Digby Chick in Stornoway have just been awarded the prestigious Good Food Award for 2020.

Over the last twelve months the restaurant on 5 Bank Street has been evaluated for customer feedback and the Good Food Award citation says: “These premises have demonstrated exceptional levels of food quality, service and value when compared to our industry benchmarks in their category.

Stornoway publisher Acair has achieved a huge endorsement of the quality of their catalogue of works, with two nominations for the most prestigious awards in the Scottish literary calendar.

The Saltire Society Scotland announced their shortlists for all categories of books at an event at Waterstones bookshop in Edinburgh on Friday October 25th. 

Acair’s general manager Agnes Rennie was there to hear news that two recent publications by the island publishing house are among those shortlisted in different categories.

The Scottish Salmon Company, one of the Outer Hebrides biggest private-sector employers, has been acquired by a firm in the Faroe Islands in a £516m deal.

Bakkafrost is reported to be taking a 69% shareholding in the Edinburgh-based company from the current majority owner, the private equity firm Northern Link. The stake is valued at £356m and the offer will trigger a mandatory offer for the remaining equity.

Chef George Lavery will be cooking in Stornoway this winter.

For some people, those who have already eaten in the multi-award-winning North Harbour Bistro on the isle of Scalpay, that news will be enough.

All they will need to know is where…and that’s the Park Guest House, on James Street, where the bistro’s delicious menu for the festive season will be available every weekend from Friday December 6th to 31st. 


Three Lewis businesses are celebrating on 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, 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.

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!”