In 1999 they had a busy café in the Lake District Town of Hawkshead and made a small range of Chutney, Relish and Preserves to go with the meals served to their customers. People enjoyed the preserves so much that they would ask to buy a jar to take home with them. Gradually they found they were producing more and more jars of preserves to sell.
In 2001, a foot-and-mouth outbreak swept the country. People were told not to visit the countryside which caused a devastating impact on hospitality and tourism in Cumbria including the café. The owners decided that if people couldn’t come to the countryside, they would bring the countryside to them!
Seeing the opportunity to sell their preserves further afield, they took samples of the products to Garden Centres, Shops and Restaurants who all agreed to stock the Chutneys, Relishes and Preserves and sell them to their own customers.
The Hawkshead Relish Company was born!
All their products are still made by hand using traditional open pans and are free from nuts, gluten, additives and preservatives, as well as all being suitable for vegetarians and most are vegan friendly.