Jack and Joanna Doyle spotted the opportunity to take over the derelict local post office in 2006, turning it into the bright and friendly café it is today.
Jack said: “I’ve lived in the area for 27 years and at the time, Joanna and I were looking for a change.
“I was working for a major brewers and Joanna was working in hotel management and catering.
“We’ve always wanted to run a café that centred around ‘good honest healthy baking’, so we gave up the day job to train to become full-time bakers.”
Doyle’s café has a loyal local following.
Joanna said: “The fact that we’re still going strong, is testament to our success.
“Locals know what they like and it’s comfort food.
“That’s what we do best!
“We take the raw ingredients and turn them into something special.
“We’re known locally for being great bakers.”
Bread and home baking are the café’s main fayre.
Jack said: “Everyday we’re up early baking bread and cakes – including our much-loved ciabatta.
“Our handmade pizzas and sharing platters are also very popular.
“We use Scottish produce wherever possible. All our fruit and vegetables are provided by ‘France Farm’ in nearby Gartocharn.”
Being part of and supporting the community is important to the couple.
Jack said: “We’re heavily involved in the local community.
“Helping provide food for local carers, teaching primary school children the value of healthy, fresh made food by making fresh pizza with them and providing food and sponsorship for the Balfron 10K.”
80 Buchanan Street