Friday 25 November 2011 7.04pm
As the beekeeper responsible for Bermondsey Street
Honey, I appreciate your interest. Sad to say, this year’s honey sold out a while ago, so a honey-hunting trip to Cave may be in vain.
I’m sure that it’s no secret that honey is a seasonal product with many variables affecting the outcome. Bermondsey Street
Honey is produced from a high-health apiary in limited quantities. It is all sold locally: to Bermondsey Street
’s veteran Delfina
restaurant for use in their kitchen and, at the other end of the street, in Cave
, the new flower/wine/chocolate arrival, at retail. My little joke is that we use “food yards”, not food miles, when talking about Bermondsey Street
Honey, since both locations are within 150 yards of the apiary.
Anyway, to answer your question, AndyABC is about right - the honey retailed at £12.50 per jar (around £35 / kg) until it was awarded the “Best Honey In London” award at the National Honey Show in October 2011 , around when the retailer’s price (not mine!) increased to £15 per jar (£45 / kg). Unfortunately, my bees’ production is limited to my rooftop capacity, so cannot be scaled up significantly.
And it’s not cheap – let me be clear: you can get a “blend of EC and non-EC honeys” in squeezy plastic from Tesco’s for just £2.60 per unit (£7.80 / kg), - the choice is yours. Artisanal quality comes at a cost. The nice thing is that you don’t have to buy Bermondsey Street
Honey – but you may be pleasantly surprised if you do!
The bees are now taking their winter break. Between now and July 2012, when I hope to have Bermondsey Street
Honey back on the shelves, you can find out more at www.bermondseystreetbees.co.uk
Finally, a big thank you from the bees to SE1’s gardeners, park-keepers and allotment holders – great job, guys !