Suffolk and Essex food companies savour Great Taste Awards success

Chris Brennan of Pump Street Bakery with a batch of beans for chocolate making.

Chris Brennan of Pump Street Bakery with a batch of beans for chocolate making. - Credit: Archant

A Suffolk bakery which has branched out into chocolate making has achieved a top UK accolade for two of its products.

Pump Street Bakery in Orford has secured maximum three-star ratings in the 2015 Great Taste Awards for both its Madagascar Milk 58% and Madagascar Criollo 74% chocolate.

The business, formed in 2010 by father and daughter team Chris and Joanna Brennan, also picked up two- or one-star ratings for four more of its chocolate varieties.

The awards are run by the Guild of Fine Food and aim to be seen as the food and drink sector’s equivalent of the Michelin star rating system for restaurants.

Alongside its range of breads and pastries, Pump Street Bakery produces its own “bean to bar” chocolate which it makes using beans directly imported from countries including Madagascar, Venezuela, Ecuador, Grenada and Honduras which it then roasts and grinds itself.

Its Great Taste Awards success follows recognition earlier this year from the Academy of Chocolate, which awarded it one gold, four silver and two bronze awards, and in the International Chocolate Awards where it won two golds and three silvers.

Another three-star winner in this year’s Great Taste Awards was Hillfarm Oils from Heveningham which picked up a top rating for its Farmhouse Mayonnaise, and a one-star rating for its Garlic Mayonnaise.

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Handmade by Hadleys, from Colne Engaine, near Colchester, won four two-star awards – three for its Grenada Chocolate, Passion Fruit Curd and and Lusty Glaze Coffee ice creams and another for its Hot Chocolate with Madagascan Chocolate – plus two one-star awards.

Scarlett & Mustard from Earl Soham won three two-star and four one-star awards, including a full house for its range of five fruit curds as well as for its Pumpkin Seed Oil and Infused English Smoked Rapeseed Oil.

Its came as further good new for founder Sandy Ruddock who has also just been shortlited in the SME Business of the Year category of the National Women in Business Awards.

There were also three two-star awards for ice cream maker Alder Tree, from Needham Market, for its apple and cinnamon, tayberry and blackcurrant flavours, plus six one-star awards.