Black Shuck – The History Of Norfolk’s Legendary Spirit

One of the oldest legends in English folklore, ‘Black Shuck’ is the name given to a ghostly black dog that has roamed the Norfolk and Suffolk countryside for centuries.  

According to folklore Black Shuck takes the form of a large shaggy black dog with huge flaming red eyes the size of saucers.  He haunts the lanes and footpaths particularly along the East Anglian coastline.

No-one knows for sure where Black Shuck came from.  More...

History Of The Blackthorn

The blackthorn is one of Britain’s ancient native trees, but its suckers and vicious black thorns make it unpopular with farmers.

It can be found in our hedgerows and thickets, and is identifiable by its distinctive black, thorn-studded twigs and clouds of white blossom in spring. The small round fruits, the sloes, ripen slowly through the year and are sweetened by the first frosts. The sloe berry belongs to the same family as the damson and the plum.

The blackthorn appears frequently in history, myth and legend. In Ireland, November 11th is the day of the blackthorn sprites (‘lunantishees’), who guard the sacred blackthorn from being cut by humans. More...

History Of Liqueurs

A liqueur is sweetened alcohol made from wine or spirits and flavoured with fruit, herbs or spices. To officially be called a liqueur, there must be a minimum sugar content of 100 grams per litre and at least 15% alcohol.

The name ‘liqueur’ is derived from the Latin word ‘liquefacere’ meaning melt or dissolve, which is just what the Norfolk Sloe Company liqueurs do – melt in your mouth. More...

History Of Black Shuck Gin

Black Shuck Gin was launched on December 1st 2015 after two years of recipe development.  Our aim was to produce an excellent premium Gin inspired by our stunning North Norfolk countryside and coast.  More...