Our story starts in Swaledale, a few miles west of Richmond in one of Yorkshire’s most beautiful Dales. Elspeth Biltoft’s formative years were spent in these idyllic rural surroundings with parents who were completely passionate about the countryside. By preparing preserves together they were able to enjoy seasonal treats throughout the year. Favourites were Blackberry and Apple Jam, Wild Crabapple Jelly, Sloe Gin and Traditional Piccalilli. By the early 1980’s, Elspeth was honing her skills by making preserves for her own family, faithfully following the eight traditional recipes handed down by her mother.
When Elspeth's family moved to Rosebud Farm near Masham in North Yorkshire, they acquired two traditional nineteenth century barns that were perfect for conversion to food production. In autumn 1989, these were renovated to accommodate the fledgling business. Whilst our catalogue has increased to almost sixty products, the principals on which the business was founded remain exactly the same today. These are to produce the best possible products by continually developing and improving our skills.