Bewdston Preserves is on the edge of a beautiful Georgian town on the river Severn, Bewdley, in Worcestershire. The kitchen is located in a converted Chapel within the Wyre Forest and on an old drovers’ route into the town.
We are lucky to have a small vegetable and fruit garden, which provides some of the ingredients for the preserves. High quality ingredients are also sourced from local orchards, donations where there has been a glut of produce and from pick your own fields and local farm shops. We also have an apiary and hope one day to produce enough honey to take to market.
Sonia, the Chief Stirrer, made the bold move to leave the NHS after 35 years and to pursue her dream to cook and create delicious flavours. Initially, she used a surplus of chillies to make Sweet Chilli Jam for friends and it grew from there. Quickly followed Dragon Fire a hotter chilli jam and then the star of the show Bewdston Original Chutney. So good Sonia named the business after it! Seasonality is really important to our business and so we rely on only using the best quality fruit and vegetables in our products. Freezing fruit and vegetables at their best is key to maintaining availability for most of the year.
The Chief Stirrer only supplies to local farmers markets and farm shops that share our philosophy for a artisan product without additives, using only the colours and flavours created naturally.