Meet The Team


Hello from The Surrey Hills Harvest Team!

What Inspired Us To Create Hurt Liqueur?

Many of the team have lived in and around the Surrey Hills for years and we all have a deep sense of appreciation of our local environment and just how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful part of the country. 

A few years ago we’d hit upon the idea of creating a product based on an ingredient unique to the Surrey Hills. We hadn’t found one. However, at the start of lockdown we were walking in the Hurtwood and stumbled across the Hurtberry. All of us have dogs (or hobbies) that regularly take us into the hills for recreational purposes. At the very beginning of lockdown when Matt happened to be walking up to the Iron Age hill fort at the top of Holmbury Hill to give our dog Fudge a walk, his 13 year old son, Frankie, asked him what the small berries were which covered much of the ground adjacent to the pathways and whether he could eat them. After some research we discovered the Hurtberry, which sparked the idea of creating an alcoholic drink based on this curious fruit.   

Twelve months and numerous recipe versions later, we are incredibly proud that Hurt Liqueur is now available to buy from our website as well as from some specially selected local independent retailers in Surrey, who clearly love their food and drink as much as we do. (See our Stockists page to find out where!)
Keep a look out here on our website and on Instagram for updates on new places to buy Hurt Liqueur.   

We hope that our product exemplifies some of the best things that have happened during lockdown… 
  • People have rediscovered the joy of what is on their doorstep and have been outside to explore. 
  • Being in touch with our local environment and local communities is something to embrace and truly value. 
  • Some of the best things in life are sometimes hidden …..but it can be well worth the effort to find them.

    We should all be there for each other in whatever way we can. Appreciating our natural environment and enjoying social time together – when we can – are great first steps. We have tried to bring our passion for local into the way that we have created and crafted Hurt Liqueur and hope that you will enjoy it with the special people in your life – why not try it with gin, with fizz or on its own.

    We hope you enjoy drinking Hurt Liqueur every bit as much as we have enjoyed creating it!!!!

    Matt, Becky, Carly, Andy, Amanda, Maureen, Ness, Fudge and Sammi.

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