Prestigious London department store Fortnum & Mason and Cumbria’s Dalemain Mansion and Historic Gardens have joined forces to launch a co-branded marmalade range.
The Mistress of Dalemain Marmalades have been inspired by the Georgian properties picturesque 18th century gardens.
The estate has also become famous as the setting of the Marmalade Awards and Festival held every spring which draws hundreds of entries from across the world.
The new branded marmalades are being sold exclusively at Dalemain and at Fortnum & Mason.
They include Kitchen Garden flavoured with spring rhubarb that’s been grown under pottery cloches and harvested since Georgian times at the site.
It’s said to be equally at home spread on toast or eaten with tea and scones.
Dalemain is famous for more than 150 varieties of old fashioned roses which grow in profusion in the walled garden. The Lemon and Rose Petal marmalade is made using the Roserail de l’hay variety.
The petals are gently infused with lemon to make a light and delicately scented marmalade that goes well with freshly baked bread.
Lastly, there’s Apricot and Sweet Orange. Records show that in the 17th century apricot trees grew in Dalemain’s walled garden and the archives at the house describe the Mistress using them fresh and washing them before plunging in a skillet of water on the fire.
Dalemain has been home to the Hasell-McCosh family for 11 generations. Jane Hasell-McCosh, the current mistress of Dalemain and founder of the World’s Original Marmalade Awards and Festival, says: “It is an honour to be pairing Dalemain with Fortnum’s as it unites deliciously two world class family institutions with centuries of tradition and a taste for innovation.
“It has been very exciting developing this range of marmalades inspired by my garden as it unites my two passions of gardening and marmalade. I am delighted to have my marmalades on the shelves of Fortnum & Mason’s iconic London store and promoting and championing Cumbrian foods.”
The new trio join a range of other already established Dalemain breakfast conserves which include Jaane’s Marmalade, The Bishop’s Marmalade, George’s Marmalade and Windfall Apple Marmalade.