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Horseheath based business making hand-made scotch eggs and sausage rolls is thriving




Anyone who tastes a Scotch egg made by Esther Bickerton will instantly realise
why the business she launched on her own is celebrating its third anniversary this week.

To mark the occasion Esther, who trades under the name The Kitsch Hen, will be having a pop-up stall outside Kedington Butchers, in Westward Deals, from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, November 16.

About 10 different flavours of Scotch egg, including a Christmas egg, will be available outside the butchers, which supplies Esther with all of her ‘excellent’ free range meat.

Esther Bickerton with some of the scotch eggs she makes for her business, The Kitsch Hen. Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography 2019.
Esther Bickerton with some of the scotch eggs she makes for her business, The Kitsch Hen. Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography 2019.

Esther runs the business, with the help of employee Sharon Solanki, from a kitchen in a refurbished shed in the garden of her home in Horseheath.

A one-time reflexologist, Esther turned her hobby into a business after her two children, now aged 12 and 10, had grown big enough to allow her the time to do so.

The enterprise began small but has now grown to the extent that she gets through about 600 free range eggs a week, all from Rattlesden Farm Foods, and has a range of 20 flavours, six of them vegetarian and three vegan.

Esther Bickerton preparing a scotch egg. Mark Bullimore Photography 2019.
Esther Bickerton preparing a scotch egg. Mark Bullimore Photography 2019.

The recipes are all her own and she also also cooks sausage rolls and pies.

Esther said: “I started very small with one fryer that had three eggs on it and one separate fridge. NowI can cook 60 at once.

“It just went kind of crazy and I found myself supplying some really lovely places.”

Among the Kitsch Hen customers are The Linton Kitchen, Kedington Butchers, The Three Hills in Bartlow, The Cambridge Cheese Company, The Jigsaw Bakery in Linton and the 1815 Union Bar in Cambridge.

Esther also does pop-ups and functions and can supply for parties and festivals.

She said: “We are now starting to see the benefits of all this hard slog and I still love it.

“I think we are finally getting into a really good place where it it is all ticking over.”

@The KitchHenScotchEggs can be found on Facebook.


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