Local business, The Clucking Pig Company, have taken their gourmet scotch eggs all the way to Buckingham Palace to be tasted by the Duke of York and the Queen’s chef.

The company, owned by David and Christine Laing and based near Marske, were invited to the palace after impressing Prince Andrew at a ‘Pitch at the Palace’ event in Sunderland in January.

In Sunderland they were presented with an ‘Entrepreneur of the Week’ award and were later astounded when they received the invite to take their scotch eggs to the Palace.

David Laing said:

“The Buckingham Palace trip was surreal say the least! We were invited through the front entrance and given a private audience with palace staff, the Duke of York and then the Queen’s personal chef. It was an amazing experience and we are so glad we had the opportunity to showcase our gourmet scotch eggs to such a distinguished audience. The Duke and the chef were really impressed.”

David and Christine travelled down to London again this week, visiting the Houses of Parliament and showcasing their eggs at a ‘Taste of Yorkshire’ event. Whilst there they met up with Redcar MP Anna Turley who was keen to hear all about their royal success.

Anna said:

“I was proud to welcome The Clucking Pig Company and their scotch eggs to Parliament and to hear from David and Christine about their visit to the Palace. They run a fantastic local business selling delicious handmade scotch eggs, all sourced locally and free range. It is great to see them receive national recognition.

David and Christine were invited back to a Pitch at the Palace event at Nottingham University last week. They also received a Small Business Sunday Award earlier this year, presented by Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis.

The Clucking Pig trades at local farmers’ markets and food festivals, including Saltburn Farmers’ Market. More information can be found online at www.thecluckingpig.com.