Did you know that Worcester isn’t the only county to boast its own sauce? Lea & Perrins have an impressive pedigree, but the company is now owned by food giant Heinz. Oddly we couldn’t find any small-scale producers making Worcestershire sauce in Worcester (know of any? Please tell us). What we did find, though, are loads of tasty sauces made by small artisan producers from several other counties:
This sauce doesn’t have a very British origin, since it was named for the Duke of Cumberland, who was German. However it became closely associated with Cumberland, now part of Cumbria.
Image (c) The Hawkshead Relish Company
An original recipe stated it was “a port-wine based sauce, for accompanying boar’s head”, but don’t worry if you’ve run out of boar’s head (happens to us all) – it’s just as delicious with Cumberland sausages and game dishes. It’s widely available and made all over the UK, but our pick is from The Hawkshead Relish Company, as they’re based in Cumbria and make theirs with damson wine. Delicious.
Although described as “similar” to Worcestershire Sauce, it’s certainly not to be confused with it, because this sauce has won the rare accolade of three gold stars at the Great Taste Awards.
Image (c) From Dorset With Love
Described as a “unique, piquant” sauce, it’s also suitable for vegetarians, vegans and is gluten free. It’s made in small batches by From Dorset With Love, and keeps selling out – so if you want some, best to seek it out in Dorset or keep checking their website to place an order. It’s even got its own Twitter feed, too, where you can find the latest stockists.
“A blend of redcurrants, orange, port and lemon”, this tangy sauce will go really well with other fine Scottish produce, such as smoked venison, game or baked hams. It would probably accompany everything on the table at a Scottish Christmas dinner.
Image (c) Fine Scottish Hampers / Highland Wineries
It’s made by Highland Wineries from an old Highland family recipe. They also stock a number of liqueurs, fruit wines and the famous Moniack Mead, so why just stop at one type of sauce?
This milder sauce is oil-free and made without emulsifiers, so a bit like a good dressing, you have to shake the bottle before using it.
Image (c) Entwistles of Ramsbottom
Lancashire sauce was created by and has stayed in the Entwistle family for the last four generations. It’s not just available in Lancashire, though – the list of stockists throughout the UK keeps growing. Unsurprisingly, it’s a fine addition to Lancashire cheese on toast, and is also a featured flavour of Fiddler’s Lancashire Crisps.
The Rose Cottage Kitchen are famed for their award-winning marmalade, preserves, and other treats like Scottish Tablet. They’re also the creators of Nairnshire Sauce, a “fruity sauce with a wee kick”. Why Nairnshire? Well, “This is based on Cumberland sauce, but we wouldn’t name anything after that Duke in the Highlands, so it’s named after our county.” A truly Scottish sauce!
We like the Sauce Shop. Founders Pam and James started the company because “we decided a) our fridge was very full of sauce and b) we spent too much money on sauce.” You can’t spend enough on their Nottinghamshire sauce, though. It’s completely unlike any other sauce listed here:
Image (c) Sauce Shop
It has a unique taste too, offered to please all the “brown sauce haters” and is their take on mushroom ketchup. In fact, it goes well with anything you’d normally dollop ketchup (or brown sauce) on. Sauce Shop also make a variety of other tasty sauces currently available in and around Nottinghamshire, but keep an eye on their website for online sales serving the rest of the country soon.
Baron Pouget’s Oxford Sauce
Brown sauce lovers rejoice, as this as been hailed as “what a potent brown sauce should taste like”. The potency refers to the extra chili kick, caused by mistaking how much chili was needed in the recipe, but it was soon discovered that the fiery aspect actually improved the sauce.
Image (c) Oxford Fine Food
Baron Robert Pouget of the Oxford Fine Food Co. created the sauce in 2000 to celebrate the Millennium, but its popularity means it’s here to stay. He describes it as “pretty hot”, owing to the aforementioned chili accident, so if you like a bit of heat that is different to traditional hot sauces, this is for you. Check Oxford Fine Food’s website for their list of stockists.
Yorkshire Sauce (Henderson’s Relish)
South Yorkshire folk have been enjoying Hendersons Relish (or “Hendo’s”, as it’s affectionately called) for decades. These days ‘Yorkshire’s best kept secret’ really isn’t a secret any more, as more people are discovering this tasty, highly spiced sauce.
Image (c) Henderson’s Relish
It’s been made by Henderson’s in Sheffield for over 100 years, making it one of the classic British sauces that has stood the test of time.The official website even has odes to the Relish, poems and celebrity fan stories. It inspires fanatic devotees all over the country, not just in Yorkshire, and is also a flavour of Yorkshire Crisps.
Look out for our next blog on the last remaining proper flour mills across the UK…