Sheffield Honey Company has put the city on the ‘home grown’ map, installing hundreds of hives in locations as diverse as Loxley Park and the roof of Weston Park Museum.
This week the company announced a major expansion with the launch of a new Peak District brand, marketing honey collected from heather moors and wooded dales across the surrounding countryside.
The announcement was made by founder Jez Daughtry at Baslow Hall, home of Michelin-starred Fischer’s restaurant, where he has just installed a dozen hives.
“We’ve had bees in the national park from day one, but we’ve gradually moved down the valley,” said Jez. “Half our honey is now produced in the Peak District.”
The opportunity for hives at Baslow Hall came after executive chef Rupert Rowley was given a jar of Sheffield Honey.
“One morning my wife and kids had it for breakfast and I realised this wasn’t the average squeezy stuff!” he said.
He began experimenting, not only introducing Sheffield Honey to the breakfast table at Fischer’s, but also developing new recipes – such as baked blue cheese with honey.
The partnership with Jez means Fischer’s will now have it’s own home-produced honey to go with the home-grown fruit, vegetables and herbs it grows in the hotel grounds.
Jez has installed 12 nuclear hives, each containing around 10,000 bees.
Once established, the hives will be replaced by permanent wooden structures and the number of bees will expand to around half a million – producing up to 600lb of honey.