Charles Macleod Ltd from Stornoway and Isle of Harris distillery from Tarbert are exhibiting their produce at a UK Government reception in London today [Thursday 30 November] as part of a ‘Taste of Scotland’ celebration at the Scotland Office.

Scotland Office Minister Lord Duncan will host today’s reception at Dover House where hundreds of influential guests, including foreign dignitaries, ambassadors and MPs, will be welcomed by a bagpiper and enjoy a range of unique Scottish goods.

UK Government Minister for Scotland Lord Duncan said: “St Andrew’s Day is the perfect opportunity to open the doors of Dover House and showcase the finest that Scotland has to offer, giving our guests a true experience of our world-class produce.

“I am delighted to welcome Charles Macleod and Harris Gin to be part of the celebrations. This is an excellent opportunity for politicians and ambassadors from around the world to sample their fantastic black pudding and gin – and in turn spread the word about unique Scottish produce in key markets.”

The full list of companies attending is;

Charles Macleod – Stornoway Black Pudding and haggis

Harris Gin – Isle of Harris distillery

Loch Fyne Seafood - Argyll

Barwheys Dairy - Ayrshire

Mackays of Dundee – Tayside Orange Marmalade

Tunnock’s – Glasgow

Edinburgh Gin – Edinburgh distillery

Supernature Oils – Midlothian cold pressed rapeseed oils

Walkers – Aberdeenshire shortbread

AG Barr – supplying Irn Bru and Strathmore Water

R&B Distillers – Raasay/Borders Whisky

Edinburgh Beer Factory – Edinburgh Brewery

And UK Prime Minister Theresa May said in a St Andrew’s Message: “Scotland has a special place at the heart of our precious union of nations.

“And today, on St Andrew’s Day, it is right that we should come together to celebrate everything that Scotland stands for and all that Scotland contributes to our United Kingdom and to the whole world.

“For that is the breadth of Scotland’s influence.

“ From the creativity and ingenuity of Edinburgh’s Festivals, three of which celebrated their 70th anniversary this year as some of the world’s greatest arts events - to Dr Richard Henderson who has become the 14th Scot to be awarded the Nobel Prize.

“From the UK’s life-saving humanitarian efforts co-ordinated from East Kilbride to the factory in Falkirk making iconic double-decker buses that are sold to Mexico City.

“From Scotland’s defence industry, making world-leading warships on the Clyde, to Scottish food and drink enjoyed the world over.

“And I am proud that as Prime Minister of our United Kingdom, the government I lead is committed to doing everything possible to support Scotland’s continued success.

“That includes investing over £1 billion in City Deals that have backed projects from five new technology innovation hubs and the new concert venue in Edinburgh, to the V&A opening in Dundee next year.

“And it is that partnership between all the nations of the United Kingdom that makes us even stronger.

“So today, let us take confidence from the contribution that Scotland will make in helping the United Kingdom to secure a bold, confident and prosperous future as a truly global nation.

“And to all Scots, wherever you are in the world today, I wish you all a very happy St Andrew’s Day."

Link to video message: https://youtu.be/KOqvMj_Nhr0

Footage from the UK Government’s #GlobalStAndrews campaign, is on: https://we.tl/x9aBpiovlw