New Stornoway Seaweed Water Biscuit wins two Speciality Food Awards

Taking the Best Scottish Speciality award was Stag Bakery. L-R: Stephanie Pritchard (Scotland Food and Drink); Kathryn Graham and Jenny Burton (Stag Bakery) and John Farrand (MD Guild of Fine Food).
Taking the Best Scottish Speciality award was Stag Bakery. L-R: Stephanie Pritchard (Scotland Food and Drink); Kathryn Graham and Jenny Burton (Stag Bakery) and John Farrand (MD Guild of Fine Food).
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A new savoury biscuit made by Stag Bakeries of Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, has walked away with two top awards at the Great Taste Awards, the world’s largest food awards scheme.

The Stornoway Water Biscuit with Hebridean Seaweed won the Great Taste Golden Fork Award for Best Scottish Speciality at the awards dinner which took place on Monday evening (September 9th) at the Royal Garden Hotel, London.

The Stornoway Water Biscuit with Seaweed also won a new award – the Nigel Barden Heritage Award which was established to recognise a producer using heritage or rare breed ingredients.

Food & Drink Presenter Nigel Barden was especially impressed to see that several varieties of Hebridean seaweed were used by Stag Bakeries in a traditional recipe which reflects the Isle of Lewis and its coastal heritage.

This is a phenomenal achievement for the bakery following a record number of almost 10,000 entries to this year’s Great Taste Awards.

The Stornoway Water Biscuit with Hebridean Seaweed is made at Stag’s Bakery on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides and was only launched in July after the Bakery set out to create a range with provenance and, because of their location, it naturally had to incorporate a taste of the sea.

Each mouthful transports you to the ocean. The water biscuits are made using a blend of red, green and brown seaweed that is sustainably sourced from the Isle’s sea lochs and the Atlantic Ocean and also includes a sprinkling of Hebridean Sea Salt.

Seaweed is recognised as having many health benefits and the hand-baked biscuit is natural and does not contain any artificial additives or preservatives.

The Seaweed Water Biscuit works well with many accompaniments and provides the perfect foil for a selection of cheeses.

Judges at the Great Taste Awards which included top buyers from Harrods and Fortnum & Mason suggested that the biscuit would be “wonderful with Smoked Salmon or Eel and we think excellent with blue cheese”.

Being a Scottish bakery, the water biscuits have also been tested by whisky experts who have confirmed they complement a ‘dram’ of peaty malts and also sweeter Highland / Speyside whisky’s.

The Stag Bakeries range is available from independent retail stores, cheesemongers, farm shops and delicatessens.

The Seaweed Water Biscuit is priced at £2.39 for a 125g pack.

As well as the Water Biscuit, Stag Bakeries has created a Stornoway Seaweed Oatcake and Seaweed Shortbread to complete the range.