HAWKSHEAD Relish and Kendal’s English Lakes Ice Cream have joined forces to create two deliciously decadent ice cream flavours.

Launching at the Farm Shop and Deli Show, Birmingham, (April 24-26), the two new luxurious flavours are: Seville Orange Marmalade and Rhubarb & Ginger Crumble.

Both flavours are currently only available to hospitality, catering and leisure customers in either four litre packs or Napoli catering packs. One litre retail packs will be available shortly, with an anticipated release date of June 2023.

These two innovative multi-award-winning Lake District food producers had been meaning to collaborate for quite a while however the pandemic got in the way.

After an initial conversation between Jonathan Robb MD of Hawkshead Relish and James Stephens MD of English Lakes Ice Cream at the Lakes Hospitality Show in 2022,  the two businesses got the ball rolling and set about working their magic.

The Westmorland Gazette: Seville orange ice cream.Seville orange ice cream. (Image: Lucy Barden)

After numerous taste tests between the two teams they decided to work with Rhubarb & Ginger Jam, a sweet and sticky jam made with locally sourced rhubarb and a touch of heat from fresh ginger and Seville Orange Marmalade.

They were then paired with simple natural ingredients by English Lakes Ice Cream’s development team to create two luxurious dairy ice creams made from local fresh organic milk and cream, sourced from Red Tractor assured Morphet Farms at Swarthmoor.

Mr Stephens said: "We’re always looking to add to the range of flavours  we offer, and we’ve wanted to collaborate with Hawkshead Relish for a while.

"The opportunity presented itself and we then got our heads together to incorporate their products with ours to create several distinctive flavours, that would not only help promote what both companies are doing in their respective fields, but also the quality of the produce being created across the county."

Maria Whitehead, co-owner of Hawkshead Relish, said: "James and I have a similar approach to business so it seemed natural for us to look at how we might work together. When we began shaping ideas it didn’t take us long to develop our thoughts into two perfectly complementary flavour profiles.

"There’s no doubt that sweet and sticky rhubarb with a little added heat from fresh ginger and the zesty citrus flavours of Seville oranges sit perfectly mixed through the rich creamy ice creams English Lakes produce.

"As a result of this successful collaboration we are now looking at further opportunities to work together and develop even more tantalising ice cream flavour combinations in the coming months.’’