We’re proud to introduce some the specialist local producers whose products help make the Maws range so special.
Over the past 25-years our business has thrived from our base in the heart of Kent, and during this time we’ve taken full advantage of our glorious ‘Garden of England’ location to source much of our range from an ever-increasing network of local suppliers and producers.
From bread bakers and cheese-makers to creators of mouth-watering farmhouse chutneys and delectable cakes, one of the greatest rewards our business affords is discovering these small artisan producers and bringing their produce to a wider audience. Many of these establishments are dedicated family-run businesses, much like our own, using traditional methods and the finest ingredients to create award-winning produce that it’s our privilege to share with food-lovers everywhere. We’d like to introduce you to just a few.
Flour Power: specialitybreads.co.uk
Bread is so much more than a global staple. Great bread, in its myriad variations, is a simple pleasure that should be shared by all. That’s why we’re delighted to get our daily bread from Speciality Breads. Within their premises on the north Kent coast this artisan bakery make over a hundred different breads - yet whether it’s a rosemary focaccia, an olive and tomato ciabatta, a rustic French couronne, rich brioche, speciality sourdough or a good old-fashioned white cottage loaf, everything baked here contains one uniquely British ingredient: Marriage’s flour. The Marriage family have farmed the nearby Essex countryside since the 1600s, and their master millers have been making white, brown, wholemeal, rye, spelt and barley flours, milled the traditional way on French Burr stones for generations. Not only do these award-winning flours lie at the heart of everything Speciality Breads produce, but their quality, and the sustainability and traceability of their wheat has assisted the company in gaining the rigorous Red Tractor mark for food quality assurance.
The Cheesemaker’s Tale: cheesmakersofcantebury.co.uk
In 2007, when a cheesemaking couple in Wiltshire planning to retire, passed on their skills, equipment, and the traditional recipe for their Ashmore cheese, to dairy veteran Jane Bowyer, Cheesemakers of Cantebury was born. Jane already knew that Kent boasted excellent cream and butter, and she was convinced that the local milk would also be perfect for creating this naturally rinded unpasteurised cheese. Six months after refurbishing her dairy at Lamberhurst farm and assembling a dedicated team of like-minded experts, the first batch was ready to go to market. She wasn’t wrong, and today the hard Ashmore varieties that continue to be made traditionally here, by hand and from the unpasteurised milk of British Friesian cows grazing nearby Debden Farm, have garnered numerous awards. They’re now also accompanied by a hard goat’s cheese developed from the same recipe using local goat’s milk from Ellie’s Dairy in nearby Wychling, not to mention an increasing host of delicious soft cow’s, goat’s and sheep’s cheese ranges, as each new chapter in the Cheesemakers of Cantebury’s tale unfolds.
Seriously Pickled: deerview.co.uk
It may have begun as Indian tomato relish, but chutney has long since become the ‘preserve’ of the British, and the pastoral setting of Deerview farm in Sussex where the food-loving Colombotti family continue to create their ever-expanding range of savoury and sweet preserves couldn’t be more essentially English. All are handmade and the while family may expertly blend combinations of fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices too numerous to mention, their ethos is always the same – to get big flavours by making small batches, sometimes as few as twenty jars at a time. It may be intensive, but this is the only way to authentically produce those authentic farmhouse kitchen flavours, and whether it's a jar of spiced aubergine chutney, blackberry and apple jam or whisky marmalade, anyone whose opened the lid of a Deerview preserve knows that what you’re really tasting are the fruits of a labour of love.
Sweet Dreams: atasteofdreams.co.uk
At Maws we believe everyone should be allowed to have their cake and eat it, which is why we were delighted to discover something truly sweet happening in the heart of the rolling South Downs: A Taste Of Dreams.
This small wholesale bakery’s chief goal is to deliver cakes and bakes for all dietary requirements without ever compromising on taste, and in pursuit of this they have developed ranges of truly delectable confections that are dairy free, gluten free and suitable for vegans. When it comes to sourcing the finest ingredients, head baker Matthew personally inspects the free-range flocks that supply their eggs, while the chocolate used is Belgium’s best, all fruits are organic where possible, and water for the bakery is even supplied by their own nearby spring. Equally important is what their bakers leave out, so you can be sure you’ll never find a trace of artificial colourings, stabilisers, preservatives or sweeteners in anything they create.
It almost sounds too good to be true, but we think that’s exactly how a dream should taste…