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 tenth year, National Cream Tea Day is considered a global success. 2023 saw #NationalCreamTeaDay officially trending on Twitter, as well as a great shout out on Lorraine, on ITV from Andi Peters.
CREAM TEA SOCIETY
The Wilkin family have been farming at Tiptree, Essex, since 1757, and making quality preserves there since 1885. We grow a wide range of traditional English fruits and use them to make conserves, condiments, and other treats in our nut-free factory by the farm. We received our first Royal Warrant from George V in 1911, and remain Royal Warrant holders as purveyors of Tiptree Products to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Every member of staff is part of our Employee Benefit Trust, giving each a keen interest in the future of the business.
Our farm is LEAF Marque accredited (Linking Environment And Farming), recognising that we work sympathetically with our environment and encourage links with our local community. Fruit crops include strawberries, raspberries, mulberries, Morello cherries, rhubarb, damson, Victoria plum, greengage, quince, and the curious medlar. Where we cannot grow our own crops, we buy the best quality fruit from trusted sources, such as Seville for our marmalade oranges. Our signature fruit is the Little Scarlet strawberry, a tiny wild variety that is very difficult to grow and to harvest. We believe that we are unique in the world in growing this remarkable crop, but it is worth it for the depth of flavour that it provides.
Our products are made to cherished recipes and are free from artificial colours and flavours. We prepare our fruit by hand then cook in small batches using traditional, copper-bottomed pans. As well as our jam factory, we also have an artisan bakery and a steamed pudding factory. We supply an extensive range of conserves, marmalades, honeys, sauces, condiments, fresh fruit, teas, gift packs and Christmas puddings. Our products can be found in over sixty countries across the world, and are available in fine retailers, premium hotels and quality airlines.
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-honoured 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. 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 Asia.’
Cornish clotted cream - the food of the gods
William Gladstone 1809 - 1898