Food & Other products

Our selection of the new and the notable from the best British drinks producers.
Visit Drinks of the Month for this month's Variety Show

King's Ginger Mulled Punch

It may not get made on these shores, but it was created for one of our monarchs by his "local", Berry Bros & Rudd. The Royal Physician had put in a request for something enlivening for King Edward VII as he dashed about town in his new “horseless carriage”, a Daimler.

Seriously gingery, there’s a zest and  a bite to this liqueur. Out of the many cocktail manifestations, my favourite is brand ambassador Scott Wallace’s own creation. It takes a bit of time, but then don’t all good things?

Somerset Hamper

The ultimate present for the passionate apple lover has to be a Somerset Hamper from Julian Temperley at Somerset Distillery on Burrow Hill Farm.

With elegant sparkling cider, his ground-breaking complex brandies, the delightful Pomona – a blend of brandy and apple juice to sip á la sherry – plus many other goodies, including brandy orange mamalade and Hix Fix – a delectable little jar of cherries steeped in eaux de vie Julian makes for restaurateur Mark Hix.

Farmhouse Chutney with St Peter’s Best Bitter

A tasty addition to the Suffolk Mud range, this chutney contains 11% of St Peters Best Bitter, the addition of which gives an otherwise light and fruity condiment some meaty depth and a lasting finish. Plump sultanas, sweet onions, apricots and yellow mustard seeds are all bundled into this jar, along with some hints of Christmassy spice.

A nicely balanced chutney that can be trusted not to steal the limelight from a good wedge of cheddar. It would also sit comfortably with cold meats and pies.

Wholegrain Mustard with St Peter’s Honey Porter

Made with 15% St Peter’s Honey Porter, this Suffolk Mud wholegrain mustard is a fine example of the classic flavour combination. Aromatic, packed with coarse grains, and underpinned with a mild heat, it is a versatile mustard that can and should be spread thickly at will - in sausage sandwiches, on cheese, and in burgers.

Thinned down with some oil and vinegar it would also serve as a superb salad dressing.

Bramley Apple Sauce with Aspall Cyder

Made with 5% of Suffolk's celebrated Aspall cyder, this is a traditional, semi-smooth, apple sauce with fine pieces of Bramley apple in a sweet, moreish sauce. A subtle cider kick provides some perfectly balanced acidity.

An obvious choice with a piece of pork, or a sausage. But once you've opened the jar, don't be surprised if you find yourself spooning it on toast, or over your ice cream!

Suffolk Mud Cyder & Horseradish Mustard

This offering from Stokes Sauces ingeniously combines horseradish and mustard with some Suffolk’s Aspall Cyder, a company who sources the majority of its apples from local Suffolk orchards.