REGIONAL artisan food and drink producers are being showcased in a new initiative launched by British Regional Hampers.
Hampers including produce from Warwickshire and Worcestershire are currently available, together with four specially-selected for Christmas and New Year. Regions being celebrated in the early part of 2022 include the Cotswolds, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Oxfordshire and Wales.
Each hamper contains approximately 20 products, including wine, spirits, cheeses, meats, accompaniments, chocolates and desserts. The accompanying magazine includes a full profile of each supplier and the details to be able to re-order any products directly, thus continuing the sustainability and ‘eat and shop local’ ethos of the company.
The hampers are designed for all lovers of food and drink: as a gift for family and friends, corporate clients or yourself. They can be purchased individually or as part of an annual membership scheme, with the 12th hamper free. Each hamper offers an insight into the diverse regional specialities available throughout the UK. They are packed in luxury navy blue boxes, perfect for re-using or re-gifting, and with sustainable packaging including the fully-recyclable WoolCool insulation.
Each box is limited-edition, due to the nature of the various producers, many of whom work alone or in small teams, selling via farmers’ markets, in local shops or online, with products that are not usually available to the mass retail market. The initiative will offer producers a shop-window to new customers, and celebrate the extraordinary talent of smaller, independent companies with a true passion for their work.
The Warwickshire magazine is available HERE
BRITISH REGIONAL HAMPERS – THE STORY
Self-taught chef, gourmet caterer and all-round foodie Kate Rouse and her travel journalist husband Paul returned to the UK after more than 20 years working in Cyprus, the Middle East and, most recently, Portugal, to continue their pursuit for food, travel and all things local.
After a decade running the leading catering company in the Algarve, with clients such as Wayne Rooney, Alan Shearer, Take That and Fortune 500 CEOs, Kate’s obsession for food and drink led her to realise that whilst the UK is full of amazing produce, magazines littered with sumptuous photos, and social media inundated with picture after picture of food and travel experiences, the reality of finding it once back in the UK was actually quite difficult.
“How do you eat amazing Warwickshire food if you live in Somerset?”
“Farmers’ markets and local farm shops are an option,” says Kate, “but of course they only sell produce from your region. How do you eat amazing Warwickshire food if you live in Somerset? How do you discover that extraordinary British wine when production only extends to 1,500 bottles a year? Where do you find the incredible-tasting salt, produced for centuries, but that has been reborn and refined by a Michelin chef to produce stunning dishes you can re- create at home? Or just simply a unique and sustainable gift for someone you care about?”
The answer is an expertly chosen and beautifully presented hamper that showcases the best local produce from your region. One that changes each month, and one that also offers you the chance to come and explore the area. Paul’s experience as a luxury lifestyle journalist and editor means that every hamper is accompanied by a concise and practical guide as to where to eat, sleep and shop for a truly local flavour. Not necessarily the restaurant and luxury hotel lists you can find on all good websites, but the tucked-away specialist food shop or deli, the amazing pub that is quietly establishing its reputation, and the places to stay that won’t break the bank but offer a great way to explore and savour the best of local hospitality.
Tales from the producers are also an essential part of the story. We have the oldest cheesemaker in the UK making a very special Warwickshire cheese, wine produced from grapes grown on land once owned by Shakespeare’s family, a lady from Coventry picking every runner bean she can find on local allotments to make a chutney from a recipe handed down from her grandfather who dug for victory in World War 2, and an elderflower liqueur that started life as a wedding celebration but now forms part of another new adventure for the Earl and Countess of Yarmouth.
Join Regional British Hampers on a gastronomic tour of the best of Great Britain.