Lake District-based producer awarded northern artisan food award

Cumbrian artisan producer of condiments, pickles, relishes and preserves, Hawkshead Relish, has been awarded an artisanal food award by food and drink journalist and broadcaster Nigel Barden and premium cooking appliance manufacturer Britannia.

Hawkshead Relish, based at Esthwaite, near Hawkshead in the Lake District, took second place with its Indian Sweet Pepper Pickle.

Nigel Barden commented on the winning producer: ‘’Hawkshead Relish, our Silver Medal champion, uses only the very best ingredients to create great artisan products. The whole Hawkshead Relish team should be proud of their achievements over the years. They have the most amazing range of products which are so versatile and should be part of any home cook’s armoury.”

Jane Rylands, Head of Marketing Communications for Britannia, said: “We’re thrilled with the volume of entries we’ve had from the North where we’ve been proud to host the Britannia Artisan Food Collection. From craft cider and beer to dairies, delis, and bistros, we’ve uncovered some hidden gems and hope people visit our map to discover the artisanal delights we’ve been lucky enough to find.”

Maria Whitehead, co-owner and director of Hawkshead Relish commented: ‘’We are thrilled to win a silver award. Our Indian Sweet Pepper Pickle is most definitely a staple for any curry enthusiast and has so many diverse uses in any number of dishes. From the very outset we have tried to create a range of relishes, pickles, and conserves that home cooks can use to enhance their dishes and add real interest to mealtimes. To that end we launched our Embellish With Relish Cookbook in September last year to show people just how creative the can be with our range of products, providing recipes and insider hints and tips to make the best of their store cupboard essentials.’’

The UK wide Britannia Artisan Food Collection launched at the end of last year with members of the public being invited to nominate artisan food producers from across the country. Subsequently a shortlist was chosen from the nominees by Nigel Barden and then awarded a place on Britannia’s Artisan Food Collection map, after which the top three were chosen from each region with an overall winner nominated for each area.

The North was the fourth of six UK regions the Britannia Artisan Food Collection visited. More information about the Britannia Artisan Food Collection can be found here: and more information about Nigel Barden can be found at