World Class Marmalade Maker

Like many bed & breakfasts, five-star Swan House in Hastings prides itself on preparing and serving its very own marmalade. It makes all the difference to discerning guests.

But now it can well and truly celebrate as Swan House wins not just one, but two prizes, at the World’s Original Marmalade Awards in Dalemain, Cumbria. In the Hotel, B&B and Restaurant category, it was awarded bronze for its thick cut Seville Orange Marmalade, in addition to a commendation for its Whiskey Marmalade.

Co-owner Brendan McDonagh, whose idea it was to enter the awards explains: “Guests constantly tell us how much they adore our marmalade. I thought ‘better late than never’ … We may not have got best in show, but to come away with a bronze AND a commendation has us all head over heels”.

And co-owner Lionel Copley adds: “Our staff member and marmalade-maker extra-ordinaire, Christine Warrington, is particularly delighted with the news. We’re sure to have even more guests beating a pith to our door as we all know marmalade makes the world go rind …”

In its 15th year and with over 3,000 entries from 40 countries, The 2020 World Marmalade Awards and Festival, sponsored by Fortnum & Mason, would normally have taken place on 14th and 15th March at Dalemain Mansion, Cumbria, but has been postponed until later in 2020 as contestants come from all over the world. 

Participants pay to submit their entries to the competition, the proceeds of which go to Hospice at Home or a palliative care charity of the entrant’s choice. To date, more than a £250,000 has been raised for such worthy causes. 

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