Northumberland marmalade maker's winning spread to go on sale at Fortnum & Mason in London

Marmalade maker Lynne Allan, who runs the Old Dairy at Ford, has struck gold with her Lady Waterford Preserves at this year’s World’s Original Marmalade Awards.
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The awards, sponsored by Fortnum & Mason, are held every year at Dalemain near Penrith in Cumbria and attract thousands of entrants, both amateur and artisan.

They are known as the Oscars of the marmalade world.

Lynne, who has won gold in previous years, has created a Seville and Tomato Marmalade with Spices, which so impressed Fortnum & Mason that she has been asked to supply it to their London store, where it will go on sale in their food hall.

Award-winning marmalade maker, Lynne Allan.Award-winning marmalade maker, Lynne Allan.
Award-winning marmalade maker, Lynne Allan.

But that’s not all.

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In a nod to Paddington Bear, Fortnum’s have had their chefs create a special sandwich around her winning marmalade, combining it with goat’s cheese and rocket for their fresh food counter!

“I think it’s fair to say that marmalade has changed my life,” said Lynne.

“I never stop making it and thanks to this latest gold award, and Fortnum’s being so keen to stock it and use it in one of their sandwiches, it’s another step on our marmalade journey.”

It all goes back to 2012 when she entered the competition and won a silver award.

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“I’ve always made marmalade for the family but when you win something it spurs you on to see if you can take it further,” said Lynne.

All the marmalades and jams are made at the Old Dairy, where, together with her husband Keith, they have created a concept store full of antiques, a coffee shop and bistro with pop-up suppers.

They also have an outdoor champagne bar with the views over Glendale to the Cheviot Hills.

Although last weekend’s awards ceremony had to be cancelled due to coronavirus concerns, judging had already taken place so the winners could still be announced.

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More than 3,000 jars of marmalade were entered for the awards, from 43 countries, including Japan, Lebanon, Canada, Brazil, Senegal and Australia. Vital funds have been raised for Hospice at Home and palliative care charities around the world. To date, the awards have raised more than £250,000.