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Meet the Wallaces of Quince Honey Farm

Quince Honey Farm was first established in 1949 by George Wallace, a fiery Scotsman who served in the Paratroop Regiment during World War Two. Near the end of his service George read a book about beekeeping and became obsessed with the craft. After he was ‘demobbed’ he gained practical beekeeping experience at Yorkshire apiaries then moved south to Devon and Quince Cottage. George had two hives of bees and ambitiously called his operation Quince Honey Farm.

We are passionate about producing good quality honey that is responsibly made. July is the most important honey production month for us, as toward the end is our first honey harvest. This job is particularly gruelling but the harder it is the more honey we have! The bees move from North Devon clover to the heather on Exmoor. The heather begins as the clover ends so it is all hands-on deck to get 1500 hives up to the moors as quickly as possible. The beekeepers work through the night transporting the hives on trailers behind two tractors and a Land Rover. We move around 200 hives per night.

Our biggest challenge to date has been the COVID-19 pandemic, which put a huge strain on the business financially and emotionally. We experienced a wonderful sense of community spirit due to the number of volunteers that offered to help us in our gardens during our time of need.

Quince Honey Farm is very much a family run business which has made it the success it is today. Even back when eldest son Paddy was just old enough to ride a bike, he was sent on the post round where possible allowing George more time to tend the bees!

What’s the first restaurant you’re going to visit? The first place you’ll travel to?
Pig on the Beach, in my hometown of Westward Ho (my daughter’s favourite place).

What is your lazy go-to dish when cooking?
Thai green curry with noodles and prawn crackers.

What’s the strangest dish someone has used your products for? Have you tried it?
Honey baked beans! I have actually and it was rather nice!

  • Devon Honey Chutney with Real Ale, Set of 2
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  • Devon Honey Marmalade, Set of 2
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  • Devon Flower Set Honey, Set of 2
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  • Devon Flower Clear Honey, Set of 2
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