2015 Taste of the West Awards

1 Gold

1 Silver

1 Highly Commended

Since 1984
Over 30 years of preserve making by the same family!

Still hand-made in small batches, hand-filled, hand-labelled and personally delivered to our customers!

Look out for our new products to be introduced during the year. Visit us at one of the
shows to see the full range.

Brendon Hill Crafts was founded over 30 years ago, by Liz & David
Jessup, as a cottage industry on the eastern edge of Exmoor, and close
to the iron ore mine which we use as a logo on our labels. The business
originally produced fudge, truffles and home-made preserves, although
gradually the preserves took over full time. When Liz & David Jessup
reached retirement age, we took a decision not to let the successful
business disappear, and gave up our jobs to continue the family
operation.


Over the last 11 years, we have enjoyed a great deal of support from new
and existing customers, and the business has flourished. We now operate
from a purpose-designed kitchen on the edge of Barnstaple, cooking in
small pans that produce 20-25 jars at a time. Jars are hand-filled,
hand-labelled, and personally delivered to our customers over the whole
of the Exmoor, West Somerset and North Devon area, as well as further
afield occasionally. We supply a variety of farm shops, village stores,
delis and tourist attractions, as well as tea rooms, hotels and
B&Bs, who use our products.


We attend a variety of shows and events throughout the year - see " Events" to find our next outing.
A fuller history of Brendon Hill Crafts was published in the Exmoor Review and can be read here.


Customer Praise
    Greetings, and I abase myself before your excellence.
    I've been given a jar of your whortleberry jam.
    I've not enjoyed a taste like that since I was a child in the early 50s when I used to accompany my grandmother, and the other women of Porlock, whort picking for, I believe, 3d a quart.
    I learnt (over several years) to "comb" the bushes efficiently, as baskets containing leaves were always rejected.
    The high point of this annual event was always the communal tea with fresh bread, (scones were considered a "furren" affectation), local clotted cream and the previous year's whort jam.
    Food of the gods! ......and yours is just as good.
    Thanks for so poignantly evoking such precious memories, and don't you dare stop making it!
        Yours,
            Peter Smith


The full range of our preserves and stationery can be found at The Exmoor Producers Shop, Friday Street, Minehead.