Hawkshead Relish Company Food from Britain (FFB) Buyers’ Guide

The Hawkshead Relish Company are award winning producers of handmade Relishes, Pickles and Preserves, the company was formed in 1999 when owners Mark and Maria Whitehead began making jams and chutneys from their busy Lakeland café, in 2002 they entered their first Great Taste Awards and received several awards, within a few years they had increased the range of products to over 100 all hand made in small batches and the awards piled up to over 37 Great Taste Awards, and in 2005 they were chosen as the Speciality Producer of the Year in recognition of their commitment and consistency of quality throughout the range.

Top selling products include the Red Onion Marmalade with Pine Nuts and Balsamic Vinegar a sweet pickle that is delicious with cheese and cold meats but also great with fish especially mackerel or tuna, Westmorland Chutney, their versatile rich dark ploughman’s style chutney, Beetroot & Horseradish Chutney a perfect go with anything chutney that is lovely with cheese and even better with a Lancashire HotPot or an Irish Stew, and a rich vibrant Chilli Jam which is as hot at the label promises but balanced by the sweetness it is one that tops the bestsellers list and is a must have for most stockists. They have a fabulous range of jams and marmalades, with Damsons featuring heavily from the Lake Districts famous Lyth valley, the multi award winning Pink Grapefruit and Ginger Marmalade and best selling Five Fruit Marmalade are just a couple from this comprehensive list. New Jams include the Strawberry and Black Pepper Jam and a wickedly delicious Raspberry and Vanilla Jam. They also have a new range of Fruit Pastes, Oils and Vinegars and wholegrain mustards to compliment the range.

All of the products are made by hand using traditional methods and in small batches to ensure that the quality is not compromised, there are NO preservatives, NO Colourings and NO artificial flavourings used, all the products are Gluten Free and with the exception of a Prawn Chutney all are suitable for Vegetarians.

Quality is the key for Hawkshead Relish, with the attention to detail top of the list, they provide top class products, alongside top class service, products are rarely out of stock and they aim to deliver all orders within a week of receiving them (sooner if possible) Sales Manager Terry McGarr will answer any queries regarding the best items to stock and provide customers with a comprehensive list of bestsellers from the range.

The company firmly believe in backing their customers so along with a full information pack for new customers they will send posters, point of sale and shelf talkers, leaflets and FREE samples so that customers can offer tasters to their customers and training for staff. For first time customers they have a special 10% discount and free delivery offer, and a suggested first order that covers all the bestselling lines.

Exports are currently to the USA via an agent in New York and to Europe, although the main business is through independent UK stores throughout the country.

In 2007 the company re-located it’s business into a newly restored 16thC barn a mile from Hawkshead village in the Lake District, with a production kitchen, warehousing and offices all under one roof, set in the valley at the edge of Esthwaite water and surrounded by the most picturesque mountain scenery. The company were faced with disaster in the early days when in 2001 the foot and mouth epidemic almost stopped the business before it started, in the event it turned the business around and forced the couple to change from being based in the café and concentrate on the pickles and chutney making, the café closed in 2005 when the relish company became all consuming and more space was needed. This area has now become the showcase shop for the business, offering free tastings and samples all day every day.

Mark and Maria are hands on working with a dedicated team of local only staff, Mark is the one with the new ideas and recipes, working on new additions and Maria is behind the marketing and finance of the business, they have appeared on the BBC Ready Steady Cook as invited guests working with James Tanner and Nick Nairn using their own products, they have also featured in the Radio 4 Food Programme and are well known in the local region for champions of local foods and produce from the North West. They are avid travellers and readers of food related books, and source many of the spices they use from visits to India. Also a source for many of their eastern inspired range of hot and spicy chutneys and pickles.

Range includes
Apple Date & Damson Chutney, Apple & Sultana Chutney, Beetroot & Horseradish Chutney, Ballachong Prawn Chutney, Chilli Jam, Chillililli, Carrot & Orange chutney, Cranberry Relish, Damson Chutney, Fig & Cinnamon Chutney, Gooseberry Chutney, Green Tomato Chutney, Hot Banana Chutney, Hot Garlic Pickle, Indian Capsicum Pickle, Kashmiri Tomato Chutney, Lemon & Lime Pickle, Mango Chutney, Pear & Date Chutney, Piccalilli, Rhubarb Chutney, Red Onion Marmalade, Ratatouille Relish, Spiced Apricot & Cranberry Chutney, Spiced Plum Chutney, Sun Dried Tomato & Garlic Chutney, Tomato & Chilli Jam, Westmorland Chutney, Lemon Curd, Gooseberry & Ginger Curd, Summerfruit Curd, Honey, Brandy Butter,, Rum Butter, Sticky Toffee Sauce, Sticky Banoffee Sauce, Mustards, Damson & Apple Jelly, Cranberry Jelly, Mint Jelly, Rosemary Jelly, Redcurrant Jelly, BBQ Sauce, Tomato Sauce, Brown Sauce, Steak Sauce, Sweet Chilli Sauce, Cumberland Sauce, Hawkshead Relish (like Worcestershire sauce – but vegetarian and softer), Horseradish Sauce, Pickled Cranberries, Pickled Damsons, Preserved Lemons, Apricot Conserve, Bramble & Bramble Jam, Blueberry Extra Jam, Damson & Apple Jam, Damson Jam, Fig & Orange Jam, Rhubarb & Orange Jam, Five Fruit Marmalade, Lemon & Lime Marmalade, Pink Grapefruit & Ginger Marmalade, Seville Orange Marmalade, Orange Marmalade with Whisky, Flavoured Vinegars and oils and a range of seasonal chutneys for Christmas including Hot Toddy, Christmas Chutney, Boxing Day Chutney and a Michaelmas Relish.