December 14th, 2011 § § permalink
Here at Amazing PR we are known for championing small, specialist British food producers and love discovering regional gems and letting everyone know about them. Mercer’s of Yorkshire are a small, family-run business founded by ‘obsessive Foodie’ Paul Mercer and his wife Lizzie who live and produce their range of delicious Chutneys, Conserves, Curds, Marmalades, Mayonnaises and Dessert Sauces in the heart of Yorkshire. Mercer’s pride themselves on sourcing their ingredients from local Yorkshire growers wherever possible to produce British Classics such as their fine cut English Breakfast Marmalade, Lemon Curd and the award-winning Strawberry Conserve which recently won the prestigious Best Sweet Preserve at the Deliciouslyorkshire awards (we’ve been spreading this on toast as our breakfast all week). Mercer’s also offer a twist on their much loved sauces and preserves for those that want something a bit different with their delicious Strawberry Champagne Conserve, Lime and Basil Mayonnaise, Apple and Shallot Chutney and Salted Caramel Sauce, perfect for warming up and pouring over cold ice cream. For those of you looking for last minute Christmas gifts Mercer’s also have a range of hampers and gift sets guaranteed to keep Foodie friends happy.
Mercer’s can be found in Morrison’s, Asda, Proudfoots, selected Costcutters and independent farm shops or bought from their website here.
November 2nd, 2011 § § permalink
Here at Amazing PR we pride ourselves on supporting independent retailers, especially those regional treasures that make use of their great locally grown and farmed produce. The Hawkshead Relish Company are makers of award winning traditional preserves, relishes, pickles, chutneys, jams and marmalades. From their 16th century restored barn just outside Hawkshead in the beautiful Lake District the small, family run business create their award-winning range using only traditional cooking methods by hand in small batches. They only use fresh, local ingredients without any additives, colourings or artificial flavourings to ensure the products are as full of flavour as possible.
The company was founded by husband and wife Mark and Maria who originally started making the relishes, chutneys and preserves to serve alongside the dishes in their busy village centre café. However, when the Foot & Mouth epidemic of 2001 hit the region they were forced to diversify and decided to concentrate on making more of their delicious chutneys and relishes. Within a couple of years, demand was so great that Mark and Maria made the decision to close their café down to concentrate on production full time and were winning many awards and accolades for their products. To date they have won 43 Great Taste Awards including the prestigious “Speciality Producer of the Year” award in 2005.
Our favourites among the many delicious offerings include the Damson Ketchup made from locally sourced Westmorland Damsons to give a rich and fruity flavour – the perfect accompaniment to cold meats or added to casseroles and sauces. We also love the Sun Dried Tomato and Garlic Chutney which we’ve been devouring with cheese and crusty bread ever since we got our hands on it. Order online here or visit the stockist page here to find your local supplier.