Review of The English Provender Co Hot Tomato Pickle

I am always on the lookout for new savoury treats to enjoy yet I rarely consider trying pickles as I assume that they are not suitable for dairy free me. In fact I have to confess to only really having a little at Christmas, Easter or special family occasions. So when I was asked if I would like to review The English Provender Co hot tomato pickle I was surprised to discover that it was suitable for a vegan diet and was indeed dairy free. So I of course accepted the offer to try the pickle.

Onto the packaging I liked the rectangular design of the glass jar which allows you to see the inviting pickle inside. To the front is a label which has a circle with the company’s logo to the top underneath there is a spoon and the name of the pickle. This is surrounded by a picture of tomatoes. Simple but effective. Onto the ingredients list Sugar, Tomato Paste (11%), Red Pepper, Onions, Cider Vinegar, Water, Gherkins (Gherkins, Water, Vinegar, Sugar, Salt), Barley Malt Vinegar, Carrot, Swede, Red Chilli, Chilli Rings (Chilli, White Wine Vinegar, Sugar, Salt), Cornflour, Garlic, Salt, Yellow Mustard Seeds, Spices. Barley and mustard are clearly highlighted as allergens in bold. There is no may contain warning. On the company’s website it is labelled as being as being suitable for a vegetarian diet and a vegan diet.

On opening the jar I heard a slight click and release as I twisted and lifted the lid. I was greeted by a fairly strong aroma of rich smoky tomato with a hint of onion and pepper and garlic noted. This intensified on my famous close up test the smoky tomato aroma took centre stage.

On taking the pickle out of the jar via a teaspoon I immediately liked the deep red colour. It had a nice thick chunky consistency. I could clearly see the tomato intermingled with pepper, onion and swede. I Initially I tried the pickle by itself. The first thing that struck me was its smokiness, I was worried that it may be a little too hot from the chilli but not so. I got the initial smoky tomato flavour this was then intermingled with the slight sweetness from the pepper and swede. I then got a slight kick from the onion and chilli. The combinations of flavours complimented each other perfectly. I liked the variety of textures that had been integrated nicely into the pickle from the slight firm crunch from the carrot, pepper, and onion though to the slight smoothness from the swede and tomatoes.

At this point I should confess to having requesting ideas on how to use this pickle. I used it slightly warmed to top a sausage on in a baguette and the combination of flavours and textures worked perfectly. I also had it topped on a burger, delicious and perfect for summer barbecues. My favourite yet most simple suggestion was to have it in a cheese toasty. I simply added some of the pickle to the top of the cheese before toasting. It added a very delicious yet simple twist, there was no mushiness that you can get from a tomato and cheese toasty. The slight kick from the chilli and smokiness from the tomatoes worked really well with the melted cheese and made for the perfect quick and easy savoury treat.


So would I recommend this tomato pickle? Yes definitely. I liked everything about this chutney from its packaging through to its aroma, flavour and texture. So if you follow a dairy free, vegetarian or a vegan diet why not give this a try. So thank you The English Provender Co for producing a pickle that I can enjoy.

Disclaimer: I received this pickle in return for an honest review. All of the opinions are honest and my own.
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28 Comments

    • Pinkiebag
      Author
      April 22, 2018 / 6:13 pm

      It sure is.

  1. Eat Explore Etc
    April 20, 2018 / 6:23 pm

    I love English Provender stuff! My current favourite is “Sweet Tomato & Chilli Chutney” – there’s always a jar open in the fridge and an unopened jar in the cupboard. Yes, we have back-up stocks! It’s great with ham, or as we had tonight, the chutney with a beef burger and mashed up avocado. Delicious! 🙂

    • Pinkiebag
      Author
      April 22, 2018 / 6:13 pm

      Oh I need to try this chutney I think I would love it. I’m dreaming of burgers now 😊

  2. April 21, 2018 / 4:58 am

    Looks like a great product! Went into hungry mode when I saw the photo at the end. Thanks for sharing ♥️ ♥️ By any chance you are interested on doing collaborations, you can check out the collaborations portal of Phlanx.com and connect with amazing brands!

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    • Pinkiebag
      Author
      April 22, 2018 / 6:12 pm

      Oh no sorry if I made you hungry.

  3. April 21, 2018 / 7:40 am

    Yummy!!! My husband loves a hot and spicy compliment to his meals so will definitely be giving this a try. Your pictures literally had my mouth watering! #sharingthebloglove

    • Pinkiebag
      Author
      April 22, 2018 / 6:10 pm

      Oh I think this would certainly be worth you while trying then.

  4. April 21, 2018 / 10:11 am

    Oh this looks interesting. I am not sure if i would like it as I’m not a fan of anything too spicy or hot. It does look good in those cheese toasties though! 😋

    Thanks for sharing with #MMBC x

    • Pinkiebag
      Author
      April 22, 2018 / 6:09 pm

      Hi, maybe this one isn’t for you then. I have to say it did make a mean cheese toasty.

  5. April 21, 2018 / 6:39 pm

    This sounds wonderful – I love a tomato chutney, and the spiciness is right up my street. In fact, I used to often have tomato chutney on toast for my breakfast – I’ve not had it in years but I feel I need to start that again, a bit strange maybe, but I loved it! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Pinkiebag
      Author
      April 22, 2018 / 6:08 pm

      Gosh I cant imagine having that for breakfast it is generally Weetabix for me. I would love to know if you give this a try.

  6. April 21, 2018 / 9:27 pm

    This sounds lovely! I have tried some of the other English Provender chutneys but not this one. Must look out for it. #brilliantblogposts

    • Pinkiebag
      Author
      April 22, 2018 / 6:06 pm

      Hi, it sure is and a very versatile pickle well worth trying.

  7. diynige
    April 22, 2018 / 7:56 am

    Great review as always Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

    • Pinkiebag
      Author
      April 22, 2018 / 6:05 pm

      Thank you, no doubt I will be linking up again soon.

  8. April 22, 2018 / 10:18 pm

    I’ve never heard of such a thing, but you sure do make me want to try it! TY! #fabfridaypost xoxo

    • Pinkiebag
      Author
      April 30, 2018 / 4:53 pm

      Oh it’s worth giving it a try if you find some.

  9. April 23, 2018 / 6:00 am

    I’ve seen this around a lot but haven’t tried it. I might have to next time I see it! #Sharingthebloglove

    • Pinkiebag
      Author
      April 30, 2018 / 4:52 pm

      If you decide to give it a try I would love to know what you think, thanks.

  10. April 23, 2018 / 12:23 pm

    Oh wow! This look so good….It sounds perfect with sausages x #MMBC

    • Pinkiebag
      Author
      April 30, 2018 / 4:51 pm

      Hi, its worked really well with sausages and cheese, well worth trying.

  11. RaisieBay
    April 24, 2018 / 10:03 am

    I love English Provender chutney’s but I’ve not tried this one, I think I was put off by the chilli. It’s good to hear it’s not so hot and that cheese toasty looks so inviting. I may have to try it now.
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    • Pinkiebag
      Author
      April 30, 2018 / 4:48 pm

      Hi, there is a nice balance with the kick so it’s not too strong. I certainly recommend adding it to a cheese toasty.

  12. April 26, 2018 / 12:38 pm

    Interesting! I’ve never heard of this before. I’m glad you approved it. I will need to get some for our my little girl’s Sunday Princes Birthday Tea Party this Sunday! 🙂

    Thank you very much for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost

    • Pinkiebag
      Author
      April 30, 2018 / 4:40 pm

      Oh a princess party sounds exciting. I think that their chutney and pickles are vegan, so you could have a selection.

  13. April 29, 2018 / 9:36 pm

    I do love a good pickle and this sounds fabulous. I have a collection of cheese in the fridge and this sounds perfect! #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Pinkiebag
      Author
      April 30, 2018 / 4:31 pm

      Oh this would go perfectly with a nice selection of cheese. The jar did not last very long.

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