A while ago I was sent some goodies from The English Provender Co, and as I absolutely love chutney, I couldn’t wait to try them.
The English Provender Co was founded almost 40 years ago by John Curwin and his wife and specialises in chutneys and pickles. I received a selection of their chutneys, which are packaged in pretty glass jars and “are inspired by our classic recipes to create timeless and more contemporary chutneys that help to make the everyday a little more special.” Despite what you think, chutney isn’t just for pappadums and samosas – it also goes well with cheese, cold meat, salads, quiches and sandwiches. You can even use chutney as a dipping sauce.
The first chutney I tried was the Plum & Apple Chutney, which I added to a cheddar cheese sandwich. The chutney was very sweet and fruity, with a slightly savoury aftertaste. The ginger and star anise give this chutney a festive feel – perfect for this time of year.
Second up, we have the Caramelised Red Onion Chutney. I’m not actually that keen on onion, but I do love caramelised onion, and this chutney was delicious. The English Provender Co recommend that you pair their Caramelised Red Onion Chutney with a strong hard cheese like mature cheddar or a strong blue cheese like Stilton.
The last chutney I sampled was the Hot Chilli & Red Pepper Chutney. I was a bit hesitant to try this one as I don’t like really spicy food, but the chilli wasn’t as powerful as I thought. However, I didn’t like the Hot Chilli & Red Pepper Chutney as much as the other two – it’s a bit too bitter for me.
Overall, I really liked The English Provender Co chutneys and I’d recommend them. If you’ve still got some Christmas presents left to buy, be sure to check out The English Provender Co. Their chutneys are great as a stocking filler or as part of a hamper, and you can find them for under £1.50 at most supermarkets, including Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury’s.
Disclaimer: I was sent the chutney to review. All opinions are my own.