George Romney Ltd are a fourth generation confectionery business situated on the edge of the Lake District National Park in the market town of Kendal.
Mr Sam. T .Clarke, the great grandfather of the present Managing Director, Mr John Barron, started production of Romney’s Kendal Mint Cake in 1918.
Production now takes place at our site on Mintsfeet Industrial Estate, Kendal, where we have been since 1969, we now employ 16 members of full and part staff producing over 100 tonnes of Romney’s Kendal Mint Cake a year. We also now manufacture a large range of fudge and our own treacle toffee made to an old family recipe.
You won’t need eggs, milk or flour to make this “cake”.
Kendal Mint Cake is made up of four simple ingredients: sugar, glucose, water and peppermint oil. The sugar, glucose and water are mixed together and boiled to a very high temperature, the mixture is then poured out evenly in to copper pans. The peppermint oil is then added and the “graining” process begins, this is a family secret and ensures the mixture sets hard.
The ingredients in Romney’s Kendal Mint Cake make it a great energy source and a firm favourite in ration packs, walkers rucksacks and even Mount Everest conquering mountaineers.
Joseph Wiper is said to have produced the first batch of Kendal Mint Cake by mistake in 1869, whilst making a batch of clear mints he took his eye off the pan and the mixture had become cloudy…Kendal Mint Cake was born. Wiper’s continued to produce Mint Cake till 1987 when they were bought out by George Romney’s who still make the Wiper’s brand to its original recipe to this day.
George Romney’s first produced Kendal Mint Cake in 1918, the company name came from the famous 18th century artist that had lived in the Cumbrian town of Kendal. Kendal Mint Cake was seen as a great energy source that would remain stable in extreme conditions, because of this it became a staple of many early 20th century expeditions but it’s most famous moment came when Sir Edmund Hillary and Sirdar Tenzing carried it on the first successful summit of Mount Everest on the 29th May 1953. Since then it has gone from strength to strength and remains a firm favourite of adventurers worldwide.
“Been using Romney's to supply holiday rental treats for years. Excellent products, fair prices. Easy to park. No shop front... It's a genuine factory with an outlet. Recommended.”
“5* Awesome stuff, got me and my mates to the top of Ingleborough and onto completing the Yorkshire three peaks!”