FOUNDED IN 2007, BERMONDSEY STREET BEES IS A SUSTAINABLE BEEKEEPING PRACTICE SUPPLYING HOTELS, RESTAURANTS AND BARS

OUR MULTI-AWARD-WINNING RAW HONEYS ARE MADE BY BEES LIVING ON WILD, REWILDED AND REGENERATIVE LAND, KEEPING THEM SAFE AND SUPPORTING POLLINATOR BIODIVERSITY

Our small-scale artisanal raw honey production and traditional ways of beekeeping prioritise bee welfare. We supply characterful, raw, single-source honeys to Chefs and Bartenders who want to support sustainable British beekeeping. banishing anonymous , highly processed ‘EU & Non-EU blends’ from their kitchens and bars in favour of real honey, with authentic terroir and stories to tell.

We have our own urban and rural apiaries and also keep bees for some visionary organisations who support our sustainability agenda through their own commitments to net biodiversity gain. Our London honeys are made on rewilded land in London’s far Docklands, where our honeybees can forage without negatively impacting wild pollinators which depend on the same resources. Our country bees are equally carefully sited, giving them abundant, varied, natural forage, away from monoculturally-farmed land.


FARMING WHICH DOES MORE THAN PRODUCE FOOD

Although we were originally London rooftop beekeepers, recent years have seen Central London hitting unacceptable levels of hive density, bee disease and competition for ever-diminishing forage. Responding to this increasingly unsustainable environment, we have been moving more and more of our bees away from central areas since 2020, leaving only those colonies able to depend on excellent forage.

In 2022, we followed that same path, leaving London’s Bermondsey Street for coastal Essex. For nearly 20 years, we have been planting and mentoring pollinator gardens in public and private spaces to support wildlife and feed bees, sharing that experience through our education programmes. Now on 4 acres of land near Maldon, we are planting on a far larger scale; developing an organic, closed system of regenerative land management, encompassing pollinator plantings, wildlife habitats, kitchen gardens and wilderness areas.


CONSULTING AND EVENTS

Apis, our Apicultural Consultancy, advises corporates in many sectors, helping them develop meaningful CSR, ESG and biodiversity projects We also create a wide range of bespoke Corporate Events and offer apiary locations, equipment hire and bee wrangling to photographers, filmmakers & TV production companies.

 

Dale Gibson

Founder

A dedicated and highly experienced beekeeper maintaining a clear focus on sustainability, Dale Gibson heads up our apiaries and Apis, our consultancy arm which undertakes apicultural audits and develops best practice blueprints and other ESG policy collateral for clients. He writes and speaks widely on the evolving issues around beekeeping in urban and rural settings. Dale has appeared on TV worldwide, from Sky News to CNN and Al-Jazeera documentaries as well as Great British Menu, Eat The Week and Saturday Kitchen.

Sarah Wyndham Lewis

Founder

A professional writer and Bologna-trained Honey Sommelier, Sarah, trains chefs and bartenders and runs raw honey tastings for food and drink industry professionals. She also consults and runs events for clients as varied as Cunard, the Greek government, Edrington UK and Slow Food. Sarah is the author of two bestselling books, The Wild Bee Handbook (2023) and Planting for Honeybees (2018), both published worldwide by Hardie Grant.  She writes and speaks for print and broadcast media and judges in food awards including The Great Taste Awards.

Giving Back

We believe in giving back. We contribute time, data and resources to global bee research. We raise money to train the next generation of beekeepers. We run community planting projects and advise on public and private realm planting initiatives to feed both honeybees and wild pollinators. We regularly donate speaking fees and percentages of pop-up sales revenues to bee charities.

Awards

2023

Great British Food Awards
4 x Silver Awards

Great Taste Awards
1 x Two Star Award
3 x One Star Awards

National Honey Show
4 x Gold Medals

2022

Great British Food Awards
Best Honey in the UK

Great Taste Awards
2 x Two Star Awards
1 x One Star Award

National Honey Show
3 x 1st Prize Awards
CH Knifton Challenge Cup

2021

Great British Food Awards
Best Food Producer
London & South East

2020

Great Taste Awards
Golden Fork: “Best Food Product in London and South-East”

Great Taste Awards
3 x Three Star Awards
3 x Two Star Awards

Great British Food Awards
Winner : Honey
Runner-Up: Honey

2019

Greater London Enterprise Awards
Sustainable Food SME of the Year

Great Taste Awards
Three Star Award

National Honey Show

Winner, Best Honey in London

National Honey Show

Carter Cup

2018

Sustain/London Foodlink
Top 50 London Food Heroes

Great Taste Awards
Three Star Award

National Honey Show
Second, Best Honey in London

National Honey Show
John Wilson Cup

2017

London Evening Standard
Top 10 London Food Producers

National Honey Show

Winner, Best Honey in London

2016

Great Taste Awards
Golden Fork: UK’s Small Artisan Producer
of The Year
Top 50 U.K. Foods.
3-Star Award

Urban Food Awards
Sustain/London Food Link
Winner, Heavenly Honey

National Honey Show
Second, Best Honey in London

National Honey Show

Second, Best Medium Honey in U.K.

London Honey Show
Winner, Best Packaging

2015

Great Taste Awards 
2-Star & 1-Star

Evening Standard: Urban Food Awards
Finalist

National Honey Show

Third, Best Honey in London

Oxfordshire Honey Show

Runner Up, Best Single Jar

London Honey Show
Runner up, Public Taste Honey

2013

National Honey Show
Runner Up, Best Honey in London

2012

National Honey Show
Runner Up, Best Honey in London

2012

London Honey Show
Winner, Best Rooftop Honey

London Honey Show

Winner, Best Packaging

2011

National Honey Show
Winner, Best London Honey

London Honey Show
Winner, Best Restaurant Honey