Galloway Lodge Preserves have been producing jam for over 40 years, after Nigel Hesketh starting selling to locals in his small town in the heart of Dumfries & Galloway. The company now supplies both retail and foodservice customers throughout Scotland, has a shop and café in Gatehouse of Fleet and is starting to increase its list of customers in England.
For my birthday weekend last month, I spent some time in the country with a few of my nearest and dearest. I make it an open house and ended up cooking for fourteen this year. It’s always a bit of a hotchpotch (with a touch of structure of course!) as everyone brings dishes to share (including two plates of brownies, hurrah to that), so I thought it an ideal opportunity to use my house guests taste buds and try out some of these delicious sounding Galloway Lodge Preserves.
For lunch, we tried the Bramley Apple Chutney; this went down a treat with a huge spread of different cheeses and meats. The delish chutney was chunky and flavoursome and would go great with a ploughman’s. Everyone loved it!
I also had a jar of the Gooseberry Strawberry Jam that we tried the next day with breakfast (oh, the decadence). The jam was super fruity and smooth, which I much prefer with jam, as it’s perfect for croissants and doorstep toast!
Galloway Lodge Preserves do all sorts of jams; marmalades, chutneys, jellies, mustard and chillies, and they use only the best quality ingredients. They have a fab selection of festive-themed goodies too that come in really cute packs of three – or of course bigger individual ones if you want! They’re great for putting in hampers if you’re super organised and already looking ahead for Christmas gift baskets from your boss or yourself.