About Tiptree and Rodda's Clotted Cream
The Cream Tea Society was official formed in February 2015, when Tiptree and Rodda's Clotted Cream came together to creating an official occasion to bring people together over a cream tea. With both organisations dedicated to community giving and also large supporters of various charitie, the idea for National Cream Tea Day was born - a day dedicated to the love of cream teas whilst raising money for worthy causes.
Now in its fifth year, National Cream Tea Day is considered a global success. 2018 saw #NationalCreamTeaDay officially trending on Twitter with the likes of Dawn French, Nigella Lawson and Ant & Dec jumping in the ‘jam first’ debate. Even Grant Harrold – the Royal Butler – cast his ‘cream first’ vote.
CREAM TEA SOCIETY
Fruit growers and producers of good food, Wilkin & Sons Ltd have been making Strawberry Conserve in the village of Tiptree since 1885. Their farms in the heart of the Essex countryside provide a rich harvest of soft fruit such as the famous Little Scarlet strawberry, stone fruit (cherries, damsons and Victoria plums) and a selection of unusual fruits that make amazing jams and jellies (quince, medlar and mulberries).
The jam making business started by Mr Arthur Charles Wilkin in June 1885 has evolved and expanded with Tiptree preserves being enjoyed in more than sixty countries, on major airlines, first class hotels and on cruise liners. You are never far from a jar of Tiptree and a reminder of the rich tradition of English summer fruit, perfect for afternoon tea.
Traditional methods supported by sophisticated equipment ensure that the quality of the fruit entering the factory is kept to the highest standard: all fruit is checked by hand before it is processed, oranges are still split by hand and the delicate mulberries each have the central core removed by a small team of dedicated ladies who cut the cores with tiny scissors.
In 1890, great-great-grandmother Eliza Jane Rodda started making Cornish clotted cream in her farmhouse kitchen in the heart of Cornwall. The business, now in its fifth generation, is still crafting clotted cream in the very same way it did all those years ago; through cherished family recipes and time-honored traditions.
Clotted cream is so special it has become a treasured Cornish export.
Following a long five-year campaign spearheaded by the Rodda family, Cornish clotted cream gained Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status in 1998 to join the prestigious ranks of Champagne, Stilton cheese and Parma ham.
Rodda's use the very best Cornish milk, which is sourced from directly from Cornish farmers within a 30-mile radius of our Creamery. It gives our cream that rich golden colour.
Rodda’s is now considered the most loved clotted cream brand in the world, being enjoyed from Land’s End to John O’ Groats and as far away as Australia and Asia.’
Cornish clotted cream - the food of the gods
William Gladstone 1809 - 1898