ABOUT OUR LOCAL ARTISANS
YVETTE'S CHOCOLATES, BERKHAMSTED
Yvette's Chocolates is a small, artisan chocolatier based in the village of Potten End, Hertfordshire. At her shop, Yvette and her husband make award-winning chocolate barks and truffles using the finest, locally-sourced ingredients and create uniquely-flavoured chocolates using an artisanal chocolate infusion technique. Their knowledge and passion for chocolate comes through in each lovingly hand-crafted piece.
DAWLICIOUS, HERTFORD HEATH
Great Taste award-winning Dawlicious Ice Cream is made on the Daw Family farm in Hertford Heath using the milk from their herd of national award-winning jersey cows. Their happy herd grazes the fields in Hertford Heath over 6 months of the year in the spring and summer when the grass is full of nutrients and in the autumn and winter is fed a tasty mixture of grass, maize (both grown and harvested on the farm), straw, fodder beet and minerals while relaxing in a straw-bedded yard. All of the ice cream has zero food miles going from cow to tub in a matter of meters and hours making it not only incredibly fresh tasting but also environmentally friendly. The ice cream is kept as natural as possible using local ingredients where possible e.g. strawberries from Cammas Hall in Hatfield Heath.
PURELY CLEAR PRESERVES, HERTFORD
Purely Clear Preserves is an award winning preserve and jelly producer based in Hertford. Winner of a Great Taste award as well as being nominated for an entrepreneurship award, their speciality is luxury, seasonal, locally-foraged fruit jelly. The business is built on sustainable principles using surplus fruit, often foraged locally, as well as teaching others to make delicious preserves from fruit in their gardens.
Rollagranola is a small, family-run granola producer based in Hitchin, Hertfordshire and has been creating fantastic artisan granola unlike any other in the UK for the past five years. Their ethos is health but not at the cost of flavour so they use no refined sugar instead using fruit to sweeten where needed and each packet contains more nuts than any other ingredient, making it inherently tastier and healthier than alternatives.
DUCHESS FARMS, SAWBRIDGEWORTH
Duchess Farms is a family-run farm based in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire that has been in the same family for six generations. Their philosophy of from "soil to oil" means that they take every care in each step of the production process from sowing and harvesting the seeds to pressing and bottling the finished oil. They provide oil to some of London's finest restaurants and have won Great Taste awards for both their oil and salad dressing and we are proud to stock both.
P.A. HILLS OF ASH GROVE APIARY, DATCHWORTH
This wonderful multi-floral honey comes directly from beekeeper Peter Hills of Ash Grove Apiary, Datchworth. His bees feed on the nectar from the gardens and wildflowers around Datchworth which give this honey a delightful floral aroma.
TEALICIOUS LTD, BISHOP'S STORTFORD
Tealicious is a small, family run, independent Tea Company based in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire. It was started in 2011 and is run by two husband-and-wife teams, all of whom have a deep passion for quality loose leaf tea. One of the team is true 'tea expert' Nigel Adams - a highly experienced tea-taster, buyer and blender who has spent over 35 years working in the tea business and now brings his expertise and knowledge to making Tealicious teas truly exceptional.
WOBBLY BOTTOM FARM, HITCHIN
Wobbly Bottom Farm, located just outside the historic market town of Hitchin, has carved itself a reputation for high-quality artisan cheeses, produced by a small but perfectly formed dairy herd.
The farm is run by Alan and Angela, who have been developing and perfecting their cheese-making craft since 2003. Today, Wobbly Bottom’s freshly-made products range from a simple, creamy soft goat’s cheese, to cheddars infused with a delicious range of extras, including tangy root ginger, real ale and mustard, and cracked black peppercorns.
TheTruffle is a small business based in Tring, Hertfordshire whose passion and business focus is solely on sourcing the best quality, organic, fresh, seasonal truffles and exclusive, premium truffle products and bringing them to the UK. They only work with carefully selected, family run, truffle-obsessed hunters and producers to share only the finest quality seasonal, fresh truffles, and their 2 exclusive ranges of exquisite truffle products.
WHITE HOUSE COFFEE, BISHOP'S STORTFORD
White House Coffee is an artisan coffee roaster based in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire. Charlie, owner and chief roaster, has a deep knowledge and passion for coffee with a history in coffee going back to 1982. He started roasting under the name White House Coffee in 2006 and still travels the world, meeting growers and sourcing truly unique coffee beans. The beans then find their way back to these shores and are expertly roasted at the White House roastery and packed fresh for you.
JUST BISCUITS, STOKE MANDEVILLE
Just Biscuits is a small, family run business based in Stoke Mandeville, Bucks, right on the border between Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Jilly and her family make small batches of handmade sweet and savoury biscuits, all made with simple honest ingredients in the traditional way, with no added preservatives or salt. All of the ingredients for the biscuits are sourced locally and they work with local producers who are as fanatical about good quality produce as they are. Taking care about how they source the ingredients and the way in which they work is what makes their biscuits so incredibly delicious.
FUNKY ELEPHANT, RICKMANSWORTH
Funky Elephant Ltd is an artisan manufacturer of Indian stir in sauces, spice rubs and marinades based in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire.
The ethos of Funky Elephant is simple; fantastic flavours, handmade, with quality healthy ingredients that can be recreated with minimum fuss in your own home.
Their range comprises Indian and Caribbean flavours and have been created to be authentic, fresh and healthy and give a new look and feel to Indian/Caribbean cuisine.
THE HITCHIN GARNISH CO., HITCHIN
The Hitchin Garnish Co. is a small. independent business based in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. Their aim is to make the drinks you serve at home look bar-quality and perfect for any social occasion. Whether it's a cocktail, a gin and tonic or a sparkling cordial, their garnishes will be the perfect finishing touch. All of their fruit is sliced by hand and dried in small batches within a day to ensure maximum quality and freshness.
PUNCHY DRINKS, CHORLEYWOOD
Tired of standard soft drinks and a lack of interesting flavours for those who don't necessarily want to drink alcohol on a night out, Punchy Drinks made it their mission to deliver high-quality soft drinks with grown-up flavours for those who either don't want to drink alcohol or those who want something interesting to mix their favourite spirits with. Additionally, their drinks are vegan, gluten-free, low in sugar and made using all-natural ingredients.
BEDISH, WALTHAM ABBEY
Bedish Artisan Foods is run by Bediha Oder and her husband from their small premises beside the River Lea. Their mission is to bring their family's secret recipe for the traditional Turkish drink "Salgam" to the UK. Salgam is reknowned in Turkey for its health benefits and Bedish use only natural ingredients in their production process to make this highly unusual but tasty drink.
JO JAM, ST. ALBANS
Handmade in Hertfordshire, this addictively good sweet red pepper chutney is Jo's family recipe. The sweet, yet savoury flavour pairs perfectly with almost anything from brunch to lunch and of course cheese boards. Moving to St Albans from New Zealand five years ago, Jo started making her chutney after spotting an abundance of peppers at the local market. Her friends quickly became addicted and the love of Jo Jam has grown from there.
DOAP BEAUTY, HERTFORD
DOAP Beauty is an emerging, independent skincare brand based in Hertfordshire, UK. They are a home-grown business that started in 2017 and offers a unique line of handmade organic, vegan, cruelty-free & ethical skincare products for men, women & children of all ages. Their products are all handmade in small batches using the finest organic, vegan & ethically sourced ingredients all with their own powerful properties to help take care of your skin. They believe that as these natural products take care of us, we should do the same to the environment, so their packaging is minimal, recyclable & reusable.