Three Lewis businesses are celebrating today (Wednesday September 18th) after hearing news that their products have been awarded one of this year’s Great Taste Awards.

Great Taste, organised by the Guild of Fine Food, is the acknowledged benchmark for fine food and drink.

It has been described as the ‘Oscars’ of the food world and the Great Taste logo gives food-lovers a sign to trust when buying quality food and
drink.

Charlie Barleys, under their formal name as Charles Macleod Butchers received no less than three of the tasty endorsements – two stars for their iconic black pudding and a simply delicious one-star award for both their white pudding and haggis.

A spokesperson said: “We are thrilled to have received Great Taste Awards for our black pudding, white pudding and haggis this year - a great honour to belong to such a prestigious group of products!”

Uig Lodge Smoked Salmon has received a star for their hand-sliced side of salmon and Stag Bakeries Cajun Water Biscuits have also earned them a star. The light, crisp water-biscuits have a balanced bite and a warm flavour using Cajun spice.

A spokesman for Stag Bakeries said: “We’re delighted to have won a star for a new product introduced in 2019. It keeps our run going of winning a Great Taste Award every year since 2002 and we are very pleased that the judges enjoyed the product.”

The awards were decided after over 500 judges came together at 75 judging days from March through to early July. 12,772 products were rated, with 1,326 foods grabbing two stars and 3,409 awarded a one-star stamp.