Scarlett & Mustard
Suffolk’s Scarlett & Mustard helps local families experiment with food
We love having Suffolk-based Scarlett & Mustard as one of our Sourced Locally suppliers as this family company’s range of products are designed to help encourage people to experiment with food in fun and simple ways.
Whether its salad, veg, bread or meat, you can add a punch of flavour with the award-winning dressings, dips, marinades, sauces and jams produced by Scarlett & Mustard. And all the products are homemade using local ingredients, most of which are sourced from within ten miles of its base at East Soham.
Run by Sandy Ruddock, Scarlett & Mustard began with a secret family recipe and the talents of a budding entrepreneur. When he was just eleven-years-old Sandy’s son Oliver decided to set up a stand in the garden, selling bottles of his Granny’s tarragon dressing – an original cider vinegar recipe which had passed down through the family. Extolling its virtues and describing how delicious it is served with warm, crushed new potatoes, he returned two hours later having sold all the bottles and with £76 in his pocket!
Having seen how popular it was, Sandy made up some more bottles and sold them through a local shop. She was soon peeling, chopping and mixing all day to keep up with demand, until she needed help and a bigger kitchen; and Scarlett & Mustard was born.
Inspired by family
Today there are eight different dressings to choose from, including Granny’s Original Tarragon Dressing, as well as a selection of marinades, sauces and jams. Just as the business was named after family nicknames, the names of each product also show how a member of the Scarlett & Mustard family has been the inspiration behind each one.
There is also Rosie’s Doo-Dah Sauce, inspired by Sandy’s stepdaughter Rosie’s nickname for the family recipe, because she struggled to say balsamic! This works well as a dipping sauce for rustic bread or served over fresh avocados. Others include a Lime and Chilli dressing inspired by Sandy’s sister, who was affectionately called Auntie Frog by the children, and a sweet, golden honey dressing named after Sandy’s husband Julian, known as Big Bear.
Today the company operates from its headquarters ‘The Dressing Room’ situated at Moat Park. Sandy heads up the operations team and her husband Julian is in charge of sales. They are continuing to expand the range and the kitchen is a hive of activity and people 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
Selections of Scarlett & Mustard products are available in most East of England Co-op food stores as part of the Sourced Locally range.