From the Outer Hebrides to Our Hampers

by Alice 9. August 2014 00:03

Every one of Stag Bakeries’ delicious, handmade treats braves an ocean crossing before being delivered to us here on the mainland.

They were already widely respected for their delicious water biscuits before they came up with the idea of putting Hebridean seaweed into the mix.

And because the company believes in locally-sourced goods, the blend of local seaweed they use has a taste that can only be found in the waters near Lewis.

General Manager Alasdair Maclean explained the thought behind this novel idea:

“We tried to do something that could not be replicated by anyone else, and by using ingredients that are unique to the island we feel as though we’ve accomplished that”.

Stag Bakeries is very proud to serve Lewis as an important part of the local community. A good example of this is that a large proportion of the island population is employed there, often joining as young, eager workers and going on to become highly skilled bakers.

To further serve the community, two mobile bakeries, are driven throughout the island, taking with them batches of fresh bread and rolls just as the morning sun rises. 

Traditional delights such as crumbly shortbread, yummy oatcakes and sweet butterscotch cake are also lovingly crafted inside the bakery walls.

These are of such high quality that they are exported all over the globe, even as far as a small artisan store opposite the Bolshoi Theatre in Russia.

Not a thing Stag Bakeries craft is available in supermarkets, as they believe in creating smaller batches of extremely high quality goods. 

This quality was made evident when in 2013 they won a Great Taste Award for Best Speciality Product for their seaweed water biscuits - and you’ll certainly realise why once you taste them.

It is with great pleasure that we stock Stag Bakeries’ produce in our artisan hampers, as we know you’ll love them every bit as much as we do.


The Island Bakery

by Alice 6. June 2014 18:05

A floating paradise off Scotland’s west coast, Mull is a haven for wildlife spotters, hill walkers and, more recently, biscuit lovers!


Founded in 2001, Island Bakery has been producing small batches of organic biscuits ever since.



Described by founder, Dawn Reade, as ‘pure organic indulgence’, the biscuit baking process is even powered using local woodchip and hydro-electricity…talk about feel good and taste good!


Traditional with a twist, Dawn wanted their biscuit recipes to be organic yet indulgent:


“How the biscuits taste is the most important thing which is why we’ve developed fun recipes like apple crumble and chocolate limes.

“At the time, organic biscuits had a reputation of being packed full of good stuff but not very tasty. We made it our mission to change this which is why Island Bakery biscuits are made with organic goodness but are indulgent too…every biscuit should be a little bit indulgent!”

More recently, Island Bakery’s packaging has undergone something of a facelift. Decorated with quirky, fun characters which express the unique personality of Mull, Dawn explains what inspired their rebrand:


“We want every Island Bakery biscuit to be a taste of Mull. Our packaging should be no different! There are so many reasons for visiting the island and so many characters you meet along the way, we wanted to share them with the world and our biscuit boxes seemed the perfect place to do this.”

Lovely as an accompaniment to a cup of tea or coffee, Island Bakery biscuits can also be used as a delicious ingredient in a host of recipes, as Dawn explains:


“My personal favourite is using Lemon Melts as a base for a yummy lemon cheesecake. I’ve also had customers say they like to add our Apple Crumbles to natural yoghurt topped with fruit compote. For the ultimate ‘cheat recipe’, use our Chocolate Gingers as a key ingredient in homemade tiffin; the unexpected ginger kick always creates a talking point!”


To whet your taste buds even more, take a look at Dawn’s biscuits as part of our artisan range.