Exmoor Caviar, the UK's first sturgeon caviar farm, has been operating in Devon since 2012 and now supplies their products into 64 Michelin Star Restaurants including The Fat Duck, The Ledbury and The Araki, all of who have been supporters since the beginning of their journey.
Before they launched, Ken Benning, CEO of Exmoor Caviar sought permission from HM The Queen to be able to farm sturgeon in the UK. He received a letter from Buckingham Palace stating that The Queen would not extend her Royal Prerogative relating to the ownership of all sturgeon in the realm and confirmed that the sturgeon on the farm would indeed remain their property. Exmoor Caviar has previously been supplied to Buckingham Palace as well as to Chequers.
The picturesque farm, located in the foothills of the Exmoor National Park, has an ancient water right allowing 45 million litres of fresh water to flow through the farm each day. This unique access allows the sturgeon to swim in an abundance of fresh, cool water twenty-four hours a day, enabling them grow and at the pace that nature intended. This has a definite impact on the quality, flavour and freshness of the product, something that separates it from many types of caviar from sturgeon reared in recirculated caviar farms.
Exmoor Caviar is made with Cornish Sea Salt which is the preferred choice of many of our Michelin Starred chefs. The addition of this naturally produced sea salt rather than standard food grade salt lends itself perfectly to the caviar bringing out the renowned clean and creamy taste of Exmoor Caviar. As well as being proudly British, this is a fantastic culinary product. Further for this, Exmoor Caviar is releasing a limited edition batch Smoked Caviar.
Sustainability is a key pillar to the success of the Exmoor Caviar brand and as such they ensure minimal wastage in production and use the whole fish. The sturgeon meat is sold fresh and also offered as both hot and cold smoked sturgeon.
Using any broken caviar eggs, Exmoor Caviar have created a Caviar Infused Sea Salt. This product was used in a recent collaboration with Chantal Coady at Rococo Chocolates through which the two previous Walpole Brands of Tomorrow created some spectacular Caviar Salt Infused Chocolate Pearls.
A further very exciting new product that Exmoor Caviar has developed with their sister company Caviar Biotec is a world first Pure Caviar Oil. This is produced alongside the main caviar production and ensures the usage of a by-product created through the caviar production process. This is an edible oil that pairs beautifully with light fish dishes and salads, lacing these with a rich buttery caviar taste. It also has uses as a nutraceutical and the base of caviar cosmetics.