We always enjoy working in partnership with like-minded start-up businesses, especially when they are doing their thing right on our doorstep in Suffolk.
It is also true to say that we are often inspired by the achievements of the people running these businesses..usually with tights budgets but nearly always with unbounded energy and creativity.
Two such people that we popped in to see this week are Ed of Carpenters Gin and Chris of Smalleys Billtong – both who happen to be based at the fabulous Cookhouse Kitchens at Suffolk Food Hall, under the Orwell Bridge.
Not many people are aware of the incubator spaces that are let out at SFH (based under the restaurant) but these two startup businesses have certainly benefitted from these…and actually share a unit that they use for the preparation of their product.
Ed macerates his Gin on-site, which takes 7-days per batch. His recipe is mid 1800’s and it’s blend relies on fresh citrus and white oak. Beer&Co likes it so much that we use it for our pop-up bars, and you can try it at our forthcoming Festivals – while it is also sold in-store at SFH!
Smally’s Biltong is also made from natural ingredients using traditional curing and drying processes (on-site). For those of you that don’t know, Biltong is a variety of dried, cured meat that originated in South Africa. It is similar to beef jerky in that they are both spiced, dried meats. Chris formed the company in 2015 and is going from strength to strength – and sells at various food outlets including SFH of course. Beer&Co have previously sold Smalley’s Biltong at our Festivals and will continue to do so throughout 2017!
Do give these local products a taste. We are sure that you will be shouting about another Suffolk success (or two) too!