January 14, 2015
Local mustard to draw in the crowds on BBC cookery show
A famous, locally-produced mustard in Tewkesbury will be showcased to thousands on a popular BBC 1 cookery programme.
The acclaimed ingredient, Tewkesbury Mustard, will be featured on series two of the crowd-pleasing programme James Martin’s Home Comforts on Wednesday, 21 January at 3.45pm on BBC 1.
During the episode – themed ‘hearty and wholesome’ – the fascinating history of Tewkesbury Mustard will be explored and a batch of the condiment rustled up on screen and tasted.
Tewkesbury Mustard is an artisan product which originally dates back to before the 16th century, and has been recommended by both commentators and in recipe books for hundreds of years.
Originally produced in the form of mustard balls, the Tewkesbury Mustard Company now also continues the well-known tradition in jars using state-of-the-art development and, where possible, only the finest, local ingredients. By being sold in jars, the mustard can be easily transported and used in a variety of ways in the kitchen.
While legend has it that Tewkesbury Mustard was presented to King Henry VIII during his visit to Tewkesbury in 1535, the condiment fit for a king has also been featured on BBC’s Escape to the Country, Great British Railway Journeys, The Great British Food Revival and on ITV’s Ade in Britain.
Tewkesbury Borough Council’s Lead Member for Economic Development and Promotion Dave Waters said: “It’s a fantastic achievement for one of our local producers and products to draw such wide-spread praise and recognition.
“Tewkesbury Mustard has been a popular and well-known product in the town for hundreds of years, and getting the name out there is really helping to put Tewkesbury Borough on the map for its award-winning goods and innovative thinking.”
Robin Ritchie of Tewkesbury Mustard Company said: “Britain has a great heritage of locally produced foods and Tewkesbury is fortunate in having developed, over 400 years, a reputation for making the finest mustard in England.
“While acknowledging the role television has played in bringing these products wide public attention, we are also grateful for the support of the town – it all contributes to keeping Tewkesbury a vibrant place.”
Visitors can sample a taste of Tewkesbury Mustard at the next Tewkesbury Farmers’ and Craft Market on Saturday, 14 February or at a Tewkesbury Mustard Night at My Great Grandfather’s Restaurant in Tewkesbury on Wednesday, 28 January, where a range of dishes will be cooked up with the ingredient for food lovers to enjoy. To book a table, please give My Great Grandfathers a call on 01684 292687.