Tapas . . . yes, it all began with Spanish tapas. A year after completing renovations on our Spanish cave house in Andalucia we were enjoying some rare time off in a local eatery in Orce village. Eyeing up the somewhat impressive Serrano hams hanging in the corner of the tapas bar, savouring a small plate of wafer thin ‘jamon’ drenched in olive oil with fresh bread and tomatoes we thought that this is a Spanish flavour that should not be kept a secret! A few months later in the spring of 2005 research began and by 2006 the Spanish delicatessen had become a reality.
We are Iain and Gayle, passionate about all things Spain and her extensive array of gastronomic delights. As a teacher of applied modern languages Gayle, originally from Newcastle, had already spent time in Andalucia and after several years of teaching Spanish and German in secondary education in the UK Gayle’s skills are still applied to this day in the local village, actively taking part in teaching modern languages to the local children. Gayle’s key role is logistics and operations management which keeps the delicatessen running like clockwork.
Iain, originally from Northumberland has worked in managerial positions in the manufacturing, retail and catering industries since 1990. Early 2003 however saw investigations into unique Spanish living, renovation of a century old cave house and becoming submersed in Spanish culture. Iain takes care of e-commerce and business development and has a keen interest in photography.
A Family Business . . .
Orce Serrano Hams is a family run business located in rural Andalucia, we work closely with artisan suppliers many of whom have been curing hams and other Spanish meats for generations, the result is some of the very finest produce from the region which is impossible to source outside of Spain. Forging good relationships with other small Spanish run businesses has been a priority and ensures that you receive the highest quality hams and cured meats available. Since the beginning the business has grown rapidly, embracing new concepts and technologies, 2010 saw the opening of new offices in Orce village and in August 2011 celebrated its fifth birthday. The vision has and will always be the same however and that is to source the finest products small Andalucian businesses have to offer, striving to continually offer the best we understand that without you, our customers the Spanish delicatessen would not exist.
Orce Serrano Hams Customer Testimonials ~ What you say! We love compliments and hearing how you enjoy your purchases, we’re always listening so why not find out what others are saying then drop us a line?
Latest News. With so much going on a monthly basis we thought we would share some of what we get up to here in Spain from visiting producers to new product launches – come and take a behind the scenes look at OSH.
Keep in touch ~ If you have any suggestions or would like to speak to us about any aspect of Spanish food then you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or why not give Gayle a call on:
0034 958065042 / 0034 958065170
OSH TIMELINE… 2006 ~ Present
Orce Serrano Hams is founded as an online Spanish delicatessen specialising in locally produced artisan cured hams and charcuterie from the Andalucian village of Orce and surrounding areas.
BBC 3 visit Orce Serrano Hams for three days of filming for a food documentary. Product range increases and we start blogging at ‘Top Spanish Tapas’.
International deliveries commence with the introduction of new Spanish food products, brand name coffee and ‘mojama’ become available to US customers.
Living Spain feature Orce Serrano Hams in a 4 – page article about business in Andalucia, new suppliers and producers are sourced in other areas of Andalucia. Hand painted ceramic tableware is introduced and the INDEPENDENT feature our flagship Serrano ham.
Business moves to new premises in the center of Orce village with fully equipped offices and storage facilities. New range of terracotta tableware and cookware introduced alongside an increasing selection of hand painted ceramics.
Orce Serrano Hams celebrates 5 years in business. Gayle publishes book ‘Mouth-watering Spanish Recipes’ and first wholesale shipments arrive in Australia.
Orce Serrano Hams moves from offices in the village to a warehouse in the newly built Orce ‘La Tarquina’ industrial estate. Sister website ‘Andalucian Exports’ is launched, dedicated to wholesale Spanish ceramics and pottery.
Spring 2013 sees a newly re-designed website and interior work begins on a new, larger warehouse on the outskirts of Orce village.