Cornwall LivingIssue #67
A Labour of love
Introducing Tregida Smoke House, an award-winning artisan cheese and charcuterie producer on the north coast.
Offering smoked fish, meat and cheese from its very own smokehouse, Tregida Smokehouse in north Cornwall is a family run business that delivers its most sumptuous smoked products and seafood all over the UK.
“… evolved from a small smokery to one of the most successful independent smokehouses in the UK!”
We speak with owner Coralie, who tells us how it all began. “Jon and I met at university, where Jon was studying for a degree in Agriculture and I was working towards a degree in Business. When we graduated, we set up a smoker on my parents’ land in Trelash on the north Cornish coast with my brother, Yan.”
She explains how Jon built the first smoker by hand and started producing products that had been traditionally smoked, including salmon and mackerel, in 2000. Since, they’ve taught themselves about the industry and have evolved from a small smokery to one of the most successful independent smokehouses in the UK!
In 2010, Jon tells us how they opened their fresh fish-processing site, complementing the smokehouse with great success! “We buy the fish from two markets in Looe and Plymouth where possible, branching out to others if necessary. Looe is a lifeline for the small boats in Cornwall – boats which actually supply the freshest fish – so we do our best to support Looe’s market.”
I ask Coralie what’s the best part of running a business in Cornwall. She tells me: “We love how, despite there being very few smokehouses left in the south west, we’re still here after all these years! Cornwall has and continues to be a wonderful place in which to bring up our family, and it’s made even better by running a business that we love.”
Impressively, the company has won lots of Taste of the West Awards for all its products over the years. “We even won best fish for our kippers a few years ago! I think the difference is that we use the finest quality ingredients, and every product is hand processed and packed.”
With Christmas just around the corner, if you’re struggling to think of the perfect gift for that friend, family member or loved one who simply loves all things Cornwall, why not give them the gift of flavour with one of Tregida’s Christmas Hampers? The Tregida range can be easily adapted to suit all tastes and requirements, with orders carried out quickly and efficiently. With Christmas being a time for guilt-free indulgence, what better way to enjoy it than with the sumptuous produce of an artisanal Cornish smokehouse?
evolved from a small smokery to one of the most successful independent smokehouses in the UK!