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  • Launching our limited edition ‘Fair’ offers

      We are delighted to launch our Christmas 2020 ‘Fair offers’, with 10% of sales being donated to our charity partner FCN (The Farming Community Network). Christmas fairs are a huge part of Summerdown’s calendar and it’s where many of you discovered Summerdown for the first time.  Sadly due to the pandemic, there are no …

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  • BBC radio 4’s “On the farm”

      If you were up with the larks listening to “On the farm” (BBC Radio 4, Sunday 25th October, 6.35am), you’ll have heard Anna Jones chatting to our very own Jo Colman, farm manager Ian Margetts and Summerdown founder Sir Michael Colman about our farm and how we grow and distil our prized Black Mitcham …

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  • Summerdown showstopping recipes

    Lucy’s Summerdown Mint chocolate mint brownies – makes 12 This recipe is perfect as a pudding, or just a treat on a cold and blustery day! It’s also easy on the washing up – you only use one bowl! INGREDIENTS 150g dark chocolate (70%) 50g Summerdown Crisp Discs OR Thins 175g salted butter 280g caster …

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  • Summerdown scoops 7 Great Taste Awards

      What a start to the week! We’re totally thrilled to have heard the great news from the Guild of Fine Food yesterday that Summerdown has scooped 7 new awards for our chocolates and teas in the 2020 Great Taste Awards. Our peppermint creams, dominoes, crisps, Heritage fondants and Heritage crisp discs all won the …

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  • 25 years of distilling peppermint oil

      We’re celebrating 25 years of distilling our pure, single-estate Black Mitcham peppermint oil, the star ingredient that makes all our award-winning chocolates, teas and treats so special. Back in 1995, founder Sir Michael Colman travelled to America in search of Black Mitcham peppermint – an extraordinary plant prized for its pure bright, character. Once …

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  • Make mint & lavender bath salts at home

    We were delighted to be part of Country Living magazine’s ‘Celebrate Summer at home’ event this weekend. On 8th and 9th August, Country Living brought their readers and fans a line-up of fun, inspiring, hands-on activities to get involved in at home – from foraging for the perfect G&T, to making the perfect at home …

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  • Hampshire not Provence

      Summerdown were thrilled to be included in Hampshire Life’s feature on Hampshire Lavenders growers alongside fellow local producers and friends Long Barn and New Forest aromatics.  Not only do we grow and distill peppermint and camomile, we also grow lavender for its essential oil.  

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  • Summerdown in Country Living

      We are so excited to be featured in the August issue of Country Living. The six page article really captures the magic of Summerdown and explains the story behind the brand through beautiful photography and words. Why not sit back and relax with your favourite cup of peppermint tea whilst you enjoy 30 minutes …

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  • Spotlight on local stores

      All hail the local retailer. What an incredible job they’ve been doing during lockdown by supporting local communities; working around the clock to meet local needs whilst adapting their services and feeding the nation. Summerdown wanted to say thank you to these lesser known stores who don’t have big advertising and marketing budgets. We …

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  • Cool down with these two delicious recipes

      Summerdown Mint Iced tea Make your usual cup of Summerdown mint tea and then cool in the fridge. Add a slice of lemon and ice cube for a delicious thirst quencher.   Summerdown Mint choc chip ice cream We’ve found the easiest way to make this is to follow a basic vanilla ice cream …

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  • Summerdown in Hampshire Life

      We are delighted to feature in this month’s Hampshire Life magazine. The ‘Thrings eats’ feature is brought to readers by Thrings and the Countryside Education Trust in their search for those at the heart of Hampshire’s food-producing community. Sue Cornall, a legal director in Thrings’ Residential Property team, speaks to Jo Colman, our head …

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  • A natural mood booster

    This Mental Health Awareness week, we wanted to share the natural powers of peppermint. Known to have many therapeutic effects, one of these is its ability to lift moods. In April 2016, researchers from the University of Northumbria’s Department of psychology published their findings that peppermint enhanced and aroused both mood and cognition, helping to improve …

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