At Dalriata, we love to sell products that are not just something to eat, but which our customers feel emotional connections to. You never quite know what will evoke that response in people. It could be Clonakilty sausages, or Lyon’s Tea, or almost any of the other delicious things we have to offer.
For us, it’s Branston Pickle. It conjures up memories of foggy, chilly days at university, sitting down to a nice bit of crusty bread, cheddar cheese, and a good slather of Branston Pickle to liven things up a bit. A Granny Smith and a glass of milk rounded out a cheap but tasty lunch. With four busy young men in the house, we got through buckets of Branston, and it’s held a special place in our hearts ever since.
Maybe you’ve got your own fond memories. One thing’s for sure, Branston Pickle is one of our most popular products. It’s also yet another product that we’re convinced the people of Germany would go crazy for, if only they’d give it a try. So our little shop is doing what it can to make German people bring out the Branston!
There are those who would say that “Branston Pickle” is a misleading name for what is in fact a relish, and that anybody buying this expecting something like a dill pickle is in for a surprise. Others are adamant that it’s more akin to a chutney. For what it’s worth, we think this is all just splitting hairs. The main thing is that it’s delicious! Certainly, Branston is a complex and subtle thing. It’s sweet, sour, salty and even smoky. And that’s just the flavour! The texture also has a lot going on, with crunchy vegetables in a thick, tangy sauce.
It’s the perfect accompaniment to some tangy, sharp cheddar cheese, but it will liven up almost any sandwich. Once you start putting Branston Pickle on your lunch, you’ll find you get through it quickly, so stock up!