Honey

Our local honey is supplied from hives less than a mile away from the shop from very well cared for bees. The bees forage for up to a three mile radius, so whilst you are enjoying a drink in our little sitting area the very same bees may be visiting our lovely flowers!

Local honey is thought to help lessen the effects of allergies.

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P1050188                WHAT’S THE BUZZ ABOUT BEES?

  • Bees are the only insect in the world that make food that people can eat
  • One bee will only make half of a teaspoon on honey in its entire life
  • A colony of bees can contain between 20,000 and 60,000 bees, but only one queen bee
  • A bee’s wings beat 190 times a second, that’s 11,400 times a minute!
  • To make 1lb of honey the bees need to visit 2 million flowers!
  • The queen bee will lay around 1,500 eggs a day
  • Bees have two separate stomachs; one for food and another just for nectar
  • Honey has natural preservatives so that it won’t go bad
  • Bees communicate by smells called ‘pheromones’ and by performing special ‘waggle dances’
  • Bees fly about 55,000 miles to make just 1lb of honey, that’s 1½ times around the world!
  • Bees have been producing honey the same way for over one hundred and fifty million years
  • Bees are pollinators vital to our food chain. One third of the food we eat would not be available but for bees.
  • Bee Keepers only take the honey that bees do not need, but this can be as much as 100lb from one hive!