By Jane Hall, Chronicle Live
Gourmet Scotch eggs produced by David and Christine Laing are popular in the North East but have also tempted royal tastebuds.
You do believe David Laing when he says: “I never would have believed it in a million years!”
He’s referring to his homemade gourmet Scotch eggs impressing the Queen’s personal chef at Buckingham Palace.
It’s not an everyday occurrence. But then there’s been nothing ordinary about David and wife Christine’s route to BP, either.
The husband and wife team behind Marske-based The Clucking Pig Company temporarily swapped Teesside for Wearside earlier this year when they were invited to take part in a networking event at Sunderland University attended by Prince Andrew.
David recalls: “Prince Andrew spotted us at our stall, walked over and had a chat. Two days later he named us as his Entrepreneur of the Week and ordered some of our eggs to be delivered direct to his home for a dinner party in Windsor.”
As a result, David and Christine were asked to exhibit their gourmet snacks at an exposition running alongside a special Pitch@Palace 7.0 Boot Camp in Nottingham.
This is a UK-wide initiative set up in 2014 by Prince Andrew to guide entrepreneurs and connect them with potential supporters.
The Clucking Pig was one of a number of mainly Nottingham-based food and drink firms showcasing their wares for the 350 Pitch@Palace guests to sample...