PODCAST EPISODE 3: Nicholas Bishop from the London Honey Company
I love to travel. And with lockdown restrictions meaning many of us have very itchy feet right now, I have been thinking that the perfect antidote to cabin fever is the BEES WITH BEN podcast! What a better way to keep meeting beekeepers, honey slurpers, nature lovers, and apiarists from all over the world than a virtual hang out with yours truly! And episode three is a real cracker!
As many of you know, I spent a month or two travelling in Europe a couple of years ago now, and it was a divine experience. With the purpose of seeking out small honey producers in a number of beautiful locations across the European continent, I was lucky enough to bask in the northern sun, sip wine, eat delicious homemade meals, get dirty in the fields with some amazing keepers, buy and try local honey from farmers markets, and met many cute Euro-bees as they buzzed around in lavender fields. It was some kind of heaven, that’s for sure. And it was on this trip that I was lucky enough to meet the passionate Nicholas Bishop from the London Honey Company, who I am delighted to introduce to the Ben’s Bees community in Episode Three of the BEES WITH BEN podcast.
Nicholas Bishop is the Commercial Director of the London Honey Company, who are purveyors of the finest honey, honeycomb, handmade 100% beeswax candles and 100% British mead based in Voyager Business Park, Spa Road, London. With over 20 years of beekeeping experience, the London Honey Company stocks their delicious and high-quality produce in shops, food halls, restaurants and hotels across the UK, as well as selling from their gorgeous online store. A much-loved company, chefs and foodies are head over heels with their produce, as are some of the finest institutions in Britian – in fact, the London Honey Company are the proud beekeepers of the Tate Galleries in London and the Victoria and Albert Museum! Incredible stuff!
When I met Nicholas in Europe a few years ago, I was struck by his passion and work ethic, yet despite being super busy, he generously gave up his time to give me a wonderful tour of the London Honey Company facility. This space was new then, as they had recently moved in due to a huge growth in their business; things haven’t changed, and the London Honey Company has forged ahead due to their sophisticated and dedicated beekeeping work and honey production skills. It wasn’t until last year that we met again, as we were both giving talks at the Apimondia conference in Montreal, Canada. A wealth of knowledge and a lovely bloke, I was thrilled when Nicholas said he’d be more than happy to chat with me about honey types in London and the UK, in particular heather honey varieties. Tune in!