Supplier Stories – Hawkshead Relish Jams and Chutneys
Mark and Maria Whitehead ventured upon the Lake District in the late seventies; inevitably they were captivated by the beautiful area as well as one another and together settled in the idyllic village of Hawkshead starting a family whilst running a small bustling café serving the community and the many visitors to the area.
Nestled neatly between Ambleside and Coniston, Hawkshead renowned as the home of Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth (in his formative years) formed the perfect setting for traditionally homemade Lakeland fayre.
Hawkshead Relish bubbled into reality in early 1999 when a small selection of chutneys were cooked up with Mark’s creative flare to enhance the cafes rustic menu. A range of 6 preserves completed the ensemble giving the dishes that extra savoury embellishment which tantalised the taste buds of the discerning diners.
By 2003 the café was closed to allow the space needed for the ever growing demand, now country wide. With a range now exceeding 50 products, Hawkshead Relish had established itself as an exciting new culinary concept.
2005 provided the pinnacle when presented with ‘Speciality Producer of the Year’, by the Guild of Fine Food Retailers at the Great Taste Awards. Tributes and endorsements flew in from top chefs, food critics and celebrities catapulting the Hawkshead brand into the public domain.
Production now takes place in a 16th century, grade 1 listed Lake District barn just outside Hawkshead and the range now offers over 100 handmade products holding over 50 Great Taste awards which unequivocally promote the unparalleled excellence set out in the beginning.
In the words of Mark and Maria, “We have never forgotten ‘who we are, where we’re from and what we’re about, quality, on a local scale for a global market.
We are proud to be a producer that supports the locality and those that reside in it, a taste of Hawkshead that is enjoyed by everyone, wherever they are!”
Many of our Luxury Traditional Hamper range contain Mark and Maria’s excellent jams and chutneys including our absolute favourites their Raspberry and Vanilla Jam and Beetroot and Horseradish Chutney. If you’d like to learn more about Hawkshead Relish you can visit their site at www.hawksheadrelish.com