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The Joys of Spring

Rhubarb Chutney Recipe for Spring

Garden rhubarb is the mainstay of Welsh Spiced Rhubarb Chutney recipe and is the crop we are most impatiently waiting for at this time of the year.  It’s one of the first of crops we get to harvest during the Spring months and is the first chutney of the year that we start making.  Late April (if we are lucky) and certainly by early May we are busy plucking the sturdy ruby and green stems. Combining them with a local cider vinegar and a blend of warm mixed spices and dates that work together well in this rhubarb chutney recipe.  It makes for a welcome change from the steady flow of marmalade we produce throughout the late months winter. 

Protecting the harvest

The days are getting longer and the hour change is fast approaching as the new year comes to life in the hedgerows, gardens and orchards in rural Mid Wales.  Daffodils are waving their yellow heads at us and the fruit trees and bushes are busy forming buds.  Temperatures stray into double figures in the daytime but we’re still in frost season. Always mindful to protect the newly emerging buds and then the blossoms so we have a bountiful harvest later in the year.

Spring Planning

It’s at this time of year we set time aside to have discussions with our local growers on what new plantings will be needed for harvesting in Autumn and how other crops have overwintered.  Always listed are beetroot and pumpkins, this year we’re asking for chili peppers, shallots and garlic.  Excited discussions about how fruit trees planted a couple of years ago may be ready to harvest for the first time later on this year.  Planning new products and refining recipes is such an enjoyably slow and seasonal process.  Taking time to get the right ingredient, right quality and at the right time takes skill and dedication and involves a chain of experienced input from those we work with.

Such is the beauty of slow food and the joys of Spring.

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Mother’s Day

Mothers Day
Mothers Day

Celebrate Mother’s Day ~ a day especially dedicated to mothers and special women who hold an important presence in your life. Also known as Mothering Sunday, it’s an ideal moment to say thank you for being Mum. Even if you regularly share special times together it’s just another lovely excuse to have a get together and do something nice, who doesn’t like a treat!

Mother's Day
Mother’s Day

Whether it’s two or a group family affair you’d like to have, why not celebrate with your Mum and create an afternoon tea experience to share. Although we’re heading into Spring the weather can still be a little on the chilly side and an indoor treat is always lovely whatever the weather. Try your hand at making homemade scones, we’ve got a buttermilk scone recipe ready for you to either make together or make in advance. They’re quick and easy to put together and are simply delicious served warm.

All you’ll need to dress your table is a pretty tablecloth or covering, a tea set or your favourite mugs and plates. Maybe add a bunch of flowers or a flowering plant. Pick up some clotted cream and serve your homemade scones with luxury preserves. Pantri Swswen favourites have to be Welsh Blackcurrant Conserve, Welsh Strawberry Conserve and Welsh Gooseberry & Elderflower Preserve and make a delicious gift for you to share. You can either pick up individual jars or choose one of the gift packs or hampers. For that little extra to spoil your Mum add some fizz to the occasion and serve your afternoon cream tea with a glass of chilled prosecco or champagne.

Mothers Day Gift
Mothers Day Gift

Now you’re all set to spend some quality time and indulge with your loved ones. It’s such a lovely way to say a big thank you just for being you on Mothering Sunday!

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What goes with cheese?

What to eat with cheese?

What goes with cheese and how to make a great looking cheeseboard

Deciding what goes with cheese and planning a great looking cheeseboard can be a little bit daunting but with some thought you can pull together an impressive and appealing cheeseboard.

Our top tip is to keep it simple by just using a few key components to accompany your chosen cheeses. Whether you’re including one or all such as a hard cheese, blue cheese or a soft cheese, accompaniments for your cheeseboard are our speciality. We have an award winning range for you to choose from for your perfect chutney and cheese combination. Choose from Welsh sweet pickled onions, moorish Welsh chutneys, and even our luxury Welsh marmalades to complement your cheeseboard selection. Adorn the cheese platter with fresh figs, crisp apple, grapes or celery sticks and add a selection of crackers and breads for contrast and texture.

What goes with cheese?
Spiced Welsh Rhubarb Chutney

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Great Taste Three Star Award 2021 ~ Pantri Swswen

Great Taste Three Star Award 2021 ~ Pantri Swswen

Great Taste Three Star Award 2021

Pantri Swswen based in Caersws, Mid Wales has been awarded a Great Taste Three Star Award for Welsh Blackcurrant Conserve and 1-star award for their Welsh Redcurrant Preserve.  Great Taste is the largest and most trusted food and drink awards on the planet. Out of 5,383 products worldwide to receive an award they are one of 4127 to receive a Great Taste 1-star & one of only 218 to receive a 3-star accolade on 21 September 2021. Pantri Swswen will now be able to display the unmistakable black and gold logo, a stamp of excellence that is recognised by retailers and consumers alike.

Judges Comments

Pantri Swswen are thrilled with the judges comments for their Welsh Blackcurrant Conserve “The aromas are of vibrant blackcurrants and they make your mouth water. This conserve has intense blackcurrant flavour with length and freshness. You get a sense of really good fruit which has been skillfully crafted into a fantastic product. The balance of fruit, sweetness and acidity is just stunning and makes this conserve feel like a real treat.”  “This is a gorgeous conserve – the colour is so intense, the smell is pure blackcurrant bushes, and the taste is divine. The soft set is lovely, there is enough fruit to give texture, but the most important aspect is the taste, and that is stunning. The maker has allowed the tartness of the blackcurrants to sing, and that is part of the success. A great product made with care”  and for their Welsh Redcurrant Preserve “A beautifully fresh colour and flavour – lovely acidity and well judged sweetness. Glossy and pretty. It tastes fabulous. You have captured all the characteristics that redcurrants have, not least their wonderful acidity. We didn’t mind the pips because that’s what redcurrants have! This is so well made and you have taken time and effort to ensure that the redcurrant and its amazing flavour have been allowed to shine”.

We are thrilled!

Lizzie Jones owner explains: “Welsh grown blackcurrants, sugar, water and a delicate cook to reach a soft set. It’s such a simple, humble yet perfect preserve that let’s the taste of blackcurrants shine. This conserve has been a best seller since we first started Pantri Swswen in 2012 and entering it into the Great Taste Awards this year has certainly proved fruitful!  We are thrilled with this award and to have also picked up an award for our Welsh Redcurrant Preserve is wonderful.  All of our preserves and cakes are made using Welsh grown and sourced ingredients, in particular we strive to support our local Welsh growers and producers who share our passion for Welsh food.  Small batch artisan production methods enable us to preserve and enhance the purity of the ingredients and we are thrilled that this has been recognised through our multiple awards and becoming a Great Taste Producer.

The Great Taste 1-star Welsh Redcurrant Preserve and 3-star Welsh Blackcurrant Conserve are available from local retail outlets and to purchase via our online shop Pantri Swswen and also in our gift pack trio’s and luxury hampers.

September 2021

For more information:

Contact: Lizzie


Facts and figures about Great Taste 2021:

  • Established in 1994, Great Taste is organised by the Guild of Fine Food and is the world’s largest, longest standing and most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers.
  • 14,113 different products were entered in 2021 from 108 countries.
  • 355 judges blind-tasted this year’s entries, including; Joanna Blythman, investigative journalist and food writer. Cook, writer, stylist and voice of modern vegetarian cooking Anna Jones. Author, Olia Hercules. Kenny Tutt, MasterChef 2018 champion and restaurateur. Food writer and cook, Xanthe Clay. Presenter, author and tutor, Steven Lamb. Baker and author, Martha Collison, and Kavi Thakrar from Dishoom, as well as food buyers from Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason and Partridges.
  • Socially distanced judging took place over 86 days at four venues including Guild HQ in Gillingham, Dorset and the Guild of Fine Food’s London home, No. 42 Southwark Street, SE1
  • 4,027 awarded a Great Taste 1-star – A food that delivers fantastic flavour. Approximately 30% of entries will achieve this rating each year.
  • 1,138 awarded a Great Taste 2-star – Above and beyond delicious – less than 10% of entries will achieve this rating.
  • 218 awarded a Great Taste 3-star – Extraordinarily tasty foods – less than 2% of products are awarded a 3-star each year – don’t leave the shop without buying it!

Mention in Welsh Press

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Win a Luxury Welsh Preserve Hamper

Christmas Food Gifts

We are giving away one of our luxury Welsh seasonal preserve hampers. All you need to do to be in with a chance to win is sign up to our newsletter!

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Competition Terms and Conditions

Pantri Swswen are giving away one luxury welsh seasonal preserve hamper (the competition).

The image used on the post is for illustration only. The content flavours may vary due to seasonal availability but will be equivalent to those shown.

The competition starts 1st March 2022 and finishes 00:00 31st May 2022.

The competition is open to all UK residents aged 18 years and over.

To enter the competition entrants must follow the instructions laid out in the Pantri Swswen social media posts and according to the details on our social media platforms.

One winner will be notified by the email address provided within 1 week following the closing date of the competition.

The competition prize will be one luxury welsh preserve hamper, there is no cash alternative.

Pantri Swswen reserves the right to cancel the award of the prize in the event of the non-compliance by any winner with these Terms and Conditions.

Pantri Swswen reserves the right to amend, alter or terminate this promotion at any time due to circumstances beyond its control.

Pantri Swswen accept no responsibility for entries that are illegible or lost or delayed due to technical problems. Proof of sending does not constitute proof of receipt.

Pantri Swswen shall use and take care of any personal information you supply to it in accordance with data protection legislation. By entering the competition, you agree to the usage and distribution of your personal information in order to process and contact you about your prize.

If the winning entrant doesn’t respond within 7 days of our notification email being sent the prize will be offered to another competition entrant without recourse.

This competition is in no way endorsed or administered by Facebook or Instagram.

Entry is deemed as acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.

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Shortbread Biscuits Recipe

Shortbread biscuits

You can whip up these delicious butter-rich shortbread biscuits in less than an hour. Serve on their own or for a sophisticated pudding pair with panna cotta choosing your favourite seasonal preserve to accompany your homemade dessert.

Shortbread Biscuits Recipe
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Luxury Welsh Marmalade Award 2020

luxury welsh marmalade

Gold Star Award for Luxury Welsh Marmalade

We’ve received multiple awards for our luxury welsh marmalade over the years. 2020 saw a very special 1 gold star Great Taste award for our Seville Orange & Welsh Apple Brandy Marmalade. Made with an award winning welsh apple brandy and organic Seville oranges it received some super comments from the Great Taste judges “A lovely pale orange colour and an enticing flavour.  The bitter orange and the apple brandy come through. A soft set with peel that has a good bite, creating depth in character.” “The apple brandy works well with the orange, creating a lightness and additional fresh fruitiness.” “The texture of the pith is superb and creates good bite and mouth feel, along with the true characteristics of Seville oranges.” Seville Orange & Welsh Apple Brandy Marmalade is available to purchase through our online shop The Pantry

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Great Taste Awards 2020 Pantri Swswen Press Release

Pantri Swswen is among the Great Taste winners of 2020

Great Taste, the world’s most trusted food and drink awards, has announced its stars of 2020. Out of 12,777 products sent in from 106 different countries,Pantri Swswen was awarded a1-star Great Taste award, which means judges dubbed it a food that delivers fantastic flavour.


Judged by 144 of the most discerning palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, buyers, retailers and producers, as well as food writers and journalists, Great Taste is the most coveted of all food and drink awards. As well as a badge of honour, the unmistakeable black and gold Great Taste label is a signpost to an outstanding product, which has been discovered through hours and hours of blind tasting.

This year’s winners have been found through a combination of remote judging and socially distanced judging sessions, after the lockdown began just one week into the schedule. This necessitated a swift and comprehensive reinvention of the Great Taste process to ensure that robust judging standards were maintained and the quality of feedback was not compromised. All in time to provide a much-needed boost for food and drink producers during the all-important Christmas period.

The 2020 Award Judging & Judges

Recognised as a stamp of excellence among consumers and retailers alike, Great Taste values taste above all else, with no regard for branding and packaging. Whether it is cake, coffee, kippers or kombucha being judged, all products are removed from their wrapper, jar, box or bottle before being tasted. The judges then savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of a 1-, 2- or 3-star award. There were 12,777 entries into Great Taste this year and of those products, 205 have been awarded a 3-star, 1,294 received a 2-star and 3,818 were awarded a 1-star accolade. The panel of judges this year included; cook, writer and champion of sustainable food, Melissa Hemsley. Cook, writer, stylist and voice of modern vegetarian cooking, Anna Jones. Celebrated Spanish chef, José Pizarro, Kavi Thakrar from Dishoom. Food writer and cook, Xanthe Clay, and baker and author, Martha Collison, as well as food buyers from Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason and Waitrose.

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Artisan Marmalade Awards 2020

artisan marmalade

Artisan Marmalade – handmade in Wales

Three awards in the artisan category of the Dalemain World Marmalade Awards received for our luxury welsh marmalades in 2020. 2 highly commended and a bronze award to line up with Gold and Silvers and our Great Taste gold stars. We’re so proud to receive continued prestigious recognition for the quality of our delicious marmalade and preserves year on year. Our artisan marmalade collection is available to purchase through our online shop from 2021. Luxury marmalade handmade in Wales with finest interesting Welsh ingredients such as Welsh whisky, Welsh brandy, Welsh cider and Welsh honey all with the delicious taste of Wales. Browse our seasonal marmalade collection in our online shop Pantri and choose your favourites.

Artisan Marmalade