We were happily chatting away and enjoying a single malt in front of a roaring fire, when Peter Cartmell (founder of the Westmorland damson Association) asked his son John to “pass him that book”. Looking through it I came across a recipe which struck me Wow! whats that like ? Curiosity tickled, I made a small batch at home. When I offered it to friends who all said they liked it and thought I should make more. Helped by good friends and family I made my first commercial batch in 2011 in a kitchen rented from CREA, we produced just over 800 bottles.
Having successfully sold all of them, I tried to rent the same kitchen again but unfortunately it had been closed down due to lack of enough interest in the facility offered. At this point, I felt I was up the creek without a paddle! Thanks to my father, Derek, to whom I’m tremendously grateful for, stepped in to save the day. With the help of a small team of builders we built a small production kitchen on a bit of land he had. So, in December 2015 we were able to re-launch our flagship product, just in time for Christmas, and sold out again straight away. At last we had set sail again and are still sailing now – so all that there is left to say is “KEEP CALM AND KETCHUP”.