Over the last few months we have been busy getting our new products
ready. We are launching Vodka & Strawberry and Gin & Raspberry. We
should have both bottled and available in our online shop by the first
week of May, and available in retailers in the weeks that follow. Both
products will be 25% ABV and initially available in 35cl bottles.
These summer fruit flavours make great 'summer sizzlers' when soda,
cream soda, lemonade or, for something a little special, champagne are
added. However just like our other flavours, great drank neat
or over ice - the traditional 'winter warmers'.
For our first batches we have used British grown fruit, and intend to
continue to do so. If all goes well some, if not all, of the raspberries
will be home grown at Northfield Farm.
Posted: April 2013
Our new project and a hint at a new product
We took over some of the garden at Northfield Farm in 2012, about the
time the water authorities were telling us about how short the water supply
was going to be in 2012, well we all know how wrong they were. The first
day we started tidying up we had a little visit from the farm's llamas. We
only grew beans last year... correction only crop that didn't fail. The
pigs have now cleared extra ground, and we have started planting raspberry
canes. If all goes well, we will get a crop of raspberries to go in one of
our new products, more on those products later. We will also be growing
some veg for Northfield Farm, providing we are more successful than last
year. You can see some pictures here .
Posted: March 2013
Damson Crop Failure
Came across this while browsing the internet, Westmoorland Gazette . We pick our Wild Damson
from trees local to us in Leicestershire, but just like the Gazette
reports, our harvest will be very poor. Our sloe harvest will also be poor.
We have a good amount of bottled stock and some frozen fruit from last
year, so next years supply should not be affected.
Posted: Sepember 2012
It may have been quiet on the website, but we have been busy in 'the
shed' making a few more batches of our liqueurs. The freezers are empty,
just in time, as we will start picking wild blackberries shortly.
We have added a few more events, including our first confirmed 2013 event, the Artisan
Cheese Fair in Melton Mowbray - May 4th & 5th May.
Posted: August 2012
2012 Events Updated
Checkout our events pages, we have just added some more events that we
will be attending. The first is just two weeks away at the Artisan Cheese
Fair in Melton Mowbray, a local event for us. You are correct we don't make
cheese, but our liqueurs, especially Sloe Gin are a great
accompaniment with cheese. www.sloeberryspirits.co.uk/events.html
Posted: April 2012
Hedgerow Spirits has changed to Sloeberry Spirits Ltd.
Hedgerow Spirits was set up in April 2011 as a "sole trader" business,
but early in 2012 we learnt that Hedgerow Spirits had been registered as a
"limited" company at Companies House. Although this registration took place
in October 2011, after our business was set up, the law regarding the use
of the company name favours the limited company over the sole trader
business, and so Sloeberry Spirits Ltd. was born.
Posted: March 2012
2012 Event Dates - so far
We are in the process of putting together our 2012 events Diary, so dont
forget to check our events page. We will be
attending the following;
East Midlands Food & Drink festival - 6th & 7th October
Melton Mowbray Victorian Fayre - 2nd Decmeber
Other events will be added once we get details and dates.
Posted: Jan 2012 - updated March 2012
We have added some gift packages to the website. These include the Sloe
Gin Chocolate Truffles, which go really well with an after dinner
Posted: Nov 2011
Sloe Gin Chocolate Truffles
Our Sloe Gin Chocolate Truffles have finally launched. Our award winning
chocolatier adds the flesh from our gin infused sloes and a little
extra sloe gin to the ganache centre, which is then hand dipped in fine
quality Belgian dark chocolate. They will be available from November to
December and for the four weeks before Easter.
Posted: Oct 2011
Sloe Gin Chocolate Truffles
The development and trials for our Sloe Gin Chocolate Truffles have now
finished. Shelf life tests are on going, but most likely we will be able to
launch these in October. Dark chocolate has been chosen,
as it was felt dark chocolate gave the best
Posted: Jul 2011
Great Food - Leicester & Rutland
An article on Hedgerow Spirits's move to Northfield Farm has been
published on the
Great Food - Leicestershire & Rutland website , as well as an
article in the magazine.
Posted: Apr 2011
Our new website launched
We are proud to announce the launch of our new website. Our new site
contains an online store allowing you to purchase delicious
Hedgerow Spirits Online.
Please take a look around our new site and view up-to-date product
outlets and upcoming events.
Posted: Apr 2011
Hedgerow Spirits - the new home of Melton Mowbray Sloe Gin
Melton Mowbray Sloe Gin has a new home and business name – Hedgerow
Spirits. We are now based in formerly disused farm buildings at Northfield
Farm, Whissendine Lane, Cold Overton, Nr. Oakham. The product will be just
the same; exactly the same flavours that customers have enjoyed in the
Posted: Jan 2011
A brief business history
Melton Mowbray Sloe Gin was launched by Rachel Birch in October 2004,
motivated by a desire to be her own boss, while at the same time giving
people a taste of what the countryside had to offer. The tradition of
making Sloe Gin had been passed on through generations of Rachel's
From the end of September through to November Rachel rallied her family
members to help with the Sloe picking on the family farm and local
hedgerows. Today, fruit is still picked from these very same hedgerows from
where fruit went into the first bottle of Melton Mowbray Sloe Gin.
Building on the success of Melton Mowbray Sloe Gin, two more products
were launched, Vodka & Blackberry and Whisky & Wild Damsons.
At the end of 2010, Rachel made the decision to pursue other interests,
and as a consequence sold the business. The business was bought by Andy
Hoyle, who following redundancy decided to try the self-employed life.
Rachel's products continue to be produced, and building on the solid
foundations created by Rachel, new products will be produced.
Posted: Jan 2011