An old family recipe concocted in the streets of Accrington is taking the nation’s dinner tables by storm.
Lancashire Sauce was originally created by Mary Entwistle in the kitchen of her terraced house in Barnes Street, Church, and became a favourite around the family dinner table.
Mary passed away in 1977, but her recipe was revived in Ramsbottom’s Entwistle’s Delicatessen, run by grandson David, in 2005 – and now more than 30,000 bottles are being supplied to more than 300 stores across the UK each year.
David said: "The sauce was a family secret which was never written down and was passed through the family by word of mouth.
"We have no idea how grandma came up with it. We grew up with it and it just became a part of our family.
"When we opened the delicatessen we made a few bottles to sell to customers and before we knew it people were coming back and asking for more.
"Grandma was a great cook and was always experimenting with different recipes, and this has become a great legacy for her and our family."
David has now invested in new manufacturing equipment and has moved production to an industrial unit at Taylor Court in Haslingden to make the sauce on a commercial scale, with production expected to double in the next year.
He already boasts Harvey Nicholls in Manchester and the Lakeland chain among his customers and is hoping even more of the UK can get a taste of Lancashire following the expansion.
David said: "The customer feedback has been fantastic and my hope is that it will one day end up on the shelves of all the big supermarket chains.
"It is very versatile and, unlike Worcester Sauce, it is suitable for vegetarians and vegans, so it appeals to a wider market.
"We’re very positive about the year ahead and are hoping to be able to announce a couple of new deals very soon."