Living Heritage still in our Shops
The Best in England for Centuries
Genuine Tewkesbury Mustard has been raved about by celebrities including William Shakespear and heralded as the nations best for centuries.
It's still made in Tewkesbury, an outstanding example of Tewkesbury's living heritage and available in our shops (eg: the 1471 Delicatessen - see the example jar left)
Today there's a wide range of genuine Tewkesbury Mustard flavours produced here to meet modern tastes, a few of these are:
Even two flavours of Mustard Dark Chocolate made by Chocolat of Tewkesbury for the Tewkesbury Mustard Co.
Rediscover the best Mmmm! in Mustard...
Click to visit: 1471 Deli or Tewkesbury Mustard Co.
About Tewkesbury Mustard
Original Tewkesbury Mustard is a unique blend of ground Mustard seed and Horseradish which adds heat and depth to the flavour.
The people of Tewkesbury Town gathered the ingredients from the fields and river banks. A cannonball was used in a mortar to crush the mustard seeds to a fine flour, it was then put through a sieve to improve the purity, this helped make Tewkesbury Mustard the nations best.
Historically Tewkesbury Mustard was formed into balls and then dried. This preserved Tewkesbury Mustard and as a dry ball it could be carried anywhere. A fragment would be cut off the ball and steeped in a little cider, vinegar or milk until thick and pungent. This was the famous form of mustard familiar to the nation at least 400 years ago (see modern day example on left).
Tewkesbury Mustard 1535
Henry VIII visited Tewkesbury Abbey with his wife Anne Boleyn in 1535, a lavish banquet was provided for the king and his entourage.
Tewkesbury Mustard 1597
William Shakespeare (the Bard) loved Tewkesbury Mustard, so much so, it featured in his work.
In Shakespeare's play Henry IV, he gives the following humorous line to the character Falstaff, "Poins has a wit as thick as Tewkesbury mustard”. A refernce to the well known strength of flavour at the time.
Tewkesbury Mustard was well established as a condiment by this time (1597), the joke line could not have worked unless it was well known to people in London and elsewhere.
William Shakespeare's sister Joan has decendants buried in a Tewkesbury Church yard and living relatives in the Forest of Dean.
It's not yet known if William frequented Tewkesbury, Stratford Upon Avon is not far away (30 miles, one day by horse). There's a lost 7 years in Shakespeare records (1585 to 1592) during the later part of which he worked in London.
The Best Mustard in England 1662
In 1662 Tewkesbury Mustard featured in a book about the best of England, Thomas Fuller's The History of the Worthies of England.
Thomas wrote: "The best Mustard in England is made at Tewkesbury... ...it is very wholesome".
"The plentiful meat and fish in this land is exceeded in value by a mere compliment to both, the Tewkesbury Mustard amounts to more thousands of pounds per year than you will believe."
A well known jest between serving men at the time was "My master, spends more on Tewkesbury Mustard than your master does on beef" to which the other replied, "The more saucy men his followers"
Tewkesbury Remarkable Best Mustard 1712
In 1712 Sir Robert Atkins, in his book "The Ancient and Present State of Gloucestershire", reports Tewkesbury as:
"remarkable for making balls of the best Mustard".
Robert didn't realise Tewkesbury Town was the originator and had already been making the best Mustard for 100's of years.
How many people today know Tewkesbury's living heritage?