About Stratta

John & Mary in the raspberries

Stratta receiving Best Ambient Product prize at 2011 Great Taste Awards

Mary and I produce an award winning range of delights from our home in East Sussex. We take great care in sourcing our ingredients – from our garden, from friends and neighbours, and from wonderful growers in Sussex and Kent. In this way we can be certain of only using the finest fruits and flowers with the knowledge of exactly where each has been grown.

Succulent soft fruits, savoury herbs, spicy aromatics, single estate extra virgin olive oils, organically grown citrus fruits all offer their individual perfections in providing perfectly balanced combinations. Sweet fruit vinegars, rare flower vinegars, fruit balsamics, infused olive oils, salt preserved lemons, spiced fruits...and the list goes on. There seems no limit to our capacity for discovery, invention and the quest for fabulous flavours.

Mary stepped out of a long career in teaching to launch stratta in the summer of 2004. What had been a 25 year interest in the creation of delicious produce for family and friends using fruits, flowers and herbs now became all-absorbing. Such was the positive reaction of those who sampled the growing range on offer at Farmers’ Markets and Fine Food Fairs in the South East that it became clear that one person alone could not meet the demand.

In the summer of 2005, I left my career in catering management to join Mary in the exciting venture. Together – a formidable force with creativity and exuberance, boundless enthusiasm, a real love of good food, a spirit of adventure and perhaps more than a hint of eccentricity. What a recipe!!

We are members of the ‘Guild of Fine Food’, as well as being judges for the annual Great Taste Awards. Our products and recipes have featured in Sarah Raven’s two inspirational cookbooks and our vinegars used by Michelin star chef Robert Thompson originally at ‘The Hambrough’ and now at The George in Yarmouth, and Brett Sutton the multi-award winning chef patron of the White Post at Rimpton. We were in the select group of finalists in the Waitrose and Country Living Magazine ‘Produced in Britain Awards’.

We have entered a number of our vinegars and oils for judging in the Great Taste Awards each year since 2005 and each time have achieved Gold Awards – 24 so far! In 2011 we gained the supreme accolade of the Golden Fork for Best Ambient Product for our raspberry vinegar. The equivalent of a culinary ‘Oscar’ we have been absolutely thrilled with the recognition. We have always set out to create the best, and we always will.

The Guild of Fine Foods Great Taste Awards 2011Sarah Raven's Cookbook