Abernethy butters up Claridge's Hotel
CO DOWN-based Abernethy Butter, the multi-award-winning producer of hand-crafted butter, has won a tasty deal to supply the prestigious five-star Claridge’s Hotel in London's Mayfair.
The artisan Dromara supplier, established in 2005 by husband and wife team Will and Allison Abernethy, is now selling its creamy handmade butter crafted from fresh cream and sourced from a local grass-fed dairy herd to what is acknowledged as one of the world’s best hotels, favoured by the Royals.
“We were delighted to receive the order for our original butter from such a globally respected hospitality business. It was a marvellous boost," Alison Abernethy said.
Indeed Abernethy is also helping to drive interest in real butter in Britain, the company’s primary market outside Northern Ireland and one in which it is now experiencing significant growth.
“This moves our business to another level in a market in which we’ve also been honoured by endorsements from leading chefs such as Heston Blumenthal and Marcus Wareing,” she added.
Abernethy Butter products, which now include smoked butter and dulse (Irish seaweed) and sea salt butter have also been praised by broadcasters Nigella Lawson and James Martin.
Will Abernethy, a former farmer, makes and rolls the fresh butter by hand. The products have won a series of Great Taste Awards for quality, outstanding taste and provenance.
Claridge’s, an art deco icon and a byword for timeless elegance, has been at the heart of hospitality excellence in London since the 1850s. It has almost 200 classy rooms and features the Michelin star Fera restaurant run by Simon Rogan.