I first had these potted shrimps about 20 years ago and to this day, I use them as a bench mark by comparing others to them, and I have to say no one has come close to beating their outstanding flavour.
Potted shrimps are a traditional Lancastrian dish made with brown shrimps flavoured with mace . The dish consists of brown shrimp in mace-flavoured butter, which has set in a small pot. It is traditionally eaten with wholemeal toast. The butter acts as a preservative.
Baxters is one of the oldest, if not the oldest family firm in Morecambe.The family arrived in the district in the 1600′s, and in the early days combined farming with fishing, a way of life that is still found on the north side of the bay. But the fishing side of the business grew with Morecambe, and the farming has long since stopped.
Founded in 1799 by James Baxter & Son, Baxters have been potting shrimps for over 200 years and can be regarded as true masters of the trade. Baxters original slogan “If its a fish course, its Baxters of course” still resonates throughout the firm today.
They aim for 100% satisfaction and have many regular customers who have supported them over the years, including a Royal Warrant from HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, initially granted to Harry Baxter in the 1960’s. In the 1970’s, the Royal Warrant from HM The Queen was granted and is still retained to this day. A worthy recognition for this original English delicacy.