The World’s Original Marmalade Awards & Festival at Dalemain Mansion, Cumbria

Here at Plas Efenechtyd Cottage B&B we serve a great breakfast. As well as eggs from our hens and jams from the garden, we serve homemade marmalade. And each year for the last 3 years we’ve entered The World’s Original Marmalade Awards at Dalemain Mansion in the Lake District.

Highest accolade so far has been a Commendation for orange marmalade with Welsh honey. This year, many new recipes were tried and tested. Most were found wanting. A few went to an informal tasting session and finally, after much discussion, debating, arguing, consideration, deliberation and cogitation two flavours were finally chosen: grapefruit with Amaretto and the secret weapon, orange and cranberries.

Judging takes place around St David’s Day. This year we may win a medal. Or we may get nothing. Again. Rest assured that if a medal this way comes, everybody, and I mean everybody will know about it.

Watch this space.