Hive & Keeper was founded in 2015 to show off British small scale beekeepers and the unique way their honeys reflect the different place, flowers, weather and bees that make it. We love the thrill of bringing you limited edition honeys and telling the stories behind them.
Hive & Keeper started with the two hives I kept in my back garden in London. It was through my beekeeping hobby that I discovered how different their honeys tasted every time I tried them.
That was a real eureka discovery moment and the spark for Hive & Keeper: I wanted to get back to the magic of nature by keeping honey taken from a hive separate to any other honey so you too get the same exciting eye-widening, tongue-thrilling discovery I had!
The excitement has never really gone away as, through the bees
and beekeepers, I’ve learnt more and more about nature: I’ve stopped to study weeds
growing in cracks, mosses on stones, flowers coming into bud and bees and
wildlife go about their business. Everything we see has influenced our designs,
our homage to the landscapes that create our honeys.
Knowing where things come from matters
Provenance is at the heart of what we do as where things come from is
important. Over complicated supply chains and importing products from thousands
of miles away is bad for our environment and when things are cheap you have to wonder
how anyone makes money, are people losing out as well as the environment?
So this is what we do so that you can trust what you’re getting, and be reassured
that we’ve trodden as lightly on the earth as we can. Just like our bees!
Everything we do is made in the UK and supports British artisans and business
We visit every beekeeper and their bees and know the landscape and place
that made each honey
We only take honeys from beekeepers we can see
are good custodians of their bees and the environment around them
We don’t do anything other than jar and label
so you’re really eating honey just as our beekeepers can, straight from the
And then we tell you: we write the name of
the beekeeper and where the hive is on each jar and tell you the story of the
beekeepers behind each honey too.
We work with a growing network of small scale British beekeepers. We visit them all to talk bees and see the landscapes and bees that make each honey. All our beekeepers are good custodians of their bees and the woodlands, meadows, gardens and fields they keep them in. Our aim is to bring you special honeys from more and more British beekeepers - as long as they're good custodians of their bees and environment of course.
Treading carefully on the planet matters and we're determined to keep it at the forefront of what we do:
All of our beekeepers prioritise their bees' health and well-being over honey production.
We use hay that's been grown and cut in fields around us for our packing (and we even get to visit at harvest time!)
All of our packaging is bought from UK suppliers to keep the carbon footprint of everything we use to a minimum.
We work with simple, local and transparent supply chains and with fellow small British businesses and people that care
Everything is 100% recyclable
Our labels are peelable so they come off the jars easily, meaning you can use the jars again and again.