A COFFEE shop in one of north Northumberland’s most beautiful villages is preserving a golden age – by launching a new range of jams, jellies and marmalades to commemorate a famous inhabitant.
The Restoration Coffee Shop, at The Old Dairy in Ford, has named its latest products after Lady Waterford, who lived in Ford Castle from 1859 until 1891 and whose astonishing paintings cover the inside of the village hall.
“The Old Dairy sits directly opposite the castle so we thought it was fitting to name our jams after this remarkable woman,” said Lynne Allan, who runs the coffee shop at The Old Dairy, which also stocks a range of architectural antiques, vintage and interior pieces.
“Lady Waterford did so much for the village of Ford and the locals who lived here that we thought it would be rather fitting to name the jams after her.”
Throughout the season, local strawberries, blackcurrants, raspberries, plums, damsons, quince, wild blackberries, rowan and crab apples will be picked to extend the range of preserves.
Lynne added: “We even know of an old mulberry bush that produces the most wonderful fruit for jelly.”
The preserves are made in small batches to accompany the coffee shop’s freshly baked scones and English muffins, with a small surplus available to buy.
During Lady Waterford’s day, the Victorian fashion for afternoon tea was a popular occasion, where she and her guests would have enjoyed preserves made using a wide range of fruit from the castle’s walled garden.
The Restoration Coffee Shop at The Old Dairy is open from Thursday to Sunday, from 11am until 5pm.