World silver for north Northumberland marmalade

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

A NORTH Northumberland coffee shop has won a world silver award for its marmalade.

The Old Dairy at Ford is celebrating a hugely coveted and internationally-recognised Silver Award at The World’s Original Marmalade Competition, which is held in Cumbria every year.

Lynne and Keith Allan, who run the Restoration Coffee Shop at The Old Dairy, together with their country store of architectural antiques and vintage interiors, entered one of their marmalade recipes called Lady Waterford’s Orange Marmalade with Chips in the Artisan section.

They beat off competition from accredited marmalade makers throughout the United Kingdom as well as countries like the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand to earn silver in the Seville orange medium cut category.

Lynne said: “I can’t tell you how delighted we are to take the silver award at this amazing marmalade festival.

“The artisan section is a hard-fought and highly-prized section of the competition with the likes of the Ludlow Food Centre taking part and goodness knows how many other excellent marmalade makers.”

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.

“Lady Waterford was a remarkable woman,” said Keith.

“Over a period of 30 years she did so much for the village of Ford and the people who lived around her.

“She knew Ruskin and Gladstone, Landseer painted her portrait and her sister was lady in waiting to Queen Victoria and so we thought it rather fitting that we should name our preserves after her as a sort of dedication to the special legacy she has left us in Ford.”

The World’s Original Marmalade Competition takes place at Dalemain near Penrith and the marmalades are judged for taste, aroma, set, looks and style with thousands of people attending the two-day festival, now in its seventh year.

And the Allans have now got the marmalade bit (or bits) between their teeth and are already making plans to enter next year’s competition where they’ll be hoping for gold.