Friday, March 11 2022


Celebrity chef James Martin will be bringing some stardom to Braehead Shopping Centre this week with a special appearance at SpudULike.

The famed chef and TV presenter, well known for his award-winning show James Martin’s Saturday Morning, will be visiting the much-loved jacket potato restaurant to meet staff and customers on Friday.

James’ lifelong passion for cooking, food and outstanding ingredients led him to join forces with Albert Bartlett to launch SpudULike by James Martin in October last year. And now the telly personality is set to do a whistlestop tour of some of his UK venues.

James Martin said: “I’m really excited to visit the SpudULike team at Braehead Shopping Centre this week to see them in action. It’s a great opportunity to mingle with staff and customers and to really get a feel for the place – a venture I’m so proud to be a part of. SpudULike has been baking delicious potatoes for almost 50 years now, so I was delighted to come on board last year to take the jacket potato to a whole new level. With toppings such as BBQ Pork Ribs, Bad Boy Hot Dogs and Chickpea Daal, there really is something for every taste on offer in our stores. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!”

Leading potato brand Albert Bartlett acquired ten of the SpudULike sites in 2019 with locations in Bridgend; Dartford (Bluewater Shopping Centre), Glasgow (Braehead Shopping Centre), Leeds, Livingston, Manchester (Intu Trafford Centre), Plymouth, Mansfield, Norwich (Chapelfield) and York. The new look and collaboration, in partnership with James Martin, was rolled out in October 2021.

Award-winning chef James Martin, who has cooked in Michelin star establishments, first frequented our screens on The Big Breakfast and Ready Steady Cook before presenting BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen for over ten years. James Martin’s Saturday Morning has been going strong since 2017 where guests visit his home to whip up some delicious recipes from simple starters and hearty family meals to more indulgent dishes. Also a regular on This Morning, some of his other endeavours include James Martin’s Great British Adventure and Islands to Highlands. Some of James’ best-selling cook books include Home Comforts and most recently, Butter. He has now turned his hand to SpudULike with the aim of transforming the humble baked spud.

Michael Jarvis, Head of Marketing at Albert Bartlett, added: “Having James Martin on board for SpudULike has been an honour and his creativity has taken the menu in an exciting new direction. James’ trip to SpudULike at Braehead Shopping Centre will be a great event and we’d encourage anyone who is shopping between 12pm and 1pm this Friday to pop in and say hello. And of course, grab a delicious baked potato while you’re in – when it comes to our spuds we don’t mess around.”

SpudULike by James Martin offers a range of tasty and imaginative toppings such as Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese as well as Peri Peri Wings.