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Woodford & Warner



About us

A Trinidadian childhood and English heritage has indulged our passion for delicious food & drinks and sumptuous desserts.

The Company name had to represent the fact that everything is homemade. My mother lived in Woodford and I lived on Warner Road and so Woodford & Warner was formed. When I did a web search to register the Company name, it brought up a map of Port of Spain in Trinidad where Woodford and Warner Streets intersect. It is a fitting association and a remarkable coincidence since my father was born and raised in Port of Spain and many of the products are derived from Trinbagonian (Trinidad & Tobago) cooking.

Woodford & Warner manufacture premium Sorrel products which contain no additives or preservatives and their superior flavour and quality can be attributed to the use of natural ingredients. Sorrel is the Caribbean name given to the calyx of the Hibiscus Sabdariffa flower. It is also the name of the drink made from this part of the flower.

For over 20 years I have been making Sorrel and I developed a Sorrel Sorbet in 2012. I founded the company in 2013 and launched these two products.

In January of 2014 the Sorrel Drink was added to the to the range of products and in July of 2014 the Agave Range was developed and launched so we now have a comprehensive offering. The Agave range contains Organic Agave Syrup which is kinder to the body and less calorific. In Summer of 2015 we introduced the Sorrel & Ginger range.

I was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago until the age of 10. My family moved to Manchester, England in 1985 and I returned to Trinidad to do my A Levels in 1989. Thereafter, I attended and graduated from the University of Manchester with a BSc in Honours Chemistry in 1995. I spent 18 years in the Retail Sector but decided to pursue my passion after having a family.

The introduction of the Sorrel and Ginger range has been an exciting project this Summer and I am currently developing new products. As we approach Sorrel Season in the Caribbean,
I hope you and your families will enjoy celebrating Christmas the West Indian way!


Interesting Facts

The Egyptians have also been enjoying Sorrel for centuries yet call it Karkade. It is believed to have been prepared for the Pharaohs to maintain their youth and beauty.



Our Products

Woodford & Warner Ltd manufacture exotic non alcoholic Sorrel Drinks and a unique Sorrel Sorbet. Our Sorrel is freshly manufactured using our traditional recipe from Trinidad. It is made from the Hibiscus Sabdariffa flower and is subtly flavoured with cinnamon and cloves.

Due to popular demand, we recently introduced the Sorrel and Ginger range.

Sorrel is incredibly versatile. Drinks can be diluted to your taste, served hot or cold, still or sparkling. It has been enjoyed as a family drink for many generations across the world however its aromatic nature lends itself wonderfully as a mixer and a base for tropical mocktails and cocktails.

The sole use of natural ingredients ensures that our original recipes are free from additives, artificial preservatives and allergens.


Woodford & Warner Agave Sorrel & Ginger 500ml

Made from Hibiscus flowers, cinnamon, cloves and ginger. Sweetened with organic agave syrup.

Woodford & Warner Agave Sorrel 500ml


Made from Hibiscus flowers, cinnamon and cloves. Sweetened with organic agave syrup.

Woodford & Warner Agave Sorrel & Ginger Drink 275ml

Made from Hibiscus flowers, cinnamon, cloves and ginger. Sweetened with organic agave syrup.

Woodford & Warner Agave Sorrel Drink 275ml


Made from Hibiscus flowers, cinnamon and cloves. Sweetened with organic agave syrup.

Woodford & Warner Sorrel & Ginger Sorbet 125ml - Hibiscus Flower & Ginger flavour

Flavoured with Hibiscus flowers, cinnamon, cloves and ginger.

Woodford & Warner Sorrel Sorbet 125ml - Hibiscus Flower flavour

Flavoured with Hibiscus flowers, cinnamon and cloves.

Interesting Facts

Some of the health benefits of sorrel include its ability to boost eyesight, strengthen the immune system, improve digestion, build strong bones, increase circulation, increase energy levels, help prevent cancer, reduce certain skin conditions, lower blood pressure, slow the aging process, protect against diabetes, strengthen heart health, and improve kidney health.



Affiliates

Our products can be purchased from our affiliate stockists.

Partridges Food Market
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Spar E17
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The Larder
39 High Street
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Jensen's Gin
Bermondsey Distillery
55 Stanworth St
London SE1 3NY

Spar Hackney
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Grace & Albert Cookshop
406 Hale End Rd
London

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Jo Jo's Deli Kitchen
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To enjoy some of our products please visit any of the following:

OXO Tower Restaurant
OXO Tower Wharf
Barge House Street
London SE1 9PH

The William Morris Gallery
Forest Rd
London
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Jensen's Gin
Bermondsey Distillery
55 Stanworth St
London
SE1 3NY



FAQ

If you do not find an answer to your question, please email us your query.

What is Sorrel?


Sorrel is the calyx of the Hibiscus Sabdariffa flower and the name of the drink made from this particular flower.

What are the Health Benefits of Hibiscus Sabdariffa?

High content of Vitamin C - reduces inflammation and fights off infection.

Antibacterial properties and a gentle laxative - relieves constipation and painful bloating.

One of the highest levels of antioxidants of any widely available food.

Rich in anthocyanins which display the following properties:

  • Anti - cancerous - reduces cancer promotion
  • Antihypertensive - reduces blood pressure
  • Reduces blood pressure in people with Type 2 diabetes
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Anti- ageing
  • Natural Diuretic
  • Increases the elasticity of blood vessels

Due to the delicious flavour and extraordinary health benefits of the Hibiscus Sabdariffa, many tropical countries dry the flower and export it. In this form it is used to make teas, drinks and numerous hibiscus flavoured products.

Where does it originate?


Hibiscus Sabdariffa or Sorrel as it is commonly called in Trinidad & Tobago, is native from India to Malaysia. It has been widely distributed in the Tropics and Subtropics of both hemispheres and has become naturalized in many areas of the West Indies and Central America.

The following table lists a few more names that Sorrel is known by globally:


Name Country
Agua de Jamaica Mexico
Asam belanda Malaysia
Ambashthaki India
Belchanda Nepal
Bissap Senegal, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Ghana, Benin, Niger, Reunion, The Congo, France
Chin buang Burma
Flor de Jamaica Latin America
Jamaica Sorrel America
Karkade, Karkadé Egypt, Italy, Sudan, Levant
KrajiabDaeng Thailand
Luoshenhua Mandarin Chinese
Quiabo-roxo Brasil
Roselle Australia
Rosela Indonesia
Saril Panama
Torosh, Chai Torsh Iran
Wonjo The Gambia



Recipes

sorrel bubbly

Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine with a kiss of sorrel in either of these ways


Pour 10ml of sorrel into a champagne flute then slowly top up the flute with your sparkling wine.

or

Fill a champagne flute with sparkling wine then gently place a small teaspoon of sorrel sorbet in the top the glass.

Please beware that too much sorbet will cause the sparkling wine to effervesce and spill over.


Sorrel Straight Up

Half fill a tall glass with lots of ice. Add the required amount of Sorrel and stir it thoroughly.

Stir regularly to maintain the preferred concentration.


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Interesting Facts

Hibiscus sabdariffa, is most often grown in warm temperate regions for its vibrant bell-shaped flowers. It can reach up to 8 feet in height and features crimson stems, lobed leaves with red veins, pale yellow flowers and a large red calyx.



Contact Us

We would love to hear from you, regarding any questions or enquiries that you may have.
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Sarah Moore,
Woodford & Warner,
3 Hollywood Way,
Woodford Green,
London IG8 9LG

M: 07725 869 577