Hawkshead Relish Company

The Hawkshead Relish Company is a small, family-run artisan food business based in the beautiful English Lake District. Mark and Maria started making Relishes, Chutneys and Preserves to serve alongside the dishes in their busy village center cafe. However, when the Foot & Mouth epidemic of 2001 hit the region they were forced to diversify and packaging their delicious chutneys and relishes seemed the obvious way to go.

Within a couple of years they were winning so many awards and accolades for their products that they decided to close the cafe down in order to concentrate on the production. In 2005, they received the top award from the Great Taste Awards, when they won the coveted "Speciality Producer of the Year" award.

"Receiving this award from our peers was the ultimate icing on the cake for us" said Maria, "from almost going out of business in 2001 to this has been a huge emotional rollercoaster of hard work and determination".

In 2007, they moved production into a lovely 16th century restored cruck barn, just a mile south of Hawkshead. Ensuring long term employment for the small but dedicated workforce, supporting the local economy and community is very high on their list of priorities.

All the products are still made by hand in small batches with no colorings, preservatives, artificial flavorings or fillers. "If it doesn't add flavor, it doesn't get added" said Mark, who is the creative influence on the partnership. "Allowing the great quality of the ingredients to speak for themselves is the key to creating a product that bursts with flavour".

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Keywords: Hawkshead, Relish, Chutney, Lake District