Hawkshead Relish, WINNERS of Countryside Alliance Local Food Award
“We are truly thrilled with this announcement”, commented Kate Nicholson, manager. “The news has delighted all the team here, given that we were nominated by the public and it takes into account the Hawkshead Relish shop, our wonderful produce as well as the business and our exceptional customer service which has obviously rubbed off on our customers. It is credit to everyone here”.
The Countryside Alliance a leading voice of rural Britain, and the Awards complement the wide range of rural life and the communities. The national judging panel included Clarissa Dickson Wright the well known TV cook, Philip Johnston Assistant Editor to the Daily Telegraph's & Sir Barney White Spunner, writer & Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman .
Regional winners will now go forward to the grand final, at a gala evening at the House of Lords, Westminster in March, attended by Parliamentarians and media where the overall Champions will be declared.
History and ethos of the business.
The Hawkshead Relish Company was founded following the foot & mouth epidemic when Mark and Maria found their cafe devoid of customers and their livelihood threatened.
They looked to their skills and passions creating a small range of high quality handmade Relishes, Pickles and Preserves taking them to local shops. Within a few years they had won awards and the cafe was closed to make space for production, which today is housed in lovely 16thC barn overlooking Esthwaite water just a mile from Hawkshead Village.
The couple remain adamant that their business remains sustainable and provides employment for local people who often have to move away from the area to find work. They are keen champions for the food producers in Cumbria and although not available in the big supermarkets the Hawkshead Relish brand can be found at many small independent stockists throughout the UK and in the last few years they have successfully exported to over 29 countries worldwide.
The range which has expanded to almost 130 products is still made by hand using traditional open pans and without any additives, preservatives or flavourings, and to date have secured over 45 national and international awards.
For more information visit: www.hawksheadrelish.com contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 015394 36614.