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A history of Hawkshead Relish

Hawkshead Relish was founded in 1999 when Mark and Maria Whitehead started making Relishes, Pickles and Preserves for their busy Lakeland Café using locally sourced ingredients and traditional recipes.

The emphasis was firmly based on great quality ingredients, using freshly roasted spices and developing combinations that really work giving layers of flavour to enhance the dishes that they are served alongside. Key to this was the fact that they are all natural, no artificial flavourings, colours or additives, and they are all both Gluten and Nut free, and most are also vegan.

The business was growing quickly when Foot & Mouth disease struck the region in 2001. The family café business suffered dramatically as the visitor numbers dropped significantly but, being ever resourceful, the couple embarked on building the Relish business up. With assistance from the bank and local grants they moved into a 16thC redundant agricultural barn on the edge of Esthwaite, close to Hawkshead village, and began wholesaling their product range.

All products remain handmade, using traditional open pans and now covers over 100 products, from Jams and Marmalades to Sauces, Pickles and, of course, Chutneys.

Our emphasis is very much about the community and being a family business is very much our beating heart.

A Message from the
Hawkshead Relish Company

The Courtyard Marketplace have been stockists of ours since 2016 and over this time we have built up a great working relationship and they have become brand ambassadors for Hawkshead Relish in the Salisbury area. We had planned a joint event this summer which we have postponed until next year.

Above all,  Andrew and his family have become a  part of the Hawkshead Relish family and we have all enjoyed his creativity and support along the way. He totally gets the business and what we are about, how we operate and the care and attention to our products and service align beautifully with his own Shop at the Wilton Shopping Village.


Maria Whitehead MBE

Co-Owner, Hawkshead Relish Company