Friday, 8 August 2014

Summer Holiday Message

We are on a much needed holiday until 24th August but there are lots of exciting things happening soon: keep a look out for the results of this year's Great Taste Awards on 11th August...

Please send any orders to and they will be fulfilled in the last week of August.

Finally, we will be launching our online shop in September: AT LAST!

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Country Life

A rather lovely article about us appeared in Country Life magazine this week, 19th February 2014. If you would like to order from us after reading this article, just give us a call:

Country Life 19.2.2014

Monday, 16 December 2013

We are Moving!

Yes indeed, after four years of being based jointly at Womersley in Yorkshire and the Cotswolds, we will be based solely in Chipping Norton in the Cotswolds from January.
The reasons are set out below:

News from Rupert Parsons - owner of Womersley Fruit & Herb Vinegars

Change of supplier
At the end of August, our production partner suddenly experienced insurmountable problems resulting in the immediate closure of their premises.
I am sure you will understand that the past few weeks have been very stressful for all of us at Womersley as we have strived to find solutions to the inevitable challenges arising. Fortunately we have already found a highly reputable production partner based in the South West of England. They have now started making our special fruit and herb vinegars by hand. We are very fortunate to find a supplier who already produces some of the UK’s leading food brands and has an excellent, longstanding reputation for high quality and reliability. The initial batches already taste better than ever!
Good News: 
our 5 most popular vinegars are back in full production and the remainder of the range will be produced from January.
Business relocation
With the totally unexpected need to move production to the South West, I have made the inevitable decision to manage Womersley from my office in the Cotswolds with effect from 8th January 2014. Our Yorkshire office will remain open until the close of business for the Christmas/New Year break on Friday 20th December.
We are looking forward to carrying on the family business from our home in the New Year. We are proud of the work that Wendy and Sue have done to help us build on our Yorkshire heritage and our new location will help us to spread the word about Womersley vinegars outside Yorkshire even more effectively. 

The future is bright
We are determined to turn adversity into advantage for everyone involved with Womersley. We are making further improvements to our already superb quality and consistency standards and we have an exciting new product development programme for 2014. We are also looking forward to providing recipe cards and a much better website to help you get the best from your favourite fruit vinegars.
If you would like to know any more about our plans or have any questions, please use our new contact details, below: 

Womersley Fruit & Herb Vinegars Ltd, 37 Park Road, Chipping Norton OX7 5PA
+44 (0)1608 646445        

In the meantime, we wish you a very fruity and Happy Christmas. 

Friday, 6 December 2013


We are very sorry to report that, due to circumstances out of our control, we will be unable to exhibit at Abergavenny Food Festival on Sunday. 
If you would like to place an order with us instead, please either write to or call us on 01132 865855.

This is a temporary situation and we really look forward to seeing you again next year. In the meantime, have a very Happy Christmas.

Friday, 4 October 2013

Telegraph Magazine

Tomorrow, we will be featured in the Telegraph Magazine! The Blackberry harvest has been good this year and the Telegraph are showing a small family business who use blackberries for such a delicious vinegar.

The online version is already available on the Telegraph site if you would like to have a read. The photographer came to take pictures of me in my home town of Chipping Norton and used one of me in front of the Soda deli for the article, my local Womersley stockist.
We have a few great online shops if this article inspires you enough to want to buy a bottle and you will find those on our Where to Buy page. We also have over 400 outlets around the UK and you can find your nearest using the map on our website. From next Spring, we hope to have our own online shop. Do sign up to our Newsletter if you would like to be kept in touch with the timing for that.

Lastly, do rest assured that, unlike the wording in the article, we don't just "chuck all the ingredients into a bucket," we put them in very carefully...


Sunday, 15 September 2013

Abergavenny and Thame Food Festivals

It is that time of year again, when we brave the Autumn weather to see you all at two of the best food festivals. Next weekend is the very popular Abergavenny Food Festival and then, on Saturday 28th, it is Thame Food Festival. See you there, all fruity and vinegared!

Monday, 29 July 2013

Yorkshire Day

Join us for a spot of welly-wanging and flat cap flinging as well as some excellent chef demos on Yorkshire day at Wentbridge House this Thursday. You can stock up on vinegars for the Summer, too!

Monday, 15 July 2013


Last year's show was rained off, but this year's looks like being hot and sunny. Just as we did when the show was at Blenheim in 2011, we will be showing our fruit vinegars with Cotswold Gold rapeseed oil. Charlie from Cotswold Gold has just been awarded Cotswold Food Hero at the Cotswold Life Food Awards, so we are very proud to be sharing with him.

The show is from 19th-21st July at Ragley Hall, Alcester not far from Stratford-upon-Avon

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Raw Asparagus Salad Recipe

Unlike last year, the busiest time in the Summer food show season is being blessed with golden English sunshine. So, it was with a cheery bounce in my step that I recently set off for the inaugural Newbury Food Festival.

I knew that this show would be special since I had already arranged a cookery demonstration with our Lemon, Basil, Bay & Juniper Vinegar. Having corresponded a few times over the years with award-winning blogger, Caroline Taylor, this was the first opportunity we had to meet and for me to introduce Caroline to our whole range. Do take a look at her site, All that I'm Eating, where you will find some beautiful food photography doing justice to some interesting recipes like Elderberry and Apple Turnovers and Spring Green and Bacon Potato cakes. Also there is an asparagus recipe which Caroline adapted to take advantage of the depth of flavour of our vinegar, thus:

Raw Asparagus Salad with
Lemon, Basil, Bay & Juniper Vinegar

Photo courtesy of Caroline Taylor
You will need (for two):

A bunch of asparagus
Rapeseed Oil
Old Winchester (or Parmesan)
Womersley Lemon, Bay, Basil and Juniper Vinegar
Black pepper

Remove the woody ends of the asparagus but leave enough to hold on to. 
Peel the asparagus from stem to tip, keep the stems (non woody) for making into a soup, or if you’re feeling really adventurous a soufflĂ© or sorbet. 
Pile all your peelings into a bowl, drizzle over some rapeseed oil, the Womersley vinegar, pepper and a healthy shaving of Old Winchester. 


Monday, 24 June 2013

Ceviche in Cheltenham

Grandfa and Oliver
Food shows come and food shows go. As an exhibitor, you don't always know what to expect: plenty of opportunity to catch up with fellow exhibitors, a mad panic to protect your stock from being ruined in a downpour of English weather or lots of enthusiastic people eager to talk about artisan food production.  And so it was in Cheltenham last weekend where I attended the Food Festival for the first time...

On the way there very early on the first morning of three, I had time to work out that it was fully 29 years since I had been at school at Cheltenham College. Maybe I should not have been so surprised to find myself having become a grandfather to a very beautiful boy called Oliver in the same week!

The festival was in the beautiful setting of Montpellier Gardens. We were in a large marquee surrounded by lots of other lovely producers like Cotswold Gold, Grumpies Pies (thanks for the lunch!) and Artisan Smokehouse who use maple for all their smoking, which makes particularly their smoked duck taste really sweet and tender. Being practically unique, we rarely find ourselves having to compete with many other fruit vinegar producers so we enjoy talking to people about how to use them and how to be creative in the kitchen with a good glug of our vinegars. When possible, though, we try to ensure our vinegars are included in the cookery theatre or we work with a local chef to showcase a recipe. I had recently met a charming fellow called Wayne Sullivan at an event at the impressive herb and micro leaf growers, Westlands, near Evesham and found out he is a head chef in Cheltenham, so I asked if he would like to do a demonstration on our stand on the Sunday. He loved the idea and, fresh from having moved house, he turned up with his whole family to show just how easy it is to make a delicious salmon ceviche. And, being a chef, this was also a great opportunity for visitors to ask questions about food preparation and mixing flavours and what is ceviche! (Ceviche is, put simply, raw fish marinated in citrus juice or vinegar and spices; the acid in the juice denatures the proteins in the meat in much the same way as cooking would. The flesh becomes opaque, the texture firmer and dryer, yet the flavours remain spanking fresh. Naturally, our vinegars do the job beautifully).
So, on a day off from his role as Head Chef at the local Storyteller Restaurant, Wayne made a delicious salmon ceviche with our Strawberry & Mint vinegar and finished with our Lime, Black Pepper & Lavender for a punchy sourness.

Salmon Ceviche with
Strawberry & Mint and
Lime, Black Pepper & Lavender
by Wayne Sullivan

200g fresh salmon, diced as fine as you can make it
1 red chilli, finely sliced up to the seeds (or a little further up for more spice)
1 whole spring onion, finely sliced
10g coriander, finely chopped.
1 lime, zested & quartered
Sea salt
10ml Womersley Strawberry & Mint vinegar
Toasted ciabatta, crackers, biscuits (anything crispy)
Womersley Lime, Black pepper & Lavender Vinegar (for drizzle before serving)

Prepare all ingredient in a bowl as fine as you can as this will ensure the vinegar can infuse, cure and tenderise.
Try not to prepare too far in advance but the longer you leave it then the more cured the fish will be.
Simply spoon small quantities on to pieces of toasted ciabatta, drizzle over the Lime, Black Pepper & Lavender vinegar and serve.

This recipe was inspired by Wayne's time as head chef at Storyteller, an eclectic fusion restaurant in Cheltenham that blends traditional Californian cooking with modern and European techniques.
After training at a local college, Wayne worked his way around Gloucestershire, fronting up some premier kitchens as well as working for a while in Australia. He then went on to stage at Petrus under Marcus Wareing, and over in the United States at Wheatleigh Hotel, in Lenox, Massachusetts.

A big fan of Sat Bains, Richard Davies and Daniel Clifford, his ultimate goal is to have his own little place where he can cook food that people will come from all over to eat, preferably by the sea.
You can follow Wayne at 
Wayne Sullivan