As one of the few genuine traditional smokeries in commercial production today, Coln Valley was established over thirty years ago by Michael Henriques. Mark Osborne, Managing Director and Partner joined the company in 2000, and has been responsible for the design and launch of our new smokery and production unit in Northleach, Gloucestershire.
Originally based at Barnsley Park, near Cirencester, Coln Valley had out-grown the old premises, and therefore a purpose built smokery was designed in November 2005 and fully operational in March 2006. Conforming to all the necessary hygiene regulations, and covering 7,000 square feet of high risk production area this building enables Coln Valley to process in excess of 700 tonnes of fresh Scottish salmon per year.
Coln Valley pride themselves on their traditional methods and use brick kilns, updated versions of the original “London Smokeholes”, which result in that wonderful mild smokey flavour, quite distinct from the mass production kilns of our competitors. Combined with our “state of the art” slicing technology and strict health and hygiene routines, we are able to satisfy the rigorous standards required by our customers. These include top London food halls, including Harrods, Partridges and many sporting events such as Cheltenham NH Festival, Henley Regatta, Twickenham and the Championship Golf Tournaments.
We are a bespoke company and pride ourselves on using specially selected superior grade salmon from two or three farms on the West Coast of Scotland. We also supply other smoked products such as trout, cods roe, haddock, kippers, mackerel, eels, chicken, duck breasts and smoked bacon. We are BRC approved to higher level and have won many awards for our Smoked products including 2010 Great Taste Gold Award.
We also have a long term commitment to investing in people so therefore our employees are all trained to the necessary food hygiene levels and several staff are currently working toward NVQ’s to the highest level. However, above all, the customer’s needs are our priority, and the success of our company is due to our commitment to customer satisfaction.
Our staff of 20 work together as a team ensuring that our valued established clients and new customers alike are satisfied with their products, service and delivery. In the heart of the Cotswold, with easy access to all of our major customers in London and the Home Counties, Coln valley has gone from strength to strength.