In 1908, in a village in Gimont, France, a matrimonial union led to great things in the world of gastronomy. Tinsmith Joseph Dubarry married Gabrielle – a specialist in gourmet charcuterie – and the two combined their skills to found Comtesse Dubarry. Today, the brand’s terrines and delicacies delight connoisseurs around the world. Just released, a special-edition gift box of 14 terrines, including chicken and Madeira, and rabbit and Armagnac.
With a history dating back to 1875, and a client list that, over the intervening 140 years, has included the likes of Sir Winston Churchill, Du Rhone Chocolatier has a reputation for creating sublime renditions of everyone’s favourite treat. Using cocoa beans from South America and West Africa, the brand’s range, made by hand in Geneva, spans bars, praline and truffles.
When it comes to finding the ideal spot for a beehive, the sixth storey of an ex-council block near London’s Tower Bridge isn’t the most obvious starting point. However, that was all Steve Benhow had available to him, so that’s where he began. Encouraged by the honey produced by his first hive, he began setting up in other locations across the city. Today The London Honey Company has hives across the UK, and has teamed up with other independent beekeepers to produce a range of delicious honeys and honey-based products.
The walled garden at Gordon Castle in Scotland provided flowers, fruits, vegetables and herbs to the Gordon family estate back in 1803. Neglected after the end of the Second World War, the potager has now been restored to its former glory as a source of produce for the estate’s restaurant – and for a new gin. Gordon Castle gin includes its own freshly grown herbal botanicals for a crisp, elegant character. All you need to do is add tonic and a sprig of mint.
Chocolate truffles aren’t the first items that spring to mind when we think of nutrition. But the UK’s first superfood truffles at least take away some of the guilt from the indulgence. At the centre of Sweet Virtues truffles is a blend of nine superfoods including almonds, carob, ginseng and coconut oil. If that sounds a little worthy, fear not. The three varieties – Maqui Berry; Chia Seeds & Lime; and Baobab & Vanilla – are coated in 70 per cent chocolate, albeit of the Ecuadorian biodynamic fair-trade variety.