About Broighter Gold Rapeseed Oil, Limavady, Northern ireland
Every family business has a story - here's ours!
The Kane family has been farming in Myroe, Limavady, Northern Ireland for over 100 years. Richard (a sixth generation farmer) now works the land at Broglasco Farm, whilst his wife Leona is responsible for the business side of Broighter Gold Rapeseed Oil. Under their joint leadership the business has grown into one of the UK's best known and loved rapeseed oil suppliers. To this very day we still passionately tend our fields and plants as we stride to become one of Ireland's and the UK's best rapeseed oil suppliers.
We joined the Économusée network, a concept which was developed in Québec in Canada in 1992.
We opened our workshop inviting tourists to watch artisans at work and learn about the processes used, the history of their craft and the heritage of traditional skills and have been welcoming visitors since February 2012.
Broighter Gold Rapeseed oil, owned by Richard & Leona Kane, was discovered by accident one evening in 2009. Leona was preparing the tea and had run out of olive oil. Richard fetched some of their unfiltered cold pressed rapeseed oil which Leona used to cook their two fillet steaks, and make a salad dressing. The business was established in 2011.
It was the smell of the rapeseed oil that was the first thing that caught Leona's attention and the way the steaks didn't burn in the pan, the taste wasn't bitter, with no aftertaste like olive oil and we joked that it was our "Broighter Gold". That was the spark that ignited what is now an award winning rapeseed oil grower and producer and one of the UK's best loved and star rated rapeseed oil suppliers.
Harvesting Rapeseed at Broglasco Farm
Excited about the health benefits of using rapeseed oil for cooking, frying and making dressings, Leona set out to build a great rapeseed oil brand and make Broighter Gold a leading rapeseed oil supplier. Diversifying their natural product of cold pressed rapeseed oil and turning it into a premium cooking oil, for all to love and enjoy, has taken the family on a personal journey they never could have imagined. Broighter Gold is today one of Ireland's and UK's best known rapeseed oil suppliers, with our premium quality rapeseed oils sold in stores and used in top restaurants and hotels all over Ireland.
We have since developed our own infused range of rapeseed oils and gift packs that have won numerous awards and accolades from leading chefs in the industry. We also have a long line of delegates who have used and tasted our fine rape oil produce: Noel McMeel of the Lough Erne Resort used it for the G8 Summit; The Queen has had it at Titanic Belfast; it's been used by James Martin, Simon Rimmer and Rachel Allen. The Irish President and President Obama have had it on their tables; we've even been to the House of Lords with our products and we attended the Queen's Garden Party at Hillsborough!
Our website is packed full with rapeseed oil recipes, ideas, stories about the "Broighter Hoard" discovered on our land in 1896, and a full list of our stockists and the restaurants we supply. Share your ideas through Twitter and Facebook.
We are now stocking the World's first department store La Grande Epicerie de Paris and you can also order rapeseed oil online directly through this website to be shipped anywhere around the world.
Our products are used by many restaurants and endorsed by chefs near and far. If you are interested in using or stocking our premium quality oils then please contact us - we would love to hear from you!
Alternatively individuals interested in our rapeseed oil can also buy it directly from us through this website. Our oils can be shipped anywhere around the world. As farmers and producers, quality is key for our business and brand. We know that you will love our oils just as much as we do making them!