Black pudding is one of our favourite things at Knockderry, but not just any black pudding – we love Stornoway Black Pudding, which is protected by a Geographical Indicator. The popularity of Stornoway Black Pudding meant many other producers were using the name to sell black pudding that was not in line with the techniques and recipes cultivated over many years in the region, and after a long battle, Stornoway Black Pudding became a protected item in 2006.
Here at Knockderry, we use Charles M. Macleod’s black pudding, which has been produced on the Isle of Lewis for several generations. Charles M. Macleod’s middle name was Menendez, which is a rather unusual middle name for a Lewisman! His father, Murdo Macleod (no relation to our own!) went to work on a Patagonian sheep farm in South America, and on his return to Scotland, he was asked by his employer to include his last name in the naming of his first-born son. Thus Charles Menendez Macleod was born. Macleod is the most common name on the Isle of Lewis, so Charles M. Macleod was known as Charlie Barley, a name that is still used in the selling of their black pudding today.
Interestingly, Macleod is not only the most common last name on the Isle of Lewis, but also amongst the team at Knockderry House. Between the owners and one of our team members Liam Macleod, who is no relation to Beth and Murdo, we understand Charles’ difficulty!
We love Stornoway black pudding so much, we include it in all of our menus. It features on our breakfast menu in both the Traditional Scottish breakfast and in our Highlander’s breakfast. One of our most popular evening starters is our Stornoway Black Pudding and Ham Hock dish, which is served with textures of onion. We are currently developing our seasonal lunch menu, which will launch on the 17th of March, and of course it will include Stornoway Black Pudding! Our chefs are hard at work designing a homemade pork pie, full of delicious pork, apple and Stornoway Black Pudding.
We are passionate about Scottish produce, and where better to start than with a slice of black pudding in the morning? Join us for a bite to eat and discover for yourself what we love about Stornoway Black Pudding!