Last night Team Ready went along to the Taste of Bath Business Gifting Launch. We met so many fantastic local companies that we knew we had to feature them in a Best of the West special!
TASTE OF BATH
We can’t talk about the best of Bath without mentioning Taste of Bath, the reason we got to meet so many of these amazing local producers.
Taste of Bath is a hamper company supplied by the best artisan producers in Bath and the surrounding area. Packaged in beautiful handmade wooden apple crates or fantastically presented sleek black boxes, Taste of Bath hampers can be sent anywhere in the UK.
Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood and his wife Lesley originally set up Colonna to provide lovingly crafted coffees at events around the UK. Travelling far and wide, the couple brewed espresso through the night for revellers at music festivals and rain-soaked crowds at regattas.
This was fun, but they quickly wanted a physical space to build something special for people to visit, as well as creating a hub to explore coffee. The fruit of this vision is the store Colonna and Small’s in Bath, which is dedicated to showcasing coffee as a drink full of flavour, complexity and experience.
Bath Gin is made using 100% British grain spirit and pot-distilled using 10 botanicals including bitter orange, kaffir leaf and English coriander.
Floral, tangy citrus and deep spice notes are followed by a mild sweetness, creating a light, aromatic and balanced gin that is at once warm, intelligent, soft and sophisticated… much like Jane Austen herself, who winks mischievously from the label.
Now in their third year, Somerset Charcuterie are going through up to a tonne of pork a week. Everything is handmade and will remain that way in order to preserve the artisan texture, flavours and look.
They are committed to producing the best product with the best of Somerset ingredients, and are regularly found in markets across Somerset and Bristol, at festivals around the country, in pubs, restaurants and delis.
It has been a fantastic success story so far and we look forward to seeing what else this brilliant local company will get up to.
THE ORGANIC CAKE COMPANY
Jessica from The Organic Cake Company turned her passion into a business after training at Le Cordon Bleu, London.
Why organic? Well, it isn’t all about the taste. The Organic Cake Company stands for the benefits that organic brings to the environment, soil and wildlife; the positive impact on those individuals involved with organic farming; and also the consumption of less hidden chemicals.
We particularly loved their salted caramel brownies at the Taste of Bath event. Yum!
Bath is famous for its water. People have been coming here for millennia to sup the magical waters of Sulis. Georgians came here to seek pleasure and healing, and now the thermae spa attracts thousands of tourists to bathe in the natural thermal water.
However, the sulphurous water isn’t the most thirst quenching, even though it is said to have healing properties. The thermal water’s source lies in the Mendip Hills just outside Bath, and it is here that Bath Water is bottled, directly from the source on organic land.
It is a truly refreshing drop that deserves to be enjoyed by thirsty folk up and down the country. Best of luck to Bath Water in their quest to make that happen!