The Square, Hawkshead, Cumbria, LA22 0NZ
Produce: Cumbrian Preserves, Relishes and Pickles.
“The cobbled streets and courtyards of Hawkshead and the beautiful whitewashed cottages give this little place a magical feel and the 16th Century Hawkshead Relish Shop is a perfect compliment to the village, providing a unique selection of tasty Cumbrian relishes and preserves.”
With stunning landscapes, beautiful lakes and magnificent mountains, you will be hard pressed to find a more picturesque location than the village of Hawkshead in the heart of the Lake District and home to the Hawkshead Relish Company. Production takes place in a beautifully restored barn on the edge of Esthwaite Water, the original premises now home to the shop and a showcase for the range in the centre of Hawkshead village.
An artisan producer of award winning, preserves, relishes and pickles all of which are lovingly handmade in small batches using traditional open pans and locally sourced ingredients. No artificial flavourings, colourings or preservatives are used, all products are free from nuts, gluten and are suitable for vegetarians.
Maria and Mark Whitehead started the business in 1999, taking over a small but busy cafe in the village of Hawkshead. The relishes were originally a sideline, made to serve with dishes in the cafe, and only jarred through customer demand. In 2001 Foot & Mouth almost destroyed the cafe and the relishes were the key to saving the business from closure.
Since then the company has thrived and has won many awards and recognitions.
Holding 50 Great Taste Awards, the Hawkshead Relish Company has become known for quality and excellence.
Small Family Buisiness of the Year - 2017 - Family Buisiness United Awards
Great Taste 2015 - Ripping Rasberry Curd (2 Stars) Westmoreland Chutney (1 Star) Hot Onion Relish (1 Star)
Great Taste 2014 - Bloody Mary Chutney (1 Star)
Great Taste 2013 - Windermere Pale 3 Stars) Damson Vinegar (3 Star).
Food and Drink Awards 2015 – Marketing and innovation Award – Winner