Awards & Testimonials
PROUD TO BE A GREAT TASTE PRODUCER
We are really delighted to announce that our Traditional Oak Smoked Salmon has been awarded another 2 Gold Stars in the 2020 Great Taste Awards to add to its 2011, 2015 and 2017 Gold Stars.
“Generous slices of smoked salmon with gentle smoke on the nose. The salmon just melts in the mouth – buttery, sweet and tasty flesh with gentle back notes of smoked oak. You could eat this just on its own – nothing else needed – just deliciously tasty and perfectly balanced.”
Our Oak Smoked Chicken Breast won 2 Gold Stars in the 2018 Great Taste Awards to add to its 2015 Stars.
Recent Customer Testimonials
'The smoked salmon is absolutely outstanding, and totally different to the supermarket fare. Even our teenagers noticed! And the service is second to none, personal, charming and very efficient - most impressive, particularly in these difficult times.'
G Magnay - July 2020
'Arrived safely, beautifully packed and delivered at the time estimated! Thank you it's all perfect and will be shared with various friends over the next few weeks. Everyone who eats it wants details of where to buy. I bet you're busy, and hope you are all well and safe.'
D Humble - August 2020
'Many thanks another delicious delivery arrived a short while ago. It was lovely to chat the other day; we so appreciate the first-class products you are producing and getting to know you better. We usually come down to stay at the Lake Country House hotel at least a couple of times a year so when it reopens, we will be able to come and call in again which will be lovely. Take care all of you and have a good bank holiday weekend.'
Ally Hargreaves - May 2020
'I would like to thank you for the delivery made to my Dad today, on his birthday. He was delighted. I am not sure what he will tuck into first. He informs me it was well packaged and the ice bags still cold which is very impressive considering it travelled from west to east. Thank you so much.'
Caroline Tallack - May 2020
'Smoked duck breasts have arrived still wonderfully cool in their special packaging- thanks for adding an extra. And I’m looking forward to trying smoked butter too.'
Sally Selby - May 2020
'Thank you very much for the beautiful hamper send to my daughter and her hubby on their first anniversary. They got married in Sugarloaf Barn year ago which is only few miles from you. It made their day getting something so lovely from the Black Mountains to remind them of their wedding day. '
Joanna Venning - May 2020
Read on for more of your kind words ....
Wales Online, December 2019 - The Ultimate Welsh Christmas Gift Guide
Country & Town House, December 2019 - Let Them Eat Cake
Taste Blas, Summer 2019 - Picnic 'n' Mix
Herefordshire Living, October 2018 - Holy Smoke - Black Mountains Smokery Article
Delicious Magazine, October 2018 - A Foodie Post Card from Abergavenny
Guild of Fine Food Digest 2018/19 - The Cure A to Z
Lonely Planet Magazine, March 2018 - A Taste of Wales: stories worth savouring
The Independent, November 2017 - Penyrheol Luxury Welsh Wicker Hamper - Best Christmas Food and Drink Hampers
The Telegraph, November 2017 - Best Christmas presents for Dad
Country and Town House, November 2017 - Gift Guide for Christmas Hampers
The Independent, December 2015 - Top 20 Subscription Gifts
Quarterly Review, November 2015 - Festive Food & Drink
Archant County Gift Guides, December 2014 - "10 Food & Drink Treats to Enjoy this Christmas" (Gourmet Deli Hamper)
Mail Order Hot - "Their gift hampers are great"
Delicious Magazine, December 2013 & 2014 & 2015 - Guide to Christmas Hampers List
CountryLife, November 2013 - The Gift Box Hamper
More Customer Testimonials
'I just wanted to say a heartfelt Thank You!! My Stepmothers Hamper arrived today just before lunch & they’re delighted with it. I most definitely be recommending you to others.'
Sian M Hughes - May 2020
'Reporting in that my package arrived at 8:30 this morning. Such service. Our last pack in the freezer of BMS Smoked trout was used in our little VE Day Lunch celebration together with a glass of Chablis. To say it was exquisite is something of an under-statement. Enjoyed by us both. Also, thank you so much for the additional pack to make up the weight, very thoughtful. WE WILL ENJOY'
Wynne Evans - May 2020
'One of our joys in life was to go to the local cinema, see the opera from Covent Garden and eat smoked salmon sandwiches in the interval accompanied by some choice white wine. Sadly, now we have to listen to the opera on Radio 3. For about the same cost as the evening at the cinema, we can buy a whole side of smoked salmon from you, delivered to the door, which lasts us for weeks! Thank you Black Mountain Smokery. The order arrived today.'
Roger Graham-Palmer - May 2020
'We are currently working our way through the parcel of goodies we received from Black Mountains Smokery last week. The team are doing an amazing job to keep the supplies going. Every item they supply is delicious - our biggest challenge is to not just sit down and work our way through the lot in one go!'
Allan Smith - April 2020
'I received this as a gift from my parents during lockdown! It was a fabulous present and every single item inside was absolutely delicious !! Would 100% recommend!'
Aylie Constantine - April 2020
'My brothers birthday present duly arrived on Friday morning and he rang me immediately. He works in the food industry and is a qualified chef. He was absolutely blown away with your delivery, the way it was carefully packaged and above all, it’s contents! He told me he couldn’t wait to start opening the individual items. You’ve understandably made me look very good! I’m sure he will contact you himself as he was so delighted! Thanks again for your Amazing service during these very difficult times! I’m sure I will be making my own purchase very soon!'
Julia Bell - May 2020
'Thank you for absolutely superb service especially in such difficult times. I ordered salmon on Tuesday night, not really thinking there was any chance of a delivery in time for our wedding anniversary on Saturday, but here it is - delivered first thing Thursday morning. My mouth is watering at the thought, and I know we are in for a feast on Saturday, even in lock down with the rest of the family unable to join us. Thank you so much'
Rachel Penney - April 2020
'Hello All at Black Mountains Smokery..... I just wanted to say my parents were thrilled with their recent treat packs from you. I arranged to send these just as an unexpected surprise, but they are familiar with your foods and were suitably thrilled. My mother thought the handwritten message was my handwriting, and the chocolate fish were the icing on the cake, so to speak. So many thanks for making two particular customers (and the giver!) very happy'
Rachel Middleton - March 2020
'Just a very quick, but large, thank you ... My order arrived right on time yesterday and my dad was terribly pleased with it. It was lovely for him to feel cared-about on his birthday: he said it all looked exquisite! Can’t wait to have another reason for ordering from you ...'
Claire Oerton - April 2020
'I was so thrilled to get the most fabulous box of food that Kate sent from your smoker. It's full of wonderful things ! Like the best sort of Christmas stocking and SO much appreciated. The delivery was terrific. The driver rang to tell me the arrival time, then again when he was in the drive, and emerged wearing the most impressive full protection kit and I could feel the big smile without being able to see it! For the first time I filled in an online survey and gave 5 *s. Thank you so much.'
Diana Humble - April 2020
'Dear All. Thank you so much for sending my daughter Emma the goodie hamper. She was thrilled and it has cheered her up a lot!!! What would be do without you all – future orders will soon be winging there way!'
Miles Vere-Hodge - April 2020
'Good Morning to you all at our ‘favourite smokery’. We hope you are all keeping well, during this very difficult period ? Just a little light relief…….. Earlier this week you sent a selection of your delicious wares to one of our furloughed colleagues in Lancashire. To say that the family were overjoyed with the contents, would be a massive understatement !! When we spoke yesterday, they were planning some wonderful meals to lift the mood during lockdown. The Smith family are fiercely proud of their Lancashire food heritage ~ But I feel they may pay you a visit on their next trip to Wales ….. To see how smoked food should be presented !! (We will bring them) Once again thank you all , take good care, we will see you soon'
Jane & Lyndon - April 2020
'I liked your salmon (especially) so much , I have already re-ordered. Might need a subscription LOL.'
Susan Schulman - April 2020
'Just wanted to say thanks for this hamper. I’d ordered as a gift for my parents who are both in vulnerable groups and can’t get out. So. I wanted to kill two birds with one stone by getting them some food whilst waiting for their supermarket delivery and also a bit of a treat. The outcome was better than I could have expected. My parents were impressed by the outstanding quality of items in the hamper and enjoyed all of it. So wanted to say thanks. I’ve submitted a review for your website. Will definitely order again.'
Michael Cairney - April 2020
'Parcel arrived safely and the fish is delicious as usual. Thank you for cheering my day. We had the bagels and cream cheese ready.'
Jenny Weston - April 2020
'I was about to put in an order for myself, and then your lovely chook delivered the parcel from the Buchanans. Can't wait to dive into it, finish it and then order some more, particularly my all-time favourite, oak roast salmon!'
Amelia Fawcett - April 2020
'Just to say thank you for such great products and service - your delivery arrived at both my daughters’ lockdown homes and they are absolutely thrilled with it. Cheered me up being able to send them something I knew they’d love. So THANK YOU in these difficult circumstances.'
Alice - April 2020
'Thank you. Both orders have been delivered and we are delighted with the products - ham and smoked salmon. You are a fabulous company.'
Jac Mavity - April 2020
'Just writing to say, it arrived !!! And looks AMAZING !! I can enthusiastically confirm it does (taste amazing)!!! Utterly delicious !!! Thank You!'
Susan Schulman - April 2020
'My above order arrived today as promised and my daughter was delighted to receive it and said it was beautifully packed and still chilled. Thank you for your excellent service'
Gina Todd - April 2020
'I just wanted to say that the order has reached my daughter and she is absolutely delighted! She will get a wee special treat for her birthday meal. Thank you so much for all your help in making this possible - I can't tell you how much I appreciated it.'Hilary Dickie - April 2020
Miriam Rogers - January 2020
'We bought a cooked ham from you, amongst other things. All delicious but the ham will now be a permanent fixture of our Christmas. Totally succulent and cooked to perfection. It made life so much easier and so much better than one I would have cooked myself.
Trish & Paul Scallon - January 2020
'Our ham looked just delicious but when it came to eating it we ran out of superlatives! It was (and still is just) simply scrumptious, out of all expectations and apart from the great taste the texture is perfect. We just felt we had to let you know.
Basil Thomas - January 2020
'[The hampers] were well received by all the family in various parts of the country! My wife and I ordered the smoked salmon and smoked duck, both of which were absolutely delicious.'
Nick Collings - December 2019
'My order was excellent as usual. Thank you'
Sue Eaves - December 2019
'Life's too short to consider an inferior product'
Deiniol ap Dafydd - July 2019
"The best smoked fish and chicken we have ever tasted"
Mrs Gaywood - March 2018
"I called in your shop whilst in Abergavenny at half term, I've got to say this is the nicest smoked salmon I've ever purchased, well done!"
Sue Frezza - December 2018
"I have tried smoked salmon from numerous sources over the years. I have found Black Mountain's salmon to be better than any. Highly recommended!"
David Pollitt - November 2018
"Delicious looking salmon, sent by a friend, just arrived on my doorstep! Thank you so much!"
Katie Rockley - October 2018
"Thank you, received order, which was beautifully packed"
Sara Bunn - September 2018
"The food is so delicious we always look forward to receiving our box"
Sally Evans - June 2018
"I was with one of the recipients of your smoked salmon on Saturday and they loved it – as much as I do!"
Wonkie Hills - June 2018
"Your food brings the equivalent-to-sunshine gastronomic delight and I shall be proud and delighted to show it off with one of my oldest and deeply loved pals"
Rachel Lewis - June 2018
"Order arrived on date, despite snow! Delicious & admired by all. Thanks"
"I recently had an order of hot roast smoked salmon and smoked duck breasts. I’ve had the smoked duck breasts before which are absolutely delicious and when I do the starter with oranges and walnuts for a dinner party it always goes down very well. A guest at my last one said the duck was ‘absolutely delicious’. I’d not had the hot roast salmon before but that was absolutely gorgeous too – and the dill mustard sauce with crème fraiche was a brilliant combination with the fish.
Jonathan put an extra duck breast in my order as he said the batch of duck breasts were a little small, so please would you pass on my thanks and appreciation to Jonathan for that very nice gesture. I appreciated that very much and I thought it was a good example of excellent customer care. Thank you."
Louise Fleet - January 2018
"Thank you so much Jo. We have really enjoyed the smoked food over the last year."
Marika Valiaho - Subscriber - December 2017
"Hi Jo. It was delicious. I'm so glad we made the effort rather than resort to Waitrose!! My Dad is enjoying the hamper too."
Melissa Nicholson - December 2017
"Hi Kate, we’re looking forward to having the fish over Christmas. We had the side of smoked salmon a few weeks ago at a relative’s christening and it was delicious!"
Michael Gallagher - December 2017
"My order has arrived safely this morning - it looks delicious. Thank you for your efficient service, we now look forward to eating both salmons over this weekend! Happy Christmas."
Antonia Wilson-Clarke - December 2017
"Just to say, we were at the Highclere Castle Christmas Fair today and had the pleasure of meeting your lovely team; a very friendly young man and a delightful Australian girl, who is an absolute credit to your business. Her knowledge of the brand and products was outstanding and she was incredibly engaging; no wonder they had practically sold out by lunchtime! We were so impressed; the products are delicious, we will enjoy them - thank you so much!"
Chloe Spence - December 2017
"Thanks for your telephone help with my order and difficulty logging in to my account with my visual ‘impairment."
Susan Lynn - December 2017
"Just a quick note from a very happy customer, that all the right things happened, and your box of delights is a magical culinary wonderland - the courier arrived just at noon and he was a lovely visitor - THANK YOU."
Dr Ruga - November 2017
"The cheese has arrived - very many thanks. We attacked the other one last evening- quite delicious!"
Basil Thomas - November 2017
"Dear Jo, Just to let you know that the shipment arrived safely here in France - and beautifully packed - yesterday afternoon. Thank you."
Helen Jones - November 2017
"Hello, still loving your boxes. We're working through the cold meats from last month, slowly, as they are so delicious. Thanks."
Alex Smith - Subscriber - November 2017
"We are so pleased with our treat - delicious, tasty moist salmon - perfect! Delivered in a most satisfactory state. We may well be back for more!
Judy Davies - October 2017
"Thank you shipment safely arrived and excellent as always so will be ordering more from your list."
Judith Patrick - September 2017
"Smoked Duck was delicious, thank you. Slowly getting back to normality after our hectic ‘wedding festival’!"
Louisa Stout - Caterer and producer at Lodge Farm Kitchen - August 2017
"Hello - Thank you for your flexibility!!! Ana"
Ana Belmonte - August 2017
"Very well done on your GTA success. Best wishes from everyone here."
Amber - May 2013