Sign up to our Newsletter
Click below to go to our newsletter sign up form. Once subscribed you’ll receive the latest Show news, exclusive offers and little extras from your favourite chefs and experts.
Named after the native British honey bee, Black Bee Honey supports British bees and farmers by providing premium honey sourced from the best British Bee farms.
Co-founders Chris Barnes and Paul Webb work collaboratively with like-minded beekeepers, ensuring the best welfare and quality possible, to produce single origin honey in three distinctive varieties - all jarred in local batches straight from the hive: London Honey (harvested from individual boroughs of the capital); Summer Honey (created by bees from a wonderful mix of wildflowers); and British Heather Honey (made by bees in Exmoor National Park from British Ling Heather). This year’s Great Taste Awards gave the coveted 3* award to the London Honey, while 2* went to Summer Honey and 1* to British Heather.
Abiding by the mantra “bees know best”, Black Bee Honey is left unprocessed, neither heated nor blended, to ensure that each jar contains optimum flavour and nutritional benefits. Harvested straight from the honeycomb, the honeys carry traces of the seasons, reflecting the weather and flora of the honey bees’ natural habitat. For this reason, each jar is unique in flavour, hue and consistency, tasting the bees’ adventures in every batch.
Story so far
Originally working as graphic designers in London, co-founders Chris Barnes and Paul Webb met in an office in 2003. After taking a mutual friend to a beekeeping workshop, they soon got the bug - and their hobby quickly turned into a vocation. Eventually caring for as many as 50 hives on London’s rooftops, parks and gardens, Chris and Paul grew frustrated with the tasteless honey sold on supermarket shelves. Convinced that honey is best when left unprocessed, Black Bee Honey was born with the help of a successful crowdfunding campaign which raised over £100,000 in 2017. Today, the Black Bee Honey team collect their incredible, varied honey from carefully managed British hives, filter any impurities and jar it in local batches.
Unprocessed honey contains all of the nutrients necessary for good health: vitamins A,C,D,E and high concentrations of B that would otherwise be lost in the pasteurization process of commercial products. Enzymes such as amylase help digestion, and honey’s antibacterial properties have even been proven to help heal wounds. A good substitute for sugar, honey provides instant energy, can boost the immune system and help to fight against allergies and hayfever.
What is the Black Bee?
The Black Bee is the original, native British honey bee, which after nearly dying out, is now slowly making a comeback.