Nothing is more calming after a full, stressful week than a hot cup of tea, sitting back in your favourite armchair and feeling your troubles melt away, perhaps with a slice of cake. Devonshire Tea is a small, independent company based in Axminster producing classic teas which are custom blended to their own recipes. We will be stocking their products from September and couldn’t resist telling you about them now.
In what can often be an overcrowded, fast moving market with constant re-imagining of exotic new flavours, Devonshire Tea’s ethos is good, simple classic teas blended to exceptional standards. At the moment they have four bespoke blends of high grade tea from India which are blended and packed in Devon.
Classic Breakfast is their flagship blend and brings together a bold Assam from India and a golden Ceylon from Sri Lanka for a perfectly balanced blend with superb depth of flavour.
Earl Grey is a fragrant blend of the same Assam and golden Ceylon but with the addition of delicately scented Bergamot.
Delightful Afternoon is a speciality blend of bold Assam from North East India and delicate Darjeeling from the Himalayan foothills resulting in a subtle, light and refreshing tea.
Single-origin Assam is a bold, full-bodied tea sourced from the region of North-East India from which it takes its name.
All of their teas are sourced from ethical estates monitored by the Ethical Tea Partnership which protects both workers and the environment and in order to protect the environment further their teabags are also “stitched” rather than heat sealed. The impact of single use plastics has been widely reported recently and to reduce their own footprint, Devonshire Tea took on a different approach to sealing their teabags. The glue which is used by the majority of companies to seal them is made from a thermoplastic such as PVC or polypropylene which, although safe to consume, prevents the teabag from decomposing properly. In contrast Devonshire Tea fold the teabag paper and uses string to “stitch” it closed and attach the string.
All of their teas will be available in individual cartons and cases of six cartons for the retail sector, and cases of 200 for food service and catering. Check out their products on our website for more info!
We are delighted to announce that we are introducing a new range of branded pre-packs from Barber’s Cheese (Maryland) and Quicke’s of Devon from mid July. While we already stock both of these producers as both bulk and pre-packs we feel that the new branded packs will really stand out on your shelves and increase sales. These packs will be fixed weight and priced per block with branded labels, they will also not be price marked which will allow you to set your own prices.
Barber’s have been producing their award winning cheeses on Maryland Farm since 1833. Using traditional techniques and the finest West Country milk their skilled cheesemakers produce delicious farmhouse cheeses which are full of flavour and texture. Cheeses range from their Vintage Reserve, matured for 24 months with rich, complex flavours to Mellow, a creamy, smooth and buttery cheese and everything in between.
The Quicke’s have also been producing traditional Cheddars for over 500 years, combining the best West Country produce with time honoured techniques and the knowledge of their expert cheesemakers. Their cheeses are traditionally cloth bound and given varying maturation periods with the longest, the Vintage maturing for up to two years to fully develop its full bodied, intensely creamy, caramel flavours.
We will also be introducing some pre-packed flavoured cheeses from Ford Farm, another West Country Farmhouse cheesemaker established forty years ago and using recipes dating back over 600 years. Their traditional cave aged Wookey Hole Cheddar has received many accolades and has a distinctive earthy flavour due to being matured deep underground at the Wookey Hole Caves. Other cheeses included in this range are the Dorset Red – an oak smoked cheese, Double Gloucester with Chives and Onion and new to us the Coastal Cheddar – matured for at least 15 months with a distinctive crunch due to naturally forming calcium lactate crystals.
These branded pre-packs will be available from mid July so watch this space for more details!
We have been stocking Waterhouse Fayre jams, chutneys and preserves for a while now and the range keeps extending!
Based on the outskirts of Tiverton, this family run company produces award winning products using home grown and locally sourced fruits. This excellent base combined with recipes passed down through generations and given a modern twist by founder Ann Stallard results in outstanding jams and chutneys.
Traditional jam favourites include double gold award winner strawberry, rich apricot, and raspberry jam made using five different varieties of raspberry. More unusual flavours include pear and honey jam with deliciously delicate pear and sweet, subtle honey, beautiful rhubarb and ginger jam made with red rhubarb and both root and crystallised ginger and whortleberry jam made using wild blueberries grown on Dartmoor and Exmoor.
The ingenious flavours don’t stop with jam, Waterhouse Fayre chutneys are fast becoming bestsellers. Their peach, date & chilli chutney combines slight sweetness with a kick of chilli heat, slow roasted garlic chutney with red onions, spices and red wine vinegar has a sweet, mellow flavour and haymakers pickle made with apple, onions and subtle curry spices is delicious with a ploughmans lunch.
Ann is continually developing new flavours such as the new for 2018 fresh turmeric chutney with mango, pineapple, ginger and garlic and spicy tomato chutney rich in tomato and chilli flavours as well as Exmoor pond weed chutney made from unripened green tomatoes, apples, onion and spices. There is always a new flavour to discover from Waterhouse Fayre!
We have been stocking Langage Farm’s clotted cream, double cream, yogurts and cottage cheeses for a long time now. On a cold winter’s day, there is nothing better than curling up with a hot crumble or sticky toffee pudding with a good dollop of clotted cream.
Langage Farm has been a working farmstead for over 900 years and in 1980 the Harvey family began using Jersey and Guernsey cows’ milk to produce clotted cream for a nearby shop. You could say that since then the company has grown and now their creams, yogurts, desserts and ice creams can be found up and down the Devon countryside. Today they employ around 50 people and a herd of over 250 Jersey and Guernsey cows to produce award winning products.
We currently stock their 57g, 113g, 200g and 1kg clotted cream as well as their 284ml double cream and cottage cheeses in natural, chive and pineapple flavours. Their creams make delicious additions to desserts but why not also try them in recipes such as cookies, cheesecakes and brownies? For those with less of a sweet tooth try their cottages cheeses on jacket potatoes, liven up salads or even add to lasagne.
The luxury layered fruit yogurts in glass jars are relatively new. These make a decadent dessert or sweet treat and the glass jars can be reused to hold your own desserts, tea lights or even store small trinkets. Deliciously thick and creamy, these yogurts are available in the following flavours: blood orange and cranberry, raspberry, salted caramel and lemon curd.
With so many fantastic products on offer, why not treat yourself and enjoy some of Devon’s finest produce?