An artisan manufacturer of handmade preserves creating exquisite marmalades, preserves, chutneys and jellies, using the finest natural ingredients of the highest quality, sourced locally as far as possible.
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March 2018 Update
Radnor Preserves tastes sweet success thanks to winning another golden hat-trick of prestigious food awards
Radnor Preserves based in mid-Wales, Powys, has scooped three more Gold Awards in the 13th World’s Original Marmalade Awards.
Radnor Preserves won three of the marmalade world’s most prestigious accolades for its Bara Brith Marmalade with Welsh Rum, its Lime & Laver Marmalade and Smoky Bourbon Marmalade all of which scored high marks for their appearance, colour, consistency, aroma and flavour.
Inspired by Wales theme for 2018 “Year of the Sea”, Radnor Preserves has created some amazing new flavours that combine the traditional Welsh staples of Bara Brith and Laverbread with innovative spiced seaweed rum from the Pembrokeshire Beach Company and smoked sea salt from Halen Môn.
Radnor Preserves said they were delighted to win the awards: “We wanted to celebrate the ties between ‘Cymru’ and ‘Cumbria’ which both stem from the ancient Brittonic word meaning ‘fellow compatriots’. The celtic kingdoms of Rheged (old Cumbria) and Powys once shared a border during the days of King Arthur. Having won gold medals for our marmalade at the Cumbrian festival since 2013, we wanted to mark the occasion with these exciting new flavours. Scotland may lay claim to inventing marmalade, but we make some exceptional marmalade here in Wales too!”
The Awards Festival, now a landmark international event, took place at Dalemain Mansions in Cumbria over the weekend of 16-17 March 2018 in conjunction with the Rheged Centre and Penrith goes Orange. It aims to encourage people to try, buy or make marmalade. Jane Hasell-McCosh, founder of the Awards, said: “It has been wonderful to see how people’s love of marmalade has created a passionate community all around the world. It has been a great honour and joy to welcome so many marmalade makers to my home in Cumbria in celebration of such a well loved preserve, and great fun to see the team at ‘Penrith Goes Orange’ taking the festival to another level with such an innovative and exciting family day out. The results of this year’s Marmalade Awards in Cumbria prove that far from going out of fashion, quality marmalade is loved not only in Britain but around the world.” Jane continued “Congratulations to Radnor Preserves on their awards. It is one of a growing army of small artisan producers preserving one of our great British traditions.”
Over 3,000 jars of marmalade from as far afield as Australia, Japan, USA and South Korea, were sent by both artisan producers and amateur makers, for judging by a prestigious panel of marmalade experts. Dalemain roundels denote marmalade of exemplary quality. The Guests of Honour at the festival were Envoy Extraordinary & Minister Plenipotentiary of Japan and the Deputy High Commissioner to India Ambassador Dinesh Patnaik.
The World’s Original Marmalade Awards & Festival boasts the sponsorship backing of some of the most famous names in marmalade – Paddington, Fortnum & Mason, Thursday Cottage and Partridges. To date the Dalemain Marmalade Awards & Festival has raised over £220,000 for charity. The event’s 2018 charity beneficiaries are Hospice at Home and Marie Curie in Scotland.
Radnor Preserves Launches Online Shop To Celebrate Triple Gold Marmalade Awards
Radnor Preserves is enjoying the sweet taste of citrusy success after winning a record-breaking three gold awards in the eighth annual World’s Original Marmalade Awards, held in Cumbria earlier this year, and a contract to supply Fortnum & Mason.
To celebrate these successes, Radnor Preserves’ online shop, www.radnorpreserves.com
has now been launched.
Radnor Preserves’ website, www.radnorpreserves.com, designed by Wayne Summers, places the emphasis on beautiful aesthetics and high quality customer experience.
The only gold-medal winner from Wales, Joanna Morgan from New Radnor received three of the marmalade world’s most prestigious accolades for its Lime Marmalade, Seville Orange & Crushed Coriander Marmalade and Sicilian Blood Orange Marmalade, scoring the highest marks for their appearance, colour, consistency, aroma and flavour.
Radnor Preserves is the first artisan producer to win three gold medals in the same year since the festival began in 2006, thereby showing consistency across the whole range and not just as a one-off, and can now be fairly called one of the best marmalade makers in the world.
Nearly 2,000 jars of marmalade from as far afield as Australia, the Czech Republic, the
Philippines, Japan and South Africa were sent by both artisan producers and amateur makers to Dalemain Mansion in the Lake District, for judging by an esteemed panel of marmalade experts, including Fortnum & Mason, Pam Corbin and Dan Lepard.
Radnor Preserves is an artisan producer of award-winning, exquisite handmade preserves, and was established in New Radnor on the Welsh Borders by Joanna Morgan in 2010.
Joanna started making preserves when she lived in a house without any electricity. This extraordinary apprenticeship, based on time-honoured and traditional values, has inspired her exquisite recipes, and has given her preserve-making a very different understanding of the craft and approach, to that of one who uses electricity, artificial light and refrigeration.
After winning a number of prizes in 2009 as an ‘amateur’ at the World Marmalade Festival and at the Royal Welsh Show, the largest agricultural show in Europe, and in answer to growing public demand, Joanna did some trials at farmers’ markets with a determination that the presentation of the jars should reflect the high quality and wonderful flavours inside.
Such was the success of these trials that she launched her company, Radnor Preserves, in January 2010. The sophisticated, contemporary packaging, which features an evocative image of the Welsh hills, is designed by Wayne Summers, and the company was shortlisted to the final three of the Powys Business Awards for Excellence in Food Manufacture within the first six months of trading.
In 2011 a review, following the Taste of London show, heralded Radnor Preserves as a future “household name”; the Welsh Assembly Government’s website called the company “a firm familiar favourite” within 18 months of trading; and Radnor Preserves was awarded overall Third Prize in the World at the inaugural World Chutney Festival in Scotland for its Roasted Nectarine Chutney, judged by an impressive panel which included Henrietta Green and Jane
In 2012, Radnor Preserves won three Artisan Awards at the World Marmalade Festival and two Gold Star Great Taste Awards. Joanna created an exclusive Diamond Jubilee Jelly that was served to the Queen on her tour to Wales at a special lunch on the Glanusk Estate; and Mary Berry was impressed by the style and presentation at Chris Evan’s CarFest in aid of Children in Need.
In 2013, the company’s reputation was consolidated by the three Gold Medals won at the World Marmalade Festival and now supplies Fortnum & Mason, the National Trust’s Powis Castle, and Llangoed Hall Hotel with marmalade for their breakfast menu. Radnor Preserves created a special Hay Festival Marmalade for this year’s Festival, which received the following accolade:
“Your products are very, very beautiful and delicious and make a special contribution to the Festival Shop.”
Radnor Preserves’ website, www.radnorpreserves.com, designed by Wayne Summers, places the emphasis on beautiful aesthetics and high quality customer experience. The online shop launches 30th June 2013 and the first 50 orders will receive a free gift of a new invention, Pimms & Mint Jelly.
Radnor Preserves Flourishes
There’s recently been some good news for Radnor Preserves as the gift shop at the National Trust’s Powis Castle are now stocking their beautiful gift boxes, which retail at £15.00. There are 10 flavours to choose from including; Welsh Whisky Marmalade (made with Penderyn Whisky), Snowdon Marmalade, Lemon & Lavender Marmalade, Welsh Sparkling Strawberry Preserve, Raspberry & Crushed Cardamom Preserve, Welsh Cider & Leek Chutney, made with Hallets Cider, Radnorshire Ale Chutney, Roasted Beetroot & Horseradish Relish, Redcurrant, Raspberry & Port Jelly, or Pimms & Mint Jelly; literally something for everyone. Just choose your favourite three flavours from those on offer; they are then wrapped in gold-and-white tissue paper and put in the distinctive Radnor Preserve box. This is a gorgeous gift idea, not just for Christmas, but all year round.
The Redcurrant, Raspberry & Port Jelly was served to the Queen at Glanusk on her Diamond Jubilee visit to Wales, and the Pimms & Mint Jelly was served to the First Minister with his lunch at the Royal Welsh Show this summer. But as if that wasn’t enough, Radnor Preserves are also listed at Partridges in London!
For more information visit: www.radnorpreserves.com