The Roving Apothecary

The Roving Apothecary is a small family business run by flavour enthusiast and long-term re-enactor, Rumble, selling his own artisan Spiced Honeys, quality herbs, spices and related products within a historical context and with a personal touch.  


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, baking and beverages. This has now become the main focus of the business. We also continue to sell Spiced Pickled Garlic and Infused Vinegars.


You can find the Apothecary at a wide range of country shows and food festivals with the Forgotten Flavours range of artisan ingedients, and at historic events and re-enactments around the country with the full setup including Herbs and Spices, Hand-blended Herbal Teas, Essential Oils and Handmade Soaps.


We stock many of the hard-to-find dried culinary herbs all in an unprocessed form and are always willing to help find the right product for your era and interest.

In order to educate and amuse, all our labelling includes snippets of the history of plant and its uses over the ages.


Rumble is supported from the sidelines by his wife Helen, who acts as chief form filler and computer monkey.


About Us


In 2013 Helen & Rumble took over the trading of The Roving Apothecary from the Wise Woman Jayne Milner.


Since then the business has changed considerably, re-focusing on the wealth of interesting flavours to be found in less well-known spices and hoping to ignite a passion for cooking and experimentation in cooks around the country, whatever their level of experience.