The Hebridean Food Company
Not open to the public.
- Website hebrideanfoodcompany.co.uk
The son of a lobster fisherman and grandson of a sheep crofter, Douglas Stewart is well acquainted with the land and sea of his North Uist home, and the quality of the food they produce. In his mid twenties, the graduate of the Scottish Agricultural College set up the Hebridean Food Company in 2014 to make the beef, lamb and shellfish of the Outer Hebrides available to a wider UK market. Across the seasons, blackface lamb and pedigree Highland beef is moved between the machair grasslands of the uninhabited tidal island of Vallay and the heather grazing of North Uist, a traditional, low-impact, semi-wild system of stock management that’s unique to its Hebridean location and apparent in the cooking and eating qualities of the meat. The slow grown beef, typically three years old at slaughter, is hung for three to four weeks, while the lamb is given two weeks hanging. The meat, soon to be complemented by wild venison from the Uist estates, is sold alongside creel-caught lobster and langoustine sold live or cooked, as well as crab, scallops, oysters and mussels. Stewart attends food fairs and festivals across the UK, including regular farmers markets in Perth, Stirling and Haddington, and sells directly online with delivery anywhere in the UK for £7.95 per order.
- Open since: 2014