About Us
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ABOUT US

We make all of our products on site in our converted farm building to house a fully equipped production area. We’re quite old fashioned up in Raydale we make all of our goods by hand. From topping strawberries to sticking on labels each stage of production is done by hand to ensure true excellence in finish.

Our History

Set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, in the picturesque valley of Raydale, Raydale Preserves is a family run business established by husband and wife team Lesley and Derek Kettlewell in 1978. Originally produced for and sold in our family shop, Raydale Preserves has continued to grow year on year and in 2008 son Andrew and his wife Rachel joined the team. We pride ourselves on using traditional methods to produce our products. All of our products are made traditionally in small pans. This ensures our preserves are of the highest quality. We use only the finest ingredients such as fresh Seville oranges. Where ever possible we use locally sourced products all of our soft fruit is sourced from a North Yorkshire fruit farm.

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Our Charity Work

Lesley and Derek’s son, Andrew Kettlewell, has visited and is involved in raising awareness of Amala children’s home in India. In order to help raise funding for the orphanage a new traditional Indian chutney range has recently been added to our produce. The proceeds from these chutneys are donated to Amala so they can continue to do their good work housing and educating orphan children. As a company we are dedicated to the conservation and restoration of the stunning surroundings to which we call home. Owing to this, a percentage of the profits generated by Raydale preserves are used to maintain the upkeep of this atmospheric landscape. As Raydale preserves has grown we have restored dry stone walls, dry stone barns, a monastic sheep wash and replanted ancient woodland