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Bermondsey Street Honey wins two awards

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Just three years after setting up hives on the roof of his Bermondsey Street home, SE1 beekeeper Dale Gibson has won two prestigious awards.

Bermondsey Street Honey wins two awards

Judges at the 2011 National Honey Show last month awarded his Bermondsey Street honey 'best honey from inside the M25' based on its exceptional taste and colour.

Less than three weeks earlier the London Honey Show named it 'best restaurant honey' marking Dale's affiliation with Delfina restaurant which uses his ultra-local honey in its menus.

"I'm so delighted with this recognition, but of course these awards should really go to my hardworking rooftop bees, with thanks to all the park-keepers, gardeners and allotment holders of Southwark," says Dale.

"The exciting diversity of nectar and pollen they provide gives our honey its very special character. Rooftop beekeeping also offers honeybees a safe haven – which is crucial at a time when they are in severe decline."

Delfina's Bermondsey honey menu is available until Friday 11 November.

"Cooking with this delicious honey is very inspiring and given the light lime and flower taste of the spring batch we have to be careful not to overpower the flavour with other ingredients and just let the honey shine through," says head chef Stuart Dring.

Bermondsey Street Honey is available from Cave at 210 Bermondsey Street.

Elsewhere in SE1, The Three Stags pub uses honey produced in its own rooftop hives. Close by, Eden Caterers in Hercules Road have also joined the beekeeping craze.

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