accept payments in-store.

“We ask customers to pay via contactless where possible as it is quick and more hygienic. Simply tap the iZettle Reader and payments go through in a matter of seconds.” 

Mimi’s is now operating online, for takeaways or alfresco and indoor eating at Leith, Corstorphine and the Royal Mile.

“All of our sites will be taking part in the governments ‘Eat Out to Help Out” scheme and will be offering 50% off for sit in customers mon-wed through August.”

Scott concluded: “This has undoubtedly been the most challenging time for the hospitality industry. I’m proud of the way the industry and Edinburgh brands in particular have adapted, finding other ways to continue trading during these difficult times. Moving forward I hope that the hospitality industry can keep some of that and move towards new ways of working.”