FLAVOURS OF CORNWALL: RODDA'S AT 125
PUBLISHED: 20:33 10 November 2015 | UPDATED: 12:46 30 August 2017
Rodda's Clotted Cream was invented in a farmhouse 125 years ago - where it is still made today
It is as Cornish as a cream tea - and this year Rodda’s celebrates 125 years as keepers of the (clotted) cream.
In 1890 Eliza Jane Rodda started making Cornish clotted cream in her farmhouse kitchen in Scorrier. She gently baked local cream until it was thick and unctuous and able to hold it’s one atop a scone (and jam). Unsurprisingly to those who have ever tasted it, Eliza’s clotted cream was an instant hit with locals and she was soon exporting it all the way to England, where top London food shops couldn’t get enough of her sumptuous Cornish delicacy.
Fast forward 125 years and her great-great-grandson Nicholas Rodda is still making clotted cream in the same way as Eliza on the same site - although on a slightly bigger scale. The company now employs 140 people and it is exported all over the world, in countries as varied as Dubai, Hong Kong, and Sweden.
Thanks to Rodda’s campaigning Cornish clotted cream was given Protected Designation of Origin status in 1998 - which means Cornish clotted cream must be made in Cornwall, with Cornish milk and baked in the traditional manner. All the milk used comes from farms within 30 miles of the creamery, from farms certified by the Red Tractor Farm Assurance Dairy campaign. Rodda’s is a Cornish company through and through, employing many Cornish people and working exclusively with Cornish dairy farmers, all of whom are based within a 30 mile radius of our creamery,’ says managing director Nicholas Rodda.
We are very proud of our family legacy and strive to ensure we live up to the standards set by my great-great-grandparents.’
Here's to another 125 years.