Chutneys, pickles and sauces. Mr Vikki’s

Judging by the awards that have come its way, Mr Vikki’s must be one of the hottest dates in Cumbria.

Since Adam Marks set up the business in 2005 its range of pickles, sauces, jams, mustards and chutneys have picked up 123 Great Taste Awards ‘which means you are getting the best there is,’ he says. 

Two of his products have won the maximum three stars at those awards: Chilli Jam in 2021 and Banana Habanero in 2013. The latter also received a Golden Fork at the awards and was pronounced Best Speciality from the North. A ‘genius product,’ said a satisfied customer, and one that is hugely popular.

2022 then saw Mr Vikki’s win Best in Class for Habanero Chilli Jam at the USA Scovie awards, while at the National Chilli Awards 2022, the business was a winner in two categories (King Naga and Habanero Chilli Jam) and finalist in 11 others.

‘We make fresh, delicious and complex tasting products that not only have a serious kick to them but also deliver on flavour,’ says Adam, a self-confessed ‘chilli-head’. Of course you can get your ‘kick’ in a mild, warm, medium, hot or very hot way, as the Heat ‘O’ Meter on the side of each jar indicates. 

King Naga and North African Harissa, for instance, are ‘very hot’, Hot Apricot and Keswick Market Curry Sauce are ‘mild’. Keswick market, incidentally, is a weekly outing for Mr Vikki’s, a stall where Adam ‘talked spice and chilli’ to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge when they visited the town in 2019. 

Others in his range include Old Delhi Chutney, HHH Madras, Tomato and Nigella Chutney, Garlic Pickle, Mr Vikki’s Hot Apricot, Samba Nagai, Harry’s Brown Sauce, Scotch Bonnet Fudge, Brinjal Pickle and Extra Orange Cardamom Marmalade. 

‘We’re dedicated to using fresh, natural ingredients…chopped ginger, garlic and various types of fresh chillis’, says Adam, the products ‘mostly vegetarian and vegan friendly’. 

There’s plenty of information - sometimes humorous - about each of the chutneys, pickles, jams and sauces on the website which also features a number of recipes. Adam operates a loyalty points scheme as well for those buying online. 

As for the name Mr Vikki’s, that came from an Indian friend who Adam used to work with when he was head chef at the then Leeming House Hotel on Ullswater. It was while there that he bought a jar of sauce from a supermarket and decided he might just be able to do better. The fact that he’s set the foodie world alight probably means that he made the right decision.

Mr Vikki’s, Myers Lane Business Park, Penrith CA11 9DP: 01768 210102, www.mrvikkis.co.uk Adam’s range of products can be found in a number of well known specialist food shops in Cumbria. Online sales too. 

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