They’ve already tickled the tastebuds of local foodies and Royalty alike with their gourmet Scotch Eggs.
And now David and Christine Laing of The Clucking Pig Company have scooped a major national award after being named as ‘Best Game Farmers’ Market Stall, including Street Food’ at a glittering London ceremony at the prestigious Eat Game Awards last week.
The popular Teesside foodies were one of just eleven winners chosen by the public from almost 4,000 national nominees at the Awards – an annual celebration of wild British produce – and the Scotch Egg specialists bagged the huge accolade after wowing the voting public with their range of Venison and Mixed Game best-sellers, including Pheasant, Wild Yorkshire Rabbit, Wood Pigeon and Partridge.
Public nominations had initially placed David and Christine firmly on a top-ten shortlist of market stallholders drawn from all over the UK, before a national public vote saw them emerge as clear winners at the awards evening hosted by BBC Countryfile presenter Adam Henson and former JLS singer turned farmer JB Gill.
David and Christine are popular figures at a host of great foodie events across Teesside, the North East, Durham and North Yorkshire, including Saltburn Farmers’ Market, Saltburn Food Festival, Stokesley Farmers’ Market and Middlesbrough’s Orange Pip Market.
And they were even invited along to Buckingham Palace last year, where Prince Andrew, the Queen’s personal chef and assorted royal staff all enjoyed tucking into their hugely popular scotch eggs.
Now back at home near Redcar after a whirlwind few days in London, David said: “It’s just a fantastic feeling to win this award, especially with the winners being decided directly by the public.
“We only use the best locally sourced game and free-range meat from trusted suppliers, and all our eggs are made right here in Redcar. So the award will now take pride of place on our stall for all to see – it truly is a case of The Mighty Redcar!”
Christine said: “We love meeting so many people at Markets right across the region – Saltburn, Stokesley, Orange Pip, The Festival of Thrift and lots more besides, and we’d like to thank all our customers who took the time to vote for us.
“The awards ceremony was an amazing night, Adam and JB were absolutely lovely, and we’re now looking forward to thanking everyone at all the various markets and events throughout the autumn.”
• Pictured above: BBC Countryfile presenter Adam Henson, centre, with Christine & David Laing at the Eat Game Awards ceremony in London.