‘I was told the queen was coming to tea’
AS well as making scented candles and perfumes, Lucy Hagerty also creates bespoke fragrances for high-end hotels, including Dromoland Castle, Adare Manor and the Cliff House Hotel.
She’s also tailoring a unique fragrance for a Hollywood star whose identity she’s not at liberty to reveal. Confidentiality is par for the course for the woman who once catered for the highest circles of British royalty.
In her previous career as a personal chef, she worked for the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, for three years in the 1990s.
“I was thrown in at the deep end,” she says. “On my first day I was told that the queen was coming to tea. I hadn’t time to be nervous and just set about making lovely sandwiches and cakes. I cooked for Her Majesty a few times, and I met Princess Diana often, because she and the Duchess of York were very close friends at the time.
“I loved being a personal chef, but it demanded a lot of travel and anti-social hours, so when the children came along, I gave it up. Now I’m doing what I’ve always wanted, and Peter is following his dream too. This time of year is extremely busy for me — I’m literally burning the candle at both ends.
“However, even if we’re like ships in the night, with Peter on the farm and me in the factory, suppertime is a great time to catch up and talk about our day.
“We’ve been together since God was a child — we met as students in Oxford, and next year we’ll celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary.
“We’re a great sounding board for each other and we’re always looking for new ways to use our milk. Last night we were planning ice cream.”