As fans of our award-winning Bermondsey Street Honey and our Suffolk Coastal Honey know, we sell out very quickly every year. Now, alongside the honey we make, we’re launching two curated labels, Union & Metro. They offer our personal selection of glorious urban and country honeys from small producers who share our passion for sustainable beekeeping, healthy bees and raw honey. Released in limited editions, every jar comes from a single source and is marked with its individual provenance.
BERMONDSEY STREET HONEY WINS TWO ‘GREAT TASTE’ AWARDS
Our award-winning Bermondsey Street Honey has won another two accolades – in the 2015 Great Taste Awards. The liquid honey came in for special praise from the judges who said “This is a wonderful honey” noting its tastes of “Caramel, citrus notes and herbal hints.” Our jars will be proudly bearing the Great Taste stickers!
Michelin–starred chef Tom Aikens asked our Consultancy arm, Apis, to set up an apiary for him at the new Soho Farmhouse and to mentor his chefs and gardeners as trainee beekeepers. The entire Farmhouse project started from a green field site and the six hive installation had to worked around massive building and landscaping works. This idyllic Oxfordshire retreat is now open for business, as is the apiary. The bees play a major role in Soho Farmhouse’s carefully designed eco-system, pollinating the orchards and kitchen gardens and putting home-produced honey on the breakfast table.
ORGANISING BAJAN HONEY TASTING – AT SANDY LANE, BARBADOS
Everywhere we travel, we connect with local beekeepers and visiting Barbados we’ve discovered that bees there are a well-kept secret. So much so that even the Executive Chefs at the world-famous Sandy Lane resort had never had the opportunity to taste Bajan honeys. We took a selection of hard-won samples to meet Executive Chef Brian Porteus at Sandy’s Lane kitchen for a taste tour of the island‘s robustly spicy honeys. more >
BBC Radio 4 Producer Pete Ross visited our Bermondsey Street hives recently to record a rooftop interview with Dale for the Saturday Live show. Fitting Pete’s recording equipment inside a bee suit was an unexpected challenge. more >
Bermondsey Street Bees is participating in “CSI pollen”, the Europe wide study of the diversity of pollen sources collected by honeybees. We’ve fitted pollen traps to our hives and will be analysing and submitting data to this important bee health research programme. more >
As active campaigners for London forage, we were delighted to be invited to attend a meeting of Berlin’s beekeepers at the State Parliament. It was a fascinating insight into both shared concerns and challenges unique to Berlin’s beekeeping community . more >
Designed by top garden designer Joe Swift, King’s College new Greenwood Theatre ‘pocket park’ had many local contributors including London Bridge BID. An oasis for people, it’s also a lush new resource for our Bermondsey Street bees. more >
Premise: We are fervent advocates of science-led discovery of the wonders of the bees’ existence. We also feel that the availability of sustainable sources of forage is the primary consideration in maintaining healthy and productive apiaries. That is why we organise local pollinator-friendly plantings, have developed our proprietary Apis Forage Index to measure available forage in a specific location and now participate in programmes to further academic studies of apis mellifera. We get involved.