Posted: Thursday 1st February 2018
Introducing February's featured Pickled Purveyor Kate at the eye-catching Duke of York in St Werburgh's in Bristol What attracted you to working in the pub trade Kate? After a spell of working in pubs in my teens I always said I'd never do it again. I kind of fell into working at The Duke of York and 11 years later I still love it. I wouldn't work in any old pub. What achievement with your business are you most proud of ? Winning an accolade for our customers consuming a lot of pickled eggs. Which knickknack adorning your establishment has the most interesting story to tell and what is it? The coffin in the corner. It was made to measure for one of our customers, as a gift from their girlfriend. Needless to say, the relationship didn't last. Which of the Purely Pickled Eggs flavours is most popular in your pub? Scotch bonnet chilli What are customers favourite accompaniments to a Purely Pickled Egg? Salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco. Where was your favourite holiday? I've enjoyed lots of trips abroad but I love going to Cornwall. If you were on Mastermind what would your specialist subject be? Lesser known facts about JD Wetherpoons pubs. Who amongst your regular customers has a quirky characteristic and what is it? There are too many characters with quirks to pick from. We have an interesting, regular clientele What would you rather be doing than answering these questions right now? Eating lunch. What is the question you're glad I didn't ask that I can ask the next Pickled Purveyor? Come up with a new pickled egg flavour! And on that note a question thats been suggested that we ask you ‘if you were Prime Minister what pickled egg laws would you introduce’? Pickled eggs should be for the many and not the few! Just before we go, we have to ask how did the fantastic artwork on the outside of the pub come about?We ran a competition back in 2014 for the first phase. A girl called Alex won. We were so impressed we got her to do the front last year. We loved finding out more about behind the scenes at the Duke of York. What a fantastic and dedicated pickled egg hostelry! Thanks Kate.
Posted: Wednesday 18th October 2017
We're delighted to announce that the aptly named Cock Tavern in Hackney is the winner of our 2017 award for Exceptionally Dedicated Pickled Egg Missionary Work. Congratulations to everyone there! Their enthusiasm for the pickled egg is truly brilliant. We've organized a very appropriate prize- they've won their very own pub sponsored hen! This a scheme run by the British Hen Welfare Trust. The Cock got to choose a hen with a character they thought suited their pub. After much deliberation over a line up of beautiful girls the Cock chose Primrose...... Primrose is a cheeky hen! She was adopted in Cornwall in January 2016. She has developed a very distinct cluck which is more like a ‘barp’ and she’ll happily chat away to anyone (or anything!) who’ll listen. Her absolute favourite thing in the world is food. Second to that is breaking into the house where she’ll find very unique places to lay her eggs! So Primrose is now a virtual member of the Cock Tavern team. They''ll receive regular updates as to how she's getting along as well as a hen 'goodies' pack. They have already begun to consider every eventuality to keep her on the team, enquiring about having her stuffed when she passes on to the big chicken coop in the sky...its an idea! Long may their pickled egg love continue!
Posted: Thursday 14th September 2017
This month’s featured Pickled Purveyors are Jo and Andy Pearson at the Draymans Son Micropub in Ely who bare all to reveal an unbelievably shocking secret...... What attracted you to working in the victualled trade Jo? I wanted a complete change of job and my friend suggested, we should buy the Micropub, having managed a pub many years ago, it seemed like a challenge. 8 weeks later we purchased the Drayman’s. What achievement with your business are you most proud of ? We have successfully won 3 Ely & District CAMRA awards for 2 years running and have also won CAMRA County Cider Pub of the Year this year. Which knickknack adorning your establishment has the most interesting story to tell and what is it? The Fenland ice skates displayed – these belonged to Andy’s dad, who sadly died when Andy was 8 months old, a gentleman brought in some old photo’s of Andy’s dad skating locally and Andy remembered that he had the skates in the loft. Andy’s Dad was also a Drayman at the former Brewery, which would have been located just 100m away from the pub, it’s an amazing piece of history and is why the Drayman’s Son is so named in memory of his Dad. Which of the Purely Pickled Eggs flavours is most popular in your pub? That’s a difficult one, I think it’s between 3, Old School, Beetroot and Scotch Bonnet What are customers favourite accompaniments to a Purely Pickled Egg? A packet of Salt and Vinegar Crisps Where was your favourite holiday? Our most recent one in Zakinthos, although we have had some very nice holidays since our marriage 7 years ago. If you were on Mastermind what would your specialist subject be? To be honest I don’t think I’d ever make Mastermind, although Andy might, not sure what his subject would be though Who amongst your regular customers has a quirky characteristic and what is it? We have lots of quirky characters, the pubs full of them, however probably the two that stand out the most are Dyson and Messi, two dogs that love to visit the Drayman’s and in fact quite often have a sit in outside the door if their owners try to walk by. What would you rather be doing than answering these questions right now? Sitting in the garden sunbathing on such a beautiful day What is the question you're glad I didn't ask that I can ask the next Pickled Purveyor? What is your favourite pickled egg? And on that note the last interviewee suggested that we ask you ‘how quick can you eat a pickled egg’? I’m ashamed to say, I don’t like pickled eggs and therefore couldn’t eat one, sorry!!! What?? Just when things were going so well too- but we like a challenge! What a fantastic micropub you have there and thank you very much for inviting us in, we loved hearing about it. Now, about these pickled eggs.......
Posted: Monday 26th June 2017
This months featured Pickled Purveyor is Jim Pratt at The Robin Hood in St Albans. It all began with his great love of real ale and who knew where that would lead.... What attracted you to working in the victualled trade, Jim? I married the landlady! Simple as that. She took over the pub on 5th November 2015 and we were married on the 8th November. (Admirable dedication to the pint Jim!) What achievement with your business are you most proud of ? Upgrading our beer to an excellent selection of real ales. When we arrived the choice was awful and now we permanently have 3 real ales and 3 ciders on offer. We’re hoping to get The Robin Hood into CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide soon. Which knickknack adorning your establishment has the most interesting story to tell and what is it? There’s a brilliant Beryl Cook picture on the wall of a naked lady doing a striptease in a pub. We borrowed the picture from the art gallery across the road to hide the many holes in the wall from where the old electric jukebox used to be fixed before we replaced it with a floor standing retro one. That was 2016 and the art gallery hasn’t asked for it back yet! Which of the Purely Pickled Eggs flavours is most popular in the Robin Hood? Ghost Pepper Chilli takes the lead What are their favourite accompaniments to a Purely Pickled Egg? They like them either on their own or in a bag of salt and vinegar crisps Where was your favourite holiday? Porto in Portugal. We’ve enjoyed some fantastic wine tours there. (Sounds like a bit of a busman's holiday!) If you were on Mastermind what would your specialist subject be? Real ale without a doubt Who amongst your regular customers has a quirky characteristic and what is it? 2-3 times per week one customer comes in and buys 6 bottles of warm Becks at a time. He will only buy warm ones so we keep some under the bar specially. Then he takes the 6 bottles over to a seat, sits down and reads the racing pages whilst drinking his beers. What you would rather be doing than answering these questions right now? Enjoying a pint of beer and a pickled egg ofcourse! (Oh you smooth talker Jim!) What is the question you're glad I didn't ask that I can ask the next Pickled Purveyor? What are pickled eggs made of??? And on that note the last interviewee suggested that we ask you ‘What’s the most pickled eggs one customer has eaten on one night??’ I think 3 is the record! We have a group of lads from Northern Ireland who come in a couple of times a month and they have been known to polish off quite a few.... Thanks for inviting us into the Robin Hood Jim. We've thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you!
Posted: Friday 23rd June 2017
I started working for Purely Pickled Eggs in June 2016 on a one-year industrial placement as part of my BSc(Hons) degree in Food and Nutrition at Coventry University. Back then I was just a student making his first steps into the food industry but one year on, as I return to university for my final year, I feel a much more professional, responsible adult. My experience with Purely Pickled Eggs has equipped me with a strong skill set and experience to further develop my career in the food industry. Also, it has helped me develop more confidence in my work and of course given me some unforgettable memories. I got to travel all over the country and see places I would have probably never have seen otherwise. I got to be in a lot of beer festivals (maybe try an ale or two!), make new friends and last but not least combine camping with work (do you get to set up a tent as part of your work routine?). One of the most important skills I developed during this year was getting an appreciation of the business aspect of the industry. I was always very focused on the food science aspect, which I believe helped me to make some contributions in our flavor range and methods, but this year I realized how hand in hand these two aspects must go in real life.What I enjoyed most about my time here (other than the ale!) was the opportunity to design and run my own experiments, being able to contribute to New Product Development and being in a safe space where my ideas and opinions were appreciated. I feel extremely fortunate to have found a placement where I was able to combine my personal and professional development with having a genuinely good time. And I also got to eat a lot of pickled eggs! Note from Sue, Pickling Director and Dave, Jar-Wallah: We thoroughly enjoyed having Van with us, seeing him develop in confidence and ability and Purely Pickled Eggs is a better business for having known him. We look forward to hearing all about his future successes and hope he will continue to leave a trail of pickled egg converts in his wake!
Posted: Wednesday 21st December 2016
What do they all have in common? They were all part of the beautiful wedding day of Laura and Andrew earlier this year as featured by Brides Up North in their wedding blog. The couple are ardent pickled egg lovers and we were so pleased to be a part of their big day!
Posted: Saturday 21st February 2015
"We've outgrown our production kitchen. We've outgrown our warehouse. So we're on the move! And Number 15 is where its all going to happen in 2015, alongside a ready made pickling community! Watch the story unfold....."
Posted: Thursday 19th February 2015
Pete, landlord of the Salutation Inn at Ham voted Best Pub in Britain 2014. A genuinely brilliant pub! With the help of a magnifying glass you might just be able to spot the very familiar jar of fruity balsamic pickled eggs in the background?
Well done Pete!
Posted: Monday 29th September 2014
Some people like to eat their pickled egg slowly, relishing every mouthful. Others prefer to down them in one. And then there are those who like to wear them!
Posted: Saturday 27th September 2014
Great to see us featured in the Daily Mail this week. Thanks Melissa!
Posted: Friday 26th September 2014
Posted: Monday 21st July 2014
Thanks to everyone who came and visited us on our stand at the BBC Good Food Show at the NEC in June. Our three new flavours went down a storm and great to see us included in Angelina Cupcake's blog from the event. The highlight of the event has to be meeting Jacques and getting a feathered perspective on our three new, gluten-free flavours! What do you think he's saying?
Posted: Wednesday 11th June 2014
Congratulations to Glenn Marvell - James who wins two tickets to the Summer BBC Good Food Show to come and visit us on our stand and collect a gift pack of our three new flavours. As drawn by Mike, the landlord at the Pelican Inn, Gloucester - a purveyor of our pickled eggs - at their hugely successful Real Ale Festival and ably assisted by the lovely Katrina! Thank you to everyone who entered the competition.
Posted: Tuesday 10th June 2014
It may have been a little damp but that didnt stop the fun! Or the pickled egg eating!
Posted: Monday 9th June 2014
We had a great day with our competition winners, Allington Farm Shop at their Cherished Vehicles and Farm Fun Day. The sun shone and George, our very own cherished vehicle was much admired! Thanks Naomi for looking after us so well.
Posted: Thursday 20th March 2014
We're delighted to have teamed up with Pipers Crisps to offer their deliciously moreish potato crisps - made by farmers y'know - as an accompaniment to our version of Ye Olde English Street Food. What could be better food-to-go than crunchy sea salted Pipers crisps with your favorite flavour of pickled egg on the top?
Oh - that's an easy one to answer - crunchy sea salted Pipers crisps with two of your favorite flavour pickled eggs on the top. Doh!
Have a look and find out where we are popping up out On The Road near you.
Posted: Monday 23rd December 2013
Sue wishes to send a HUGE thank you to all the customers, suppliers, distributors, family and friends who have helped to make 2013 such an amazing first year for Purely Pickled Eggs. It has been a wonderful roller coaster of a year. Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and the very best for 2014.... very much looking forward to working with you next year!
Posted: Monday 23rd December 2013
....... Just one small catch ! But didnt they do well!
Posted: Friday 27th September 2013
The Salutation Inn at Ham, near Berkeley known by locals as the Sally launched their new Purely Pickled Egg bar snacks with an impromptu pickled egg festival last weekend. They went down a storm! And go just wonderfully with the Sally's Ham rolls .....which come with cheese, no ham - not to be confused with their Ham ham rolls which come with ham....ofcourse!
Posted: Monday 16th September 2013
We are very excited about our new online shop, hosted by the wonderful Big Barn initiative which means that you can now buy pickled eggs from the comfort of your home and have them delivered direct to your door - or as a lovely surprise to someone else. Happy shopping!
Posted: Saturday 14th September 2013
Purely Pickled Eggs had an amazing three days at the Speciality & Fine Food Fair at Olympia on the 8-10th September meeting food lovers from so many different backgrounds and specialisms. And they loved our pickled eggs!
Posted: Wednesday 29th May 2013
Purely Pickled Eggs hit new heights of success this weekend at the Welsh Perry and Cider Festival at Caldicot Castle. The pickled egg solo with crisps seemed to go down a treat with cider drinkers of all shapes and sizes.
Posted: Wednesday 1st May 2013
You tell us of a shop near you that you think should stock Purely Pickled Eggs, we ask them and if they say yes, you go in that months draw for a free jar of eggs. April’s delighted winner was Mrs P of Queen Camel. Thank you Mrs P and thank you Steve of Stephens Butchers in Glastonbury. Keep them coming!
Posted: Sunday 7th April 2013
Clifton Chilli Club post independent review of chilli- flavoured Purely Pickled Eggs on Youtube. Thanks guys – awesome!