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Hoe’s Sauce

July 8, 2012

Hoe’s Sauce

Hoe's Sauce

Hoe's Sauce Vintage Bottle

Hoes Sauce Labels 1899

Hoes Sauce Labels 1899

  • Not tasted Hoe’s Sauce, and would appreciate comments from those who have.
  • Hoe’s Sauce is another legend among brown sauce lovers. Vanished from the marketplace and its loss is much regretted.
  • This is one of the oldest known brown sauce, once considered the best of all and enjoying a royal warrant.
  • If any brown sauce should be reinstated in the market place, then it is this English heritage sauce. Of course, if the recipe has been lost then the sauce is lost forever.
  • Hoe’s Sauce originated in 1854 in Manchester, England, moving to Heywood Farm, Greater Manchester (North West England), in the early 1900s.
  • The paper label featured a goose carrying a bottle.
  • It was taken over by Norco Pickles, in Pendlebury (City of Salford).
  • It was then bought out by Pandora Pickles, based in Middleton Junction.
  • Hoe’s Sauce, once upon a time honoured with the Royal Warrant of Queen Alexandra (wife to King Edward VII), is no longer produced by its most recent owner, an Irish multinational company.
  • It’s previous owners include Norco Pickles, Pandora Pickles, George Henshall of Middleton Junction near Manchester.

Hoes Sauce Duck

The Strand Magazine 1903

Tucks Postcard 1904

Tucks Collecter's Postcard Series, 1904


Hoes Sauce advert 1911

The Strand Magazine 1911



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10 Responses to Hoe’s Sauce

  1. Steve Hepworth on October 30, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    My aunt, who lived in Manchester, always brought us a bottle down when she came to visit. Highly treasured and sadly missed!

  2. Keith Birkett on September 21, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Is there anything that tastes close

  3. John Balmer on September 10, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Finest brown sauce on the market, lead HP by a mile more so now HP is made in Europe

  4. Mike Thompson on September 9, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    I worked for Norco at the time it was bought by them and had sight of the warrant and recipe .the first thing they wanted to make it cheaper!!! as luck would have it we had enough stock bought in. I think it was far superior to that one with parliamentary connections..I hope it is not lost to the nation..

  5. Anne on April 23, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Found what looks like the top of a bottletop embossed Hoe’s Sauce with Regd in the centre – any idea of age it could be

  6. Alan Jamieson on August 26, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    I would support any endeavor to restore Hoe’s Sauce to its rightful place on Super Market shelves, I’ve searched for it for the past ten years! Good luck to any moves to get it re-instated.

  7. Chris on April 13, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    A sad loss to the nation! My last bottle was bought in Chester-le-Street Co-op in 2000. I still have the label somewhere, used to try and track down the supplier, to no avail.
    How can we get the brand owner to reinstate it?

    • Malcolm Dalebö on April 13, 2012 at 3:59 pm

      Public opinion was able to get Hammond’s Chop sauce reinstated, so my suggestion would be a Facebook page explaining the history, how it is sorely missed and then a petition to reinstate. If it takes off then, if Chop sauce is an example, the manufacturers would enjoy the publicity and who knows? But it would be worth a try.

      • bunter on April 13, 2012 at 5:29 pm

        I agree with Chris that this sauce was a sad loss to British Sauce lovers, but unless somebody steps forward who is prepared to lead such a campaign, then this is just a wake to what was considered at one time to be the best sauce of all.

  8. Bernard on March 27, 2012 at 4:32 am

    Fine information! I have been looking for something similar to this for a little bit now. With thanks!

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