Belvoir Fruit Farm was simply that - a fruit farm - until in 1984 owner Lord John Manners’ wife Mary began making elderflower cordial for her family, using flowers picked from the hedgerows around the farm. Friends and neighbours would beg steal or ‘borrow’ bottles until the popularity of the product saw the production of a few cases of the elderflower in small hand-made batches which were sold local shops.
By the late-1980’s, Lord John was producing a range of cordials using soft fruits from the Farm’s fruit fields, pressed in an antique French wine press. Organic production began with the planting of 90 acres of organic elderflowers in the spring of 1995. Nestling in the beautiful Vale of Belvoir, the elder bushes grow very well and produced the first commercial harvest of flowers in 1998. Elderflower cordial was then followed by other organic cordials, and production is still expanding today.
The business is now run by Peverel Manners, son of the founders, who continues to use fruit from local fruit farmers and highly reputed importers of, for instance, fresh Ginger and fresh Lemon Grass. The fruits and flowers are squeezed, crushed, pressed, cooked or infused on site to keep their freshness and taste.
Address: Belvoir Fruit Farms
Tel: 01476 870286
from Leicestershire Food and Drink by Rupert Matthews
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- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: The History Press Ltd (1 Jun 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0752448633
- ISBN-13: 978-0752448633
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 1 x 23.1 cm