Posted: 01/05/2012 10:13:20 by Nigel Nixon

A MAN who discovered a 48-year-old bar of Kendal Mint Cake in his loft believes it may be the oldest-surviving bar of the famous confectionery.

Peter Truelove, 68, of Windermere, bought the bar of Robert Wiper’s Original Mint Cake when he and a friend visited Kendal as 21-year-olds in 1964.

The pair were on a ‘boy’s adventure’ which took them from their homes in Kent to John O’Groats, the most northerly point on the Scottish mainland.

“We travelled the distance in an Austin 7 and it took us a week,” said Mr Truelove, of Hill Top. “The car only did 35mph at best and it was blizzard weather – the snow was coming into the car.

“We called at Kendal on the way back and we’d heard about the mint cake, so when we saw some we thought we’d buy a bar.”

Mr Truelove said he was not sure why he had kept the bar in a box in his loft.

“It was on a shelf as a memento of the trip but it’s been in the loft since we moved to Windermere 16 years ago,” he said. The bar is still in reasonable condition although some of the sugar is seeping through the wrapping.

Although the original Wipers recipe is still used, the company was sold to Romneys in 1987.

Managing director John Barron said: “We have been making it all these years and I don’t think we have any that old – it’s impressive.

“It wouldn’t do him any harm to eat it now but I don’t expect it would taste very nice.”

Mr Truelove said what was also interesting to discover was the journal he wrote while travelling, which documented the stop-off in Kendal. He said: “I had to record everything we spent because my friend and I were splitting the cost of the trip. It’s funny now to look back and see that someone offered to sell us a car engine and gear box for £2.50, and that 15 litres of petrol was 60p.

“Unfortunately, the price of the mint cake wasn’t included, although I did write that we’d visited and purchased it.”

 

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Posted: 29/11/2011 09:55:40 by Nigel Nixon

A HAWKSHEAD Brewery beer was voted overall champion at the Brewers’ Society Northern Beer Competition held in Manchester.

Hawkshead Brewery’s Windermere Pale won the gold medal in the bitter pale ales category and a second gold for being judged overall champion of the competition.

Some 250 beers from 80 breweries were entered into the competition run by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA).

The North region is the largest of the seven SIBA regions of Britain.

The beers are judged in one of eight categories, the bitter category being the biggest.

Category winners then go forward to a national competition of winners of all seven regions.

Windermere Pale at 3.5% abv is hoppy and refreshing, pale gold in colour with a long bitter finish with hints of grapefruit.

The fruity hop flavours come from a medley of traditional and modern hops.

Managing director of Hawkshead Brewery Alex Brodie said: “Windermere Pale is a very popular beer, it has a lot of fans.

“It has become the best selling beer in The Beer Hall at the Brewery.

“It is one of those beers that is winning converts to real ale.”

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