About Barlows of Belvoir

In recent years pressures in the UK agricultural sector have soared and diversification has become a lifeblood to many farmers, including us! So, we got to work converting one of our outbuildings into a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen and creating a range of jams, marmalades and chutneys for the discerning customer.

At the same time, we remain committed to our core values – in all that we do we aim to support the rural economy, using local labour and produce whenever we can. And with nearby Melton Mowbray recognised as the UK Capital of Rural Food, we are determined to make our mark with preserves that will enhance its reputation.

To add to the flavour, we have named our preserves after nearby villages and hamlets and in our product descriptions you can find out more about the history of our beautiful vale and its surrounds, hopefully enticing you to come and visit.

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Stathern Strawberry & Kiwi Surprise

This beautiful little village of around 300 dwellings is largely designated a conservation area. It was once the home of Colonel Francis Hacker and his wife, Isabell, who lived at Stathern Hall. During the English Civil War the Colonel was a prominent Parliamentarian and assigned the task of guarding King Charles I during his trial. Whilst Francis Hacker did not sign the King's death warrant, he did sign the execution order. Come the Restoration, he was thrown into The White Tower accused of regicide and met a traitor's death. Stathern Hall was later demolished to remove any association of the family with the village. Stathern is bounded on the eastern side by Mill Hill, the top of which is planted with dense mixed forestry. The village church is dedicated to St Guthlac, a hermit who spent some years engaged in warfare only to became filled with the desire to enter a monastery. Guthlac's vocation led him to Croyland in the fen-lands of Lincolnshire, where legend has it the birds and the fishes became his familiar friends. We think our Strawberry and Kiwi surprise jam catches the flavour of Stathern today - it is both sweet and remarkable.
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Barnstone Bitter & Twisted Marmalade

This citrus speciality carries the name Barnstone because it reminded us of the ups and downs of the historic Peverel family. Barnstone (previously known as Barnston) was once the home of Norman Knight, William Peverel, a favourite of William the Conqueror. Sir William was greatly honoured after the Norman Conquest, receiving over 100 manors in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, including Nottingham Castle. In 1086, the Domesday Book records him as holding 162 manors, collectively known as the Honour of Peveril. He also gets a mention for building Peverel Castle, in Derbyshire. Some say William Peverel was William the Conqueror's illegitimate son but after his death, William Peverel the younger backed the wrong side as the Plantagenets continued to battle it out and the family estates were confiscated by Henry II in 1155. A bitter, if not twisted, family history.
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Six Hills Spicy Citrus Plum Chutney

Six Hills is an area that lies seven miles to the north west of Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire. The name is a corruption of Segshill, so the real meaning of the place name is the high ground where seggs were kept, segg being the local name for sheep. Barrows and other earthworks are to be found in the area, which accommodates a section of the Fosse Way as it makes its progress between Exeter and Lincoln. The Way was built in the middle of the 1st century AD and the word Fosse comes from the Latin word for ditch (Fossa). This is probably a reference to the western boundary of Roman controlled Britain which was protected by a defensive ditch, also extending from Exeter to Lincoln. Whether the ditch was filled in and the road built later, or whether the road was built to follow the ditch, cannot be established but the road has certainly taken the name of the ditch! The sweet/spicy/sour flavour of our citrus plum chutney reminds us of this intriguing area of the Vale of Belvoir and its Roman connections.
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