Patchwork was established in 1982 by Margaret Carter, a talented, although untrained, home cook, who found herself divorced with 3 children to look after. With start up cost of just £9.00, saved from housekeeping, she began selling her home made Pates to local pubs in nearby Llangollen.
As Margaret attached more and more customers and the business successfully started to expand she moved the business from her house in 1987 to a purpose-equipped factory in the heart of Ruthin. Despite the commercial scale today, everything is still hand-made in small batched, without artificial colouring, additives or preservatives, to Margaret’s original recipes.
I would certainly say Pub in the Park is up there with one of best things I have ever done, the atmosphere and buzz over those 3 days was just electric and I felt so lucky to be a part of it all. All in all, we served around 4000 dishes over the 3 days, the most popular being the Mackerel Taco which sold out on each session, I couldn’t have asked for a better crowd though as they were all willing to try the other dishes we had to offer. One of my favourite moments had to be that I got to celebrate my birthday which was on the Sunday In such an incredible way, meeting a huge amount of kind and wonderful people as well as watching The Milk who are one of my favourite bands.
Wow - what an incredible, amazing weekend! The vibe was fantastic; the food was stunning, the music outstanding, but above all else, the people of Marlow made the whole event feel very special. It showed off our lovely town to all our visitors and the chefs from all over the country and did us proud.