Success is sweet for marmalade makers

Lady Waterford's orange marmalade which won silver at the World Marmalade Awards
Lady Waterford's orange marmalade which won silver at the World Marmalade Awards

PADDINGTON would be proud – a north Northumberland marmalade is the second-best in the world.

As reported on the Gazette website this week, The Old Dairy at Ford is celebrating a silver award at The World’s Original Marmalade Competition, which is held at Dalemain, near Penrith, in Cumbria every year.

Lynne Allan from The Old Dairy in Ford with her silver certificate for Lady Waterford's marmalade

Lynne Allan from The Old Dairy in Ford with her silver certificate for Lady Waterford's marmalade

Lynne and Keith Allan, who run the Restoration Coffee Shop at The Old Dairy, together with their country store, entered one of their marmalade recipes called Lady Waterford’s Orange Marmalade with Chips in the Artisan section, winning silver in the Seville orange medium cut category.

The judges in Cumbria included Lady Claire MacDonald, food writer and hotelier from the Isle of Skye, baking guru Dan Lepard and Jonathan Miller, new product development buyer at Fortnum & Mason.

Keith said: “The secret of this is that it’s made in small batches, that’s how it’s an artisan product. The other trick is getting Seville oranges. We have been going around frantically buying up all the Seville oranges, because you can freeze them and still use them.”

The Allans started making their own jams and marmalades last year to sell and serve from their Restoration Coffee Shop using garden-picked and local fruit wherever possible.

The winning recipe is a Victorian one that dates back to when Lady Waterford came to Ford Castle in 1859.