Our Story

Haughton Honey was started by an English bee farmer who thought that honey had become a bit boring and unexciting and who wanted to make it fun again.

A you can see, it’s a family affair – all of us believe in what we do and think that it’s a worthwhile way to spend our time. We also believe that bee farming works with nature and that what we take out we should try and put back through our partnerships and education.

The Boss - Cris
Worker Bees - The Family
Un-BEE-lievable
Freya caught sleeping on the job!

We’re committed to great, personal customer service too (apart from Freya).

But hey, if you don’t think that you like honey then don’t fret. We love you no matter what. We’re sure that when you try some real honey (not the overly-sweet, pasteurised and usually imported squeezy stuff that you see all over the place) then you’ll change your mind. And anyway, just by being here you’re helping us spread our sticky word.

FROM THE HIVE

We take great pride in providing the highest-quality honey to our customers. We’re able to do this not only because of our bee farmer’s wealth of experience, but we also take great care in investing in a wealth of plants, shrubs and trees that attract our lovely bees to their hives across the English countryside.

We were born out of a nation’s growing appetite for pure, natural foods and honey is the food that we love and live for.

Harvesting is a simple, natural process that we’ve got down to a bee, sorry tee!

TO THE JAR

Although we ship a lot of honey across the country now, we still retain our key values of supplying a natural, pure, unadulterated and wholesome alternative to sweets and sweet things.

100% pure British honey, as nature intended.

By supporting Haughton Honey, you are also supporting the Bees ecosystem which helps trees, flowers and other plants to grow and in turn, helps a diverse number of wildlife species to co-exist. It also helps to make England flourish and bloom!

Our Honey

Honey FAQS

RUNNY OR SET?

Have you ever opened the kitchen cupboard, pulled out your jar of Haughton Honey and noticed that it’s started to granulate and set?

All raw, unprocessed honey will eventually set naturally depending upon what plants and flowers the bees have been collecting nectar from and this process is called granulation. For instance Spring honey, which often has some oil seed rape nectar in it, granulates quite quickly due to the high glucose content. Whereas Summer honey tends to stay runny for a lot longer.

Granulation is actually a sign of your honey’s purity and quality and most main-brand honey, containing imported product from China, the United States and European countries, is often heat-treated (or pasteurised to use another term) in order to prevent it from setting…..because you can’t sell ‘set’ honey in squeezy bottles!

What we see in the shops as ‘soft set’ honey is normally creamed. It’s a blend of runny honey with a seed culture of naturally granulated honey which is mixed together to cause it to set with very small crystals.

Naturally granulated honey is also a set honey although it’s not as light in colour as the creamed version as the crystals within it are much larger and it usually sets a bit harder than creamed honey eventually.

 Did you know that all raw honey eventually sets?

Haughton Honey comes as clear and runny and sometimes naturally granulated honey on shop shelves – not creamed, because we don’t like to mess with it – all made with nectar from our national flowers.

**To turn any granulated or partially-granulated honey back in to a clear, runny honey just remove the lid and gently warm the jar through in a small pan of water (rather than a microwave!). Turn the hob on to ‘low’ and leave the jar in until the honey goes runny – make sure that you keep the water around or below 50c (placing the jar in a warm oven also works….at plate-warming temperature). This doesn’t affect the goodness or flavours at all but it will make it stay clear and runny again for quite some time.

IS HONEY THE SWEETEST CURE FOR HAYFEVER?

Pollen looks charming under a microscope – like pretty little spiky balls. Up the nose, however, it can be such a menace that a fifth of the population worries about the coming of summer.

Dry, sunny days when the pollen count in the air is high can make your nose run and your eyes stream.

Most of the remedies for hay fever aren’t very attractive either. You can feel drowsy on anti-histamines or worry about what steroids are doing to your body…or just simply stay indoors.

 So, why is eating a spoonful of raw honey a day growing as an alternative to the usual medicines?

Thousands of people swear by it, saying that a spoonful a day – preferably starting before the pollen season begins – has transformed their lives and eased all of their symptoms.

The main principle behind honey’s benefit is desensitisation through eating the pollen. Just make sure that the honey you take hasn’t been too finely filtered. We ‘coarse filter’ our honey to 200 microns, so leaving all of that lovely wind-born pollen intact.

It doesn’t matter too much if the hive that your honey comes from is on your doorstep or fifty miles away because our national flora is fairly similar across most of the country. Try and opt for multi-floral honey produced in this country (which Haughton Honey is, of course) as it will contain a good mix of pollens that you may be sensitive to. That’s wildflower honey, not honey from one particular flower.

However, we don’t want to make lots of extravagant claims and the medical evidence is anecdotal at the moment, but wouldn’t it be nice if raw honey was an enjoyable, natural alternative to anti-histamine pills or nasal spray?

Reuse & Recycle

At Haughton Honey we’re very big on looking after our environment and bee-ing as sustainable as possible.

What do you do with your empty jars? Never mind throwing your used Haughton Honey jars in to the bin!

We’d love to see some of your recycling ideas with our jar and pots! Take a pic and send it to us on social media @haughtonhoney

Let’s help keep this planet good for Bees! Recycle everything you can….especially our bee-utiful jars!

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