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Did you know that the jam or chutney that you are spreading on the freshly made scone at any of our cafes is actually made locally just outside Wigton?

Here, at John Watt and Son, we are committed to sourcing the produce we use and sell in our cafes or any establishment we are in, within a 50 mile radius and with Claire’s Handmade Jams & Chutneys, not only do we serve them with our scones and dishes, our customers also have the opportunity to buy some of their jars at our Bank Street branch to take home to enjoy. We have a variety of their fantastic flavours available from Raspberry Extra Jam to Green Jalapeno Jam to tickle your taste buds! They are also a fellow Great Taste Producer just like us.

The story of Claire’s Handmade began in 2003. With a young family in tow, Claire decided to start the business from home. After taking some plum chutney to farmers’ markets things quickly grew from strength to strength and although they now work from dedicated premises in rural Fletchertown just outside Wigton, they still work to the same principle of buying locally whenever they can and using only natural ingredients in everything they make. Some of their ingredients including the fresh vegetables for their Sweet Piccalilli come from Pioneer in Carlisle; they make a chutney with ale from Jennings at Cockermouth; and they use damsons grown in the Lyth Valley in the south of the county.

Claire’s Handmade use natural ingredients.

Quote from Claire’s Handmade on us using their local produce;

“Here at Claire’s Handmade we love to support independent businesses, especially local ones. We prefer to sell our products through independent delis and although you will find us in Booths, you won’t find us is any of the major supermarkets. We’ve been working with John Watt & Son in Carlisle for many years now and were delighted to be able to work with them in their exciting new venture at the café in the Rum Story, Whitehaven.”

On being asked on what is next for them; they said;

“We’re always trying to improve and enhance our range of products and our latest addition is a product called Damson Fruit Cheese which is proving to be a hit! It’s a firmer preserve intended for presenting whole on a cheese board for cutting. It really does make a wonderful centre piece! Everyone in the team here at Claire’s HQ is involved in trying out the next generation of Claire’s products. We call ourselves the ‘Very Important Panel of taste testers’ and we’re already onto the next thing! We couldn’t possibly tell you any more at this stage but do keep an eye out on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts!”

You can find out more on their website and you can follow them on; Facebook  Instagram and Twitter

Keep a look out on our own John Watt and Son social media pages for future Claire’s Handmade Tasting Events in conjunction with us.