The Roving Apothecary is a small part-time business run by re-enactment and flavour enthusiast, Rumble, selling quality herbs, spices and related products within a historical context and with a personal touch.
We predominantly sell at historic events and re-enactments around the country, with a growing e-mail (and telephone) order service.
In order to educate and amuse, all our labelling includes snippets of the history of plant and its uses over the ages.
We stock many of the hard-to-find dried herbs that have been used traditionally for a wide variety of conditions and cooking-pots, all in an unprocessed form and are always willing to help find the right product for your era and interest.
We focus on culinary herbs and spices, highlighting the delights of long forgotten flavours to re-enactors and discerning members of the public. To this end there is now a tasting counter at most of our shows run by the beardy-baldy one. We also stock a range of botanicals used through the centuries as Herbal teas as well as various medicinal and household purposes.
In July 2016 we we launched a new range of Spiced Honey within our Forgotten Flavours brand, which combine ancient spices with quality honey to create a hand-crafted taste explosion suitable for a wide range of cooking and drinking. We also continue to sell Spiced Pickled Garlic.
If you're after something a little different to pamper yourself or a friend, we hold a wonderful selection of bathing products, creams, soaps and essential oils, all parabens and SLS free, and containing pure ingredients and botanicals. We also have a colourful range of gifts from along the Spice Route.
As a hardened battle re-enactor, covering Viking and Medieval Eras from 900AD to 1500AD Rumble can sometimes be found sneaking away from the stall to have fun on the battlefield. (and can personally attest to the efficacy of the Battle Bath Soak at the end of a hard weekend ) His wife, Helen helps from the sidelines as chief form-filler.
In 2013 Helen & Rumble took over the trading of The Roving Apothecary from the Wise Woman Jayne Milner.
We realised many people had come to have on access to good quality herbs, spices, ointments and the like, alongside the wealth of knowledge on their uses and historical background and wished to keep this going, whilst indulging our own passion for interesting flavours and something unusual.
With Helen retiring from the front line in 2016 due to other commitments, Rumble now owns and runs the business and is the mastermind behind the hugely succesful Spiced Honey. Helen still makes the occasional appearance at local shows. She says she 'misses the people, but not lumping boxes around.'