Mrs Bridges – or Kate – as she was known to a select few, began her career as an assistant cook for prominent families in rural England. From those early days, she began writing down and collecting recipes. Her repertoire soon ranged from simple, country dishes to dishes from upscale French cuisine.
Kate Bridges earned the respectable title of "Mrs Bridges" when she entered service for one of London society's most prestigious families. During her time with Lady Marjorie and Richard Bellamy at Eaton Place, Mrs Bridges developed outstanding menus and cooked for some of the British capital's leading figures including the monarch King Edward.
Mrs Bridges' recipe collection included recipes for dishes that would have crowned a royal banquet as well as simple recipes for "poor man's meals". She compiled all of these wonderful recipes in a book published in 1905 under the title "Practical Household Cookery” was published.
In the 1970s, Mrs Bridges was revived in the famous television series Upstairs, Downstairs, in which she ruled the house at Eaton Place as cook alongside the butler Mr Hudson. Today Mrs Bridges' spirit lives on in a range of fine foods. Mrs Bridges immortalizes British heritage and tradition in a jar of delicious spreads.
The jams, jams and curds are made according to traditional recipes - handed down from Mrs Bridges' recipe collection - in small batches using the best ingredients. Even today, the jams are slowly cooked in open copper kettles with constant stirring. Great emphasis is placed on careful processing of the fruit, which contributes just as much to the unmistakable taste experience as the fine recipes.
The fruits come from Dundee in Scotland, which - located in the middle of a large fruit-growing area - is traditionally referred to as the “Home of the Marmalade”.