Our Principles

Provenance, seasonality and quality of ingredients are all, I believe, crucially important to the creation of great food.  Buying British, seeking out producers and suppliers of heritage varieties and rare breeds, is also vital if we are going to maintain a strong and diverse rural economy.  When I first set up Old Rectory Preserves I wanted to ensure that we adhere to my own principles across every aspect of the business, specifically:

Local

  • The majority of the fruit, vegetables and herbs used for our preserves have been grown locally in Norfolk, including: Blueberries from Fair Green Farm; Plums from Greenwoods Farm and Plumbe & Maufe; Strawberries, Raspberries and Rhubarb from Place; Onions and Foraged Fruit from the Elveden Estate. 

  • Most of the orchard fruit is grown here at The Old Rectory

  • Norwich based fruit wholesaler McCarthy's provides us with a wide range of Norfolk-grown produce direct from the growers

  • Other regional products used include: Cider Vinegar from Greenwoods Farm in Carleton Rode, Norfolk; Apple Balsamic Vinegar from Aspall's, Suffolk; Rapeseed Oil from Yare Valley in Surlingham, Norfolk; Maldon Sea Salt from Maldon, Essex

  • All our preserves are made using British sugar (sold under the brand name Silver Spoon).  British sugar is derived from beets grown in the fields surrounding our home and throughout East Anglia, travelling on average only 28 miles from field to factory.  Beet is an incredibly eco-friendly crop, protecting and maintaining biodiversity with minimal water consumption.  The British sugar industry one of the largest rural employers in the East of England

  • Old Rectory Preserves is a member of Buy Local Norfolk

 

Natural

  • We strive to make all our preserves when the fruit is in season (so we do sell out of some flavours through the year).  Occasionally we use frozen fruit, but only if we can be assured of the provenance

  • None of our products contain any artificial colours or preservatives

  • Some of our recipes use pectin as a gelling agent.  We use a natural apple pectin that is certified organic, allergen free, vegan and kosher 

  • We try to source heritage varieties of fruit and vegetables which give our preserves a unique flavour

  • Exotic spices are supplied by Steenbergs, are certified organic and predominantly FairTrade  https://steenbergs.co.uk/

 

Environmentally aware

  • We maintain a strong focus on local produce and minimal food miles

  • Glass jars are British-made, recycled and recyclable.  Labels are easily removed from jars to enable our customers to re-use easily

  • Kraft card packaging is British-made from recycled paper

  • Packing materials are all recycled and biodegradable

  • British manufactured natural acetate ribbons are 100% biodegradable

Annabel Anderson

Founder

Old Rectory Preserves Ltd

Old Rectory Preserves Ltd                                                                                                                                                                   

The Old Rectory

Church Road

Carleton Rode

Norfolk NR16 1RW

Registered in England No: 10578397