Stornoway’s iconic bakery business, Stag Bakeries, is asking for the support of devoted customers as it pits its products against the best in the business once again.

Stag is entering the Scottish Baker of the Year Competition for 2020, after winning three awards, including Wholesale Baker of the Year, in the 2019 awards.

The bakery can enter up to 10 of its products for consideration in the various categories of award and intends to include its legendary plain loaf once again. The loaf was last year named Best Bread in Scotland and is clearly a customer favourite – when a technical fault stopped production in August the resulting plain loaf drought was labelled “a disaster” by devoted customers.

One award that general manager Kathryn Graham dearly wants to see come to the islands is the Customer Choice Award for best baker. Voting opened for that category on 12 February and is available online at https://bakeroftheyear.scot/vote/2020/stag-bakeries-ltd

Kathryn said: “Stag Bakeries would love the support of our fantastic customers near and far to be named Scotland's top bakery. This would mean the world to all the team at Stag and would also be a fantastic achievement for the Western Isles.

“In the product categories, we have also entered products from our bread to our cakes and biscuits, and we hope to build on the amazing success of our plain loaf which currently holds title of Best Bread in Scotland.”

Only one vote per customer is allowed and voting closes on Friday 13 March. For the individual bakery products entered, judging by a panel of independent expert judges is in Dunfermline on Wednesday 25 March and the award winners will be announced at a lunch on Friday 8 May. Judging is in three regions, with bronze, silver and gold awards in each category and regional winners shortlisted for the national prizes.

Pictures show the Stornoway premises of Stag Bakeries and the famous plain loaf, Best Bread in Scotland 2019 (Stag Bakeries).