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Olive magazine’s Christmas taste test saw John Ross Jr’s Traditional Smoked Salmon feature as one of only five of the UK’s best smoked salmon products. The panel said ‘there’s a lovely smoke balance to this firm-textured salmon. We like the hint of beech and subtle smoke that doesn’t overpower the fish.’

Country Life

It’s always nice to be featured in the Christmas issue of Country Life magazine – especially when Tom Parker Bowles gives us a good review. Of our Traditional Smoked Salmon he said: ‘A high quality, everyday smoked salmon, with a mellow smoke and good depth of flavour.’

The Scotsman Food and Drink and The Herald

The newspaper, which remains close to our hearts, revealed that our Traditional Smoked Salmon featured as a pre-starter in The Seafood Ristorante’s Christmas gift hamper alongside some fantastic dishes including potted duck terrine, sea trout wellington and sherry trifle.


John Ross’s smoked salmon features in The Herald’s Luxury Christmas supplement under its ‘Smoked and Cured’ section.
December 2020

Fish Focus covers John Ross’s Dill Sauce deal with Waitrose, after the UK supermarket’s decision to list the popular accompaniment
November 2020

Great British Food magazine covers John Ross in its Everyday Fish Suppers Feature. The Traditional Smoked Salmon is listed as a ‘fantastic buy for your weekday eating’ article
October 2020


Surrey Life features John Ross in its Christmas-focussed ‘Surrey Life Loves…’ feature
December 2019

Undercurrent News announces the partnership between John Ross and fellow food connoisseurs, Donald Russell, after John Ross launches two new products designed exclusively for the mail order meat firm
August 2019

John Ross Jr’s Chief Executive, Christopher Leigh, wins Food & Drink Entrepreneur at the 2019 North East Scotland Food & Drink awards, prompting media coverage in the regional and trade press
March 2019


The Press and Journal covers John Ross Jr’s Kiln Roasted Smoked Salmon Kedgeree recipe in its ‘Tasty dish with a twist’ feature
December 2018

John Ross features in Where in London’s ‘Feast for the Eyes’ feature, after exclusive London restaurant, Helix, proudly states that it serves John Ross smoked salmon
October 2018

John Ross is featured in a Manufacture Awards roundup feature, in Food Manufacture magazine, after being made finalist in the Seafood manufacturing company of the year award
October 2018

Ed Blackhall, Head Chef at Pittodrie House Hotel, featured John Ross in his smoked haddock, smoked eel, brown shrimp & pea risotto with soft poached egg recipe, which was published in the Evening Express
August 2018

Fine Food Digest magazine covers the launch of the limited edition Royal Wedding rum smoked salmon, which was launched for one month only to celebrate the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
July 2018

The Press and Journal includes John Ross Jr’s limited edition Royal Wedding rum smoked salmon as part of its ‘Royal Treats’ Feature
May 2018

Smoked Trout Success!
The Scottish media covers John Ross Jr’s award win after winning the Best New Retail Product Award at the North East Scotland Food & Drink Awards 2018
Various, April 2018
Smoked Trout Makes top three
John Ross Jr’s Smoked Trout makes the top three picks in Great British Food Magazine’s ‘Shopping Essentials’ feature.
Great British Food, January 2018


Festive Fodder
The Absolute magazine series credits John Ross Jr for creating ‘the UK’s best smoked salmon’ in its festive dining feature
Absolute Chiswick, Absolute Chelsea and Fulham, Absolute Richmond
December 2017

John Ross Jr adds smoked Trout
The Grocer covers how John Ross Jr launched its Smoked Trout as an exclusive partnership with Waitrose
November 2017

A fin gesture
John Ross Jr featured in The Sun following its decision to donate salt to Aberdeen Council’s street gritting teams
The Sun, November 2017

Cure for drivers fishtailing in winter
John Ross Jr featured in the Daily Express for its decision to donate 150 tonnes of salt to Aberdeen Council to help de-ice streets and pavements
Daily Express, November 2017

John Ross Jr’s Managing Director, Christopher Leigh, features in CBBC magazine, in which he explains John Ross Jr’s successful entry into the China market
CBBC, June 2017 

‘A changing of the guard at the Aberdeen Association of the Royal Warrant Holders Association’. The Press & Journal reports on how John Ross Jr’s Managing Director is named president.
Press & Journal, June 2017

Hotel F&B magazine reported on how the Sheraton Grand Park Lane offers ‘far from your average tea’, providing some of the finest ingredients including ‘delicate finger sandwiches and John Ross Jr’s smoked salmon with caper cream, dill and seaweed scone’.
Hotel F&B magazine, June 2017


John Ross Jr’s Tea Smoked Salmon featured in The Daily Mail’s Christmas smoked salmon feature, entitled ‘Salmon with gin or treacle, anyone?
The Daily Mail, 22 December 2016

John Ross Jr features in Food & Travel magazine in its ‘Simple Slices’ feature. The festive piece covered how John Ross Jr’s gravadlax with dill sauce is ‘marinaded to perfection’ with molasses and salt in time-honoured Scandinavian fashion.
Food & Travel, November 2016 

John Ross Jr’s Smoked Salmon Pate made its way into Speciality Food Magazine, in which the magazine described the product as ‘finest Scottish smoked salmon traditionally cured and smoked for a succulent flavour, then blended with a smooth and creamy soft cheese with a hint of lemon and white pepper’.
Speciality Food Magazine, November 2016 

In a feature called ‘Smoked Fish’, chef and TV personality Richard Corrigan awarded John Ross Jr a Great British Food Award for its Balmoral Fillet, beating two other renowned smokehouses to first place
Great British Food magazine, November 2016

“John Ross Jr is a successful local company which plays such a key role in adding value to the Scottish economy.”
The Lord Provost of Aberdeen speaking to the Press and Journal on John Ross Jr’s Queen’s Award success, August 2016 

‘Second Queen’s Award for International Achievement’
FMCG magazine covers John Ross Jr’s second Queen’s Award win
FMCG magazine, 1 May 2016

The Grocer magazine announced John Ross Jr’s success in winning a Scottish Food & Drink Excellence Award for its multi-award winning Balmoral Fillet.
The Grocer, June 2016 

John Ross Jr featured in Hello! Magazine’s food section in a feature entitled ‘Starfish’, in which Michelin-starred chef Shay Cooper, Executive Chef at The Goring, provided three recipes using John Ross Jr’s smoked salmon and hot smoked salmon.
Hello! Magazine, June 2016 

John Ross Jr is revealed as being a coveted Queen’s Award in International Trade Award winner for its export success.
Press & Journal, 16 May 2016

John Ross Jr’s Sales Director, Vicky Leigh, was one of three people interviewed for a feature on the rising popularity of smoked salmon and a growing global appetite for the product in the nationwide Waitrose Weekend magazine. 
Waitrose Weekend, 10th December 2015

John Ross Jr’s Tea Smoked Salmon with Lapsang Souchong Tea was one of four prominent smoked salmon brands to appear in a national Christmas smoked salmon taste test on Channel 4’s popular Sunday Brunch show. The five minute feature saw John Ross Jr’s product effectively ‘win’ the contest, with the show’s co-presenter, Tim Lovejoy, claiming it was “stunning” and comedian Russell Kane claiming that it was his favourite out of the four for its “complexity of flavour”.
Sunday Brunch (Channel 4), 6th December 2015

John Ross Jr’s Traditional Smoked Salmon featured in Eat In Magazine’s ‘Tried and Tested’ feature in the December issue, in which the editor said ‘We couldn’t fault this [smoked salmon]. Worth the cost and thin enough for the tiniest of canapés, or to mix into scrambled eggs at breakfast.’
Eat in, December 2015

Philip Schofield and Amanda Holden pick John Ross Jr’s Balmoral Fillet as their favourite smoked salmon in the Christmas taste test on ITV’s This Morning
ITV’s This Morning, 9th December 2014

Food & Travel Magazine recommends John Ross Jr's Luxury Prawn Cocktail to celebrate Burn's Night as part of its Scottish Supper feature.
Food & Travel Magazine, December 2014 

Surrey Life urges Surrey residents to make their Christmas dinner extra special in their Gourmet Life feature by sourcing the very best ingredients locally. Of course, they included our Traditional Smoked Salmon.
Surrey Life, December 2014

The Lady magazine included our Smoked Salmon Pate in its Festive Food Guide feature, a roundup of the very best Yuletide treats.
The Lady, December 2014

The Scottish Grocer recommended our Luxury Prawn Cocktail in its festive feature special entitled With all the trimmings.
Scottish Grocer 

The Press and Journal covered the launch of the Luxury Prawn Cocktail, labelling it a 'Luxury Classic' in its Christmas Food News feature.
The Press and Journal, 8th November 2014

Our Tea Smoked Salmon featured in The Sunday Telegraph's Stella Magazine as part of its Six of the Best feature.
Stella Magazine, 4th November 2014

Good Housekeeping included our Balmoral Fillet in its iconic Christmas Taste Test feature, claiming that it's 'worth splashing out on'.
Good Housekeeping, November 2014

The review Square Meal gave our Balmoral Fillet is so good, we're going to quote it in its entirety. It reads:
"Please excuse the language in this quote from our tasting room: 'F@@king hell, this is salmon on a whole other level.' Crass but true.
Square Meal, October 2014

The Surrey Advertiser celebrated the success of John Ross Jr winning yet another Great Taste Award at the 2014 awards in a story entitled 'Smoked salmon producer savours the taste of victory.
Surrey Advertiser, 5th September 

The Grocer magazine covers how John Ross Jr secures exclusive Tea Smoked Salmon deal with Harrods in its 'Harrods nets John Ross Jr tea salmon' story.
26th April 2014 

Your Marylebone Magazine hails John Ross Jr's traditional smoked salmon as a 'Must Try Starter' at the prestigious London Greens Restaurant
1st March 2014 

Your West End Magazine said that John Ross Jr’s smoked salmon on soda bread starter at Greens Restaurant in London are ‘must trys’
Your West End Magazine & Your Marylebone magazines, April 2014

John Ross Jr featured in the Take Five: the very best of Scotland feature.
Nottingham Post, January 2014

John Ross Jr’s Traditional Smoked Salmon featured in Woman & Home’s Festive Food Edit as ‘a fab treat guaranteed to make Christmas a success’.
Woman & Home, December 2013

“There’s smoked salmon and then there’s smoked salmon. Treat yourself to John Ross Jr’s Traditional Smoked Salmon, which is made in the traditional way using brick kilns dating back to 1857.”
Weybridge Exclusive, November 2013

John Ross Jr’s Traditional Smoked Salmon featured in Great British Food magazine’s Breakfast Essentials feature. On it the magazine said: “This award-winning Scottish Smokery uses oak and beechwood to cold-smoke salmon in traditional brick kilns, which really makes a difference to the final taste. The delicate balance between smoke and fish is very impressive and the tender, silky texture is very enjoyable – especially in a bagel with cream cheese.”
Great British Food, October 2013

“The think cut, meaty salmon is real melt-in-the-mouth stuff. The smokiness is present but is very subtle and natural tasting, with gentle sweetness from the cure. The fish has a beautiful bright colour and smooth, fine texture.”
Three of the Best feature, Great British Food Magazine, July 2013

“The names reek of performance and tradition. Cheese, fine food and wine specialists Paxton and Whitfield… smoked fish suppliers John Ross Jr. The aforementioned were just a few of the dozens of Royal Warrant Holders at the Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace paying homage to the Queen’s remarkable 60 years on the throne.”
Birmingham Post, 18th July 2013

“To commemorate its role in the Queen’s Coronation Festival, Royal Warrant Holder John Ross Jr has launched its limited edition Original Classic Smoked Salmon. John Ross Jr takes the finest, freshest fish and smokes it in traditional red brick kilns from 1857.”
Best of British feature, Great British Food, June 2013

John Ross Jr’s Traditional Scottish Smoked Salmon featured in the June 2012 issue of Coast Magazine under the feature entitled ‘Catch of the Day – what’s floating our boat this month.’
Coast Magazine, June 2012

“We are very proud of our suppliers and the produce that we use and we search hard to find only the best. Key examples are our smoked fish which comes from John Ross Jr.”
Award-winning chef Mark Burke, Head Chef at The Lymm Hotel in Warrington, talks about sourcing only the best products in Living Edge magazine, May 2013.

“If you prefer your fish smoked, John Ross Jr are the acknowledged experts. The Aberdeen family firm have a Royal Warrant and their smoked salmon is simply sensational.”
Food Editor, Take it Easy (The People) magazine, April 2013

“Add a touch of elegance to your Easter festivities with luxurious pieces of silky, tea-smoked salmon, resting on deliciously light, savoury canapés, finished with a light drizzle of fresh lemon juice. Keep your guests topped up with a crisp glass of refreshing Champagne.”, (the online site for Good Housekeeping, Coast, Country Living, Prima and House Beautiful), March 2013

“This beautiful side of gravadlax makes a show-stopping festive centrepiece. Marinated in molasses and salt, then covered with dill, simply put in the middle of the table and let guests help themselves.”
‘Double Deal’ feature, Olive Magazine, January 2013

John Ross Jr’s Balmoral Fillet features in the December issue of Woman & Home in the Festive Food Edit, where it is credited as having an ‘Award Winning Flavour’.
Woman & Home, December 2012

“John Ross Jr’s Traditional Smoked Salmon has a lovely bright colour and smooth, fine texture – barely any chewing required! The taste is gentle at first, but gradually builds to a pleasant smokiness that lingers on the palate. Considering the quality, the price is excellent, making it an ideal choice for parties and entertaining.”
Christmas taste test, Great British Food, December 2012

“Salt, smoke and the warm, honeyed notes of malt whisky distinguish John Ross Jr’s Balvenie Whisky Smoked, which remains tender and soft.”
The very best smoked salmon, Stella, The Sunday Telegraph, 4th November 2012

John Ross Jr features in the November issue of Waitrose Kitchen, credited as a ‘Very Important Producer’ for producing a ‘superb’ smoked salmon.
Waitrose Kitchen, November 2012

“I started with the smoked fish platter and it was quite superb (congrats to supplier John Ross Jr from Aberdeen). The smoked salmon and mackerel were particularly tasty.”
Tam Cowan, Restaurant Critic, The Daily Record
September 2012

“… straightforward hearty dishes, prepared daily from the highest quality, fresh ingredients. From country style pate and whitebait and aioli to John Ross Jr smoked salmon, soda bread and chive creme fraiche as well as succulent vegetarian offerings of mozzarella, peppers and tapenade, the menu [at The Lock Bar and Kitchen] serves up a selection of English country kitchen classic along with more Mediterranean dishes.”
Bianca London, The Mail Online
September 2012

“John Ross Jr’s tender and succulent sides of smoked salmon have been a foodie favourite for almost three decades.”
Great British Food magazine, July 2012

John Ross Jr’s traditional smoked salmon featured in Square Mile magazine’s ‘Menu of Champions’ in the May 2012 issue.

“From smoked salmon sourced from John Ross Jr, to fillet steak from the Scottish highlands and pan-roasted wood pigeon, the quintessentially British menu [at the MacDonald Botley Park Hotel] has a wide range of dishes to suit everyone. The food is fancy without being fussy and full of flavour, with head chef Matt Wallace using the prime of the UK’s produce to create his culinary delights.”
Hotel Business, June 2012

"Captures the sea salt and rich, earthy smoke while keeping a velvety, dry texture."
Woman & Home Magazine
January 2012 - Festive Taste Test

“Highlights on the menu at the MacDonald Inchyra Hotel and Spa include the John Ross Jrkiln-smoked salmon.”
The Daily Mail
20 October 2011

"There are many smoked salmons on the market - but John Ross Jr's traditionalScottish smoked salmon stands out."
Madeline Lim, Food & Drink Editor, The Independent
3rd December 2010

John Ross Jr’s Traditional Scottish smoked salmon was selected by The Guardian to be in the 2010 Perfect Christmas Hamper The Guardian
10th December 2010

"The secret of John Ross Jr’s success doesn’t just lie with traditional techniques and time-honoured processes, but with family values." So Guildford magazine
December 2010

John Ross Jr has established itself as an award winning smoker, supplying London’s top restaurants as well as royal kitchens.
Guildford Magazine
December 2010

"For healthy canapés you can’t beat smoked salmon, and a right royal one at that! The Queen is a fan of John Ross Jr."
Lucy Cheek, Women’s Fitness magazine
December 2010

"Creamy, sea-salty and rich – the quintessential smoked salmon, glorious in its simplicity."
Delicious Magazine - WINNER of smoked salmon taste test
December '09 

"A firm smoked salmon with a rich smoke"
Woman and Home Magazine - 'Best smoked salmon supermarket buys'
December '09  

"Succulent and velvety on the tongue, with a delicate falvour that's only enhanced by the cold-smoking process."
Waitrose Food Illustrated
December '08

"The kilns have now been listed as a building of special architectural and historic interest by Historic Scotland. The fish these venerable brick domes produce is qually impressive."
Telegraph Magazine
May 2008

"JRJ's cold-smoked salmon is superb. This is perhaps because it is produced in the traditional way with years of skill and expertise behind them ; perhaps because they only use quality Scottish fish - but most possibly it is a combination of the two. Its delicate yet pronounced smoky flavour is lingering and memorable."
Sue Lawrence, author of "A Cooks Tour of Scotland"

"Traditionally-smoked, dry, tasty salmon from a producer who really cares – highly recommended."
Jane Curran - Food Editor, Woman & home



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