Essex has some of the very best grazing lands and coastline of any county. You will find some great food and drinks from local suppliers.
Kelly Turkeys - Paul Kelly was awarded the Essex Life Food & Drink Hero at the Essex Life Fine Food & Drink Awards last October for his significant achievements in bringing the Kelly Bronze turkey to a world-wide audience.
Tiptree Jam - Wilkin & Sons have been producing Jam in the village of Tiptree since 1885 and the brand is well known all over the world. Wilkin & Sons have held a Royal Warrant since 1911 and are perhaps best known for their unique 'Little Scarlet' Strawberry.
Leigh on Sea Maldon Sea Salt – production of Sea salt dates back to the time of Roman Britain, today Maldon Sea Salt is made by evaporating brine over fires mounted on an elaborate network of brick flues. The resulting pyramid-shaped crystals prevent the salt from caking, and it is used as a finishing salt.
Colchester Oysters – Colchester and nearby Mersea Island are world-famous for their Oysters. Oysters have been grown here from Roman times and considered by many to be the finest in the world.
The Big Bear Cider Mill - the cider is created using apples grown and harvested from their own orchards in Tumblers Green near Stisted and Beazley End at Braintree – in total, around 3,000 trees. Cider is canned on site and sold all over Essex.
East Coast Distillery - Based on the outskirts of Thorpe-le-Soken, the three botanicals used to create the gin are foraged or grown within a stone's throw from the distillery. Sea purslane is foraged on the backwaters, fennel is grown at the distillery and a local farm produces sea buckthorn just a few fields away.