• Top 10 Best Honeys in the UK 2021 (Raw Health, Hilltop Honey and More) 1
  • Top 10 Best Honeys in the UK 2021 (Raw Health, Hilltop Honey and More) 2
  • Top 10 Best Honeys in the UK 2021 (Raw Health, Hilltop Honey and More) 3
  • Top 10 Best Honeys in the UK 2021 (Raw Health, Hilltop Honey and More) 4
  • Top 10 Best Honeys in the UK 2021 (Raw Health, Hilltop Honey and More) 5

Top 10 Best Honeys in the UK 2021 (Raw Health, Hilltop Honey and More)

Honey has been used as a sweetener and a medicine since ancient times. With a lower GI index than sugar, it also contains amino acids, antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins and minerals, making it a somewhat healthy and nutritious choice as sweeteners go. 


Whether you're looking for a sugar or syrup substitute for drinks, a kitchen cooking staple, or you'd like to use it medicinally, honey is versatile and tasty. To help you choose, we've put together a helpful guide including our top picks from supermarkets like Amazon, Tesco and Waitrose. From organic Manuka honeys to affordable blossom varieties, they'll really hit the sweet spot!

  • Last updated: 17-03-2021
  • 6,061 views
Table of Contents

How to Choose Honey in the UK - Buying Guide

Before choosing a honey you'll want to take a few things into consideration. In this section, we'll run through the different types of honey, as well as the taste preferences, the benefits and the environmental factor so you can make an informed choice.

Raw or Regular? Some Honeys are Pure, Others Are Filtered or Pasteurised

Raw or Regular? Some Honeys are Pure, Others Are Filtered or Pasteurised

You may have already come across the term 'raw' before in relation to honey, and may be wondering about its possible benefits. There are two main options for processing to create a honey product, raw and regular.


Raw is made by extracting honey from the honeycombs in the hive and simply pouring it over a mesh or nylon cloth to separate any impurities. Once strained it is bottled and ready to enjoy, and some people believe this lack of processing to be better for optimal health


The 'regular' processing of honey involves several steps including pasteurisation and filtration. Pasteurisation applies heat, extending the shelf life, and filtration further removes impurities, creating a smooth and clear honey which is desirable to the consumer. However, this process does remove most of the beneficial nutrients.

Choosing Between the Different Types of Honey

Did you know there are over 300 types of honey? Each type is categorised by its flower source, and also by the region in which the flowers grow. This makes each one completely unique! While we won't go through them all, here are the details on the most popular varieties to help you choose. 

Manuka Is a Superfood With Antiviral and Antibacterial Properties

Manuka Is a Superfood With Antiviral and Antibacterial Properties

Manuka honey is made in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the Manuka bush. It is known for being able to treat wounds and other skin conditions, as well as being an extremely nutritious superfood.


Manuka honey has a strict rating system to determine how effective and therapeutic it is. The Unique Manuka Factor, or UMF, is the measurement used to detect the presence of Manuka's special non-peroxide antibacterial activity.


This 'non-peroxide activity' is coined as the NPA, and has a rating system: 10+, 15+, 20+ or similar, whereby the higher the number, the more antibacterial properties within the honey. Nowadays you may also see a methylglyoxal (MGO) rating, which is a key marker of the NPA, though not its sole cause. 

These three ratings (UMF, NPA, and MGO) do all correlate with one another, and different brands will display different ratings. You can find many tables online to refer to, such as this one from ExportX.

Acacia Is Light and Sweet and Is More Resistant to Crystallisation

Acacia Is Light and Sweet and Is More Resistant to Crystallisation

Acacia honey comes from the nectar of the Robinia pseudoacacia flower, commonly known as the black locust or false acacia tree. Compared with regular or traditional honey, it's extremely light in colour, often appearing almost transparent.


It takes a long time to solidify, so its biggest draw is that its liquid form makes it easier to use and serve compared to regular honey. Acacia honey has a floral aroma and delicate flavour and is an extremely popular, though sometimes slightly more expensive, choice.

Wildflower or Polyfloral Honey Can Change From One Harvest to the Next

Wildflower or Polyfloral Honey Can Change From One Harvest to the Next

Wildflower honey is honey produced by bees feeding on different types of wildflowers, and is also called polyfloral honey


Wildflower honey has natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities, and is usually raw. The taste is generally light and fruity, but honey harvested later in the season can be slightly stronger in taste and darker in colour as the varieties of flower changes. 


There aren't strict rules as to what constitutes as a wildflower – its defined as the flower of a plant that grows in fields and forests without deliberate cultivation. So the characteristics of wildflower honey can change quite a lot, which can be rather exciting!

Orange Blossom and Blossom Honey Are Widely Produced and a Popular Choice

Orange Blossom and Blossom Honey Are Widely Produced and a Popular Choice

Blossom honey is a widely-produced type of honey, and it's common that products that don't specify which type they are are actually blossom honey. The nectar that creates blossom honey can come from lots of different flowers, which usually makes it cheaper to produce, and therefore buy. 


A more specific variety is orange blossom honey, which is known for its exotic and citrus-like taste. Unlike blossom honey, orange blossom honey is of course sourced from the blossoms of orange trees, though it can be from a combination of citrus sources. And just like the fruit, this honey provides a wide variety of natural antioxidants to the diet.

Pick the Container Based on Your Preference and the Consistency

Pick the Container Based on Your Preference and the Consistency

Generally when we think of honey, most of us will think of the golden elixir being in a traditional glass jar. Glass jars are durable, infinitely recyclable and perfect for long term storage or for large amounts of both set and runny honey. Glass is also very safe and impermeable, and, not to forget, very aesthetically pleasing.


If you are shopping for a set honey or one that crystallises easily, you might consider choosing plastic. Flexible, squeezy containers can be easier to use especially for parents, busy people, or those who don't like sticky hands! Just make sure to choose a recyclable BPA-free plastic to be kind to yourself and the environment, too.

Top 10 Best Honeys to Buy in the UK

Now the time has come to share our favourite offerings available online in the UK. With different flavours and consistencies to suit all budgets, they truly are the bees knees!

10

IgmisNatural Honey

£19.99

RawYes
TypeWildflower honey
ContainerGlass jar
ConsistencySet
Volume1.5 kg
9

Happy Belly SelectManuka Honey 5+

£18.69

Raw-
TypeManuka honey
ContainerGlass jar
ConsistencyRunny
Volume340 g
8
RawYes
TypeBlossom honey
ContainerPlastic squeezy bottle
ConsistencyRunny
Volume250 g
7
RawYes
TypeManuka honey
ContainerGlass jar
ConsistencyRunny
Volume225 g
6

WaitroseNo.1 Cut Comb in Acacia Honey

£6.99

RawYes
TypeAcacia honey
ContainerGlass jar
ConsistencyRunny
Volume250 g
5

Wellnesstore.ukRaw Wildflower Honey

£15.99

RawYes
TypeWildflower honey
Container Glass jar
ConsistencyChanges from runny to set
Volume1.25 kg
4

Raw HealthOrganic Raw Blossom Honey

£5.69

RawYes
TypeBlossom honey
ContainerPlastic squeezy bottle
ConsistencyRunny
Volume350 g
3
RawYes
TypePolyfloral forest honey
ContainerGlass jar
ConsistencyRunny
Volume380 g
2

Local Honey Man Unpasteurised British Golden Honey

£7.41

RawYes
TypeWildflower honey
ContainerGlass jar
ConsistencySemi-set
Volume340 g
1
RawYes
TypeBlossom honey
ContainerGlass jar
ConsistencyRunny
Volume227 g

Compare the Best Honeys

Image
1
Hilltop Honey Spanish Lavender Honey  1

Hilltop Honey

2
Local Honey Man  Unpasteurised British Golden Honey 1

Local Honey Man

3
Wainwright's Organic Zambian Forest Honey 1

Wainwright's

4
Raw Health Organic Raw Blossom Honey 1

Raw Health

5
Wellnesstore.uk Raw Wildflower Honey 1

Wellnesstore.uk

6
Waitrose No.1 Cut Comb in Acacia Honey 1

Waitrose

7
Hilltop Honey Manuka Honey MGO 50+ 1

Hilltop Honey

8
Rowse Blossom Honey Squeezable 1

Rowse

9
Happy Belly Select Manuka Honey 5+ 1

Happy Belly Select

10
Igmis Natural Honey 1

Igmis

Name

Spanish Lavender Honey

Unpasteurised British Golden Honey

Organic Zambian Forest Honey

Organic Raw Blossom Honey

Raw Wildflower Honey

No.1 Cut Comb in Acacia Honey

Manuka Honey MGO 50+

Blossom Honey Squeezable

Manuka Honey 5+

Natural Honey

Features

From the Lavender Fields of Spain

Straight From the Beekeeper

A Cold-Pressed Honey From Zambia

A Creamy and Floral Tasting Honey

An Ethically-Harvested Choice

Natural Honeycomb in Easy-to-Use Acacia Honey

Pure, Natural and Authentic

A Great Value Everyday Honey

Manuka Honey From an Amazon Brand

A Uniquely-Flavoured Polyfloral Set Honey

Price£3.00£7.41£4.89£5.69£15.99£6.99£8.48£2.20£18.69£19.99
RawYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes-Yes
TypeBlossom honeyWildflower honeyPolyfloral forest honeyBlossom honeyWildflower honeyAcacia honeyManuka honeyBlossom honeyManuka honeyWildflower honey
ContainerGlass jarGlass jarGlass jarPlastic squeezy bottleGlass jarGlass jarGlass jar Plastic squeezy bottleGlass jar Glass jar
ConsistencyRunnySemi-setRunnyRunnyChanges from runny to setRunnyRunny RunnyRunnySet
Volume227 g340 g380 g350 g1.25 kg250 g225 g250 g340 g1.5 kg
Link

Looking for Other Nutritious Kitchen Staples?

Looking for Other Nutritious Kitchen Staples?

There are certain kitchen staples we can't do without and with so many recipe ideas available online, you might find yourself shopping for some new would-be staples! Check out our related articles for some inspiration.

Summary

Now you've had all of our sweet tips on choosing a variety based on its characteristics and benefits, hopefully our recommendations will have you making a bee-line for your favourite honey. 

Author: Melanie McPhail

Related Posts

  • Top 10 Best Healthy Snacks in the UK 2021
    Top 10 Best Healthy Snacks in the UK 2021
    Nothing beats a good snack. They can revive us from a mid-afternoon slump at the work desk, fuel us through a busy day, and generally keep the hunger pangs at bay while we wistfully count down the hours until our next meal. However, when we feel the cravings for something sweet or salty kick in, many of us end up reaching for unhealthy snacks and sweets.With more of us in the UK becoming aware of our health, there is a demand for tasty and budget-friendly morsels that are just as satisfying as their less nutritious counterparts. Read on for our guide on how to choose the best snacks for your lifestyle, and our top online options to buy on Amazon, Tesco, and Asda, whether for kids’ lunch boxes, weight loss, or quick energising snacks on the go. We guarantee they are as delicious as they are healthy!
    Food and drinks
    5,935 views
  • 10 Best Instant Noodles and Ramen in the UK 2021
    10 Best Instant Noodles and Ramen in the UK 2021
    Sure, it’s lovely to go to a fancy restaurant and order some authentic, freshly-made noodles. But if you are on a strict budget, there’s nothing better than a cup or bowl of steaming instant noodles to keep you going. While they can have an unhealthy image, if you pay attention to the calories and perhaps add some toppings of your own you have yourself a nutritious and delicious meal.Nowadays there is a great variety available for us to purchase here in the UK, from Japanese Nissin instant ramen to spicy Korean noodles and other options from Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia. In this article we will introduce some points to consider when purchasing instant noodles, and share some recommendations available on Amazon, Tesco, and Asda.
    Food and drinks
    33,715 views
  • Top 10 Best Hot Sauces in the UK 2020
    Top 10 Best Hot Sauces in the UK 2020
    If you're looking for a new way to liven up your favourite dishes in the kitchen, you can't go wrong with a hot sauce. Whatever your preferred cuisine is, it'll taste even better with a splash of something fiery! But with so many different types of hot sauce available to buy (chipotle, sriracha, tabasco, habanero, jalapeño - to name just a few), you might find it difficult to choose the right one for your taste buds.To help you decide, we've created a handy hot sauce buying guide - whether you're looking for a Mexican-style vegan condiment or a gift set for a spice-loving friend, we've got you covered. Browse through our list of recommendations to buy online at Amazon, eBay, Tesco, Asda, and Waitrose. Ready to discover our top 10 chilli choices?
    Food and drinks
    5,616 views
  • Top 10 Best Dark Chocolates in the UK 2021 (Lindt, Montezuma's and More)
    Top 10 Best Dark Chocolates in the UK 2021 (Lindt, Montezuma's and More)
    Whether you're committed to clean eating this year, embarking on a keto lifestyle or just a passionate foodie — you can always justify a little dark chocolate in your diet. Seen as a slightly healthier alternative to milk chocolate, dark chocolate is a powerful source of antioxidants, loaded with minerals and other nutrients. But let's be honest, it's not just all about health, and we all crave a sweet indulgence from time to time.Dark chocolate's slight bitterness and lower sugar content works beautifully with other ingredients such as almond, hazelnut, orange and sea salt — and is divine in brownies and vegan baking too. This buying guide will help you choose your new favourite treat and we've rounded up 10 of the best options from Amazon, eBay, John Lewis, Tesco, Asda and Waitrose for you to try out too.
    Food and drinks
    7,153 views
  • Top 10 Best Balsamic Vinegars in the UK 2021
    Top 10 Best Balsamic Vinegars in the UK 2021
    When it comes to condiments, balsamic vinegar is in a league of its own. Its dark, syrupy consistency and rich complexity make it totally different from any other type of vinegar. A good balsamic vinegar has the perfect balance of sweet and tart and is perfect for dressing salads and roasted vegetables, marinating fish and meat, or simply for dipping bread.The highest quality, traditional balsamic vinegar comes from Modena, Italy, and has been through an ageing process — but how can you tell if a balsamic vinegar is authentic? With so many varieties, from affordable supermarket bottles to distinctly high-end ones, it can be tricky to choose. However, our buying guide is here to help you spot a quality bottle, and we've also included our favourite picks available from Amazon, eBay, Tesco and Waitrose. 
    Food and drinks
    3,585 views
  • Top 10 Best Granolas in the UK 2020 (Jordans, Deliciously Ella and More)
    Top 10 Best Granolas in the UK 2020 (Jordans, Deliciously Ella and More)
    A nutritious breakfast is the perfect way to start your day, and granola is a firm favourite for many a Brit. The crunchy texture and its ability to keep you going until lunchtime make it an appealing choice. There's no reason granola has to be consigned to breakfast either – it makes a pretty tasty snack at any time of day and can be eaten with yoghurt, milk or even by itself.Given its popularity as a quick and delicious meal, it's worth knowing what to look out for. Maybe you're wanting to make healthier choices high in protein and low in sugar, or perhaps you're searching for vegan, nut-free or gluten-free options. Either way, there's sure to be a granola on our top 10 list that suits your tastebuds! 
    Food and drinks
    4,371 views
  • Top 10 Best Gins in the UK 2021 (Edinburgh Gin, Hendrick's and More)
    Top 10 Best Gins in the UK 2021 (Edinburgh Gin, Hendrick's and More)
    Gin is having its renaissance in the drinks world recently; with more people turning to this old classic as their drink of choice, you'd be hard-pressed to not find a gin that takes your interest. Craft distilleries all over the UK are jumping on the gin bandwagon and finding new and interesting flavour combinations to surprise and satisfy your tastebuds all year round. So whether you're looking for the perfect party accompaniment or a cheeky dinnertime tipple, Amazon, Asda, John Lewis and Waitrose have a delicious range of gins to whet your whistle! From front runners such as Gordon's to the smaller craft distillery brands like Ableforth and Monkey 47, we're sure you'll find something that piques your fancy.
    Food and drinks
    727 views
  • Top 10 Best Premixed Cocktails in the UK 2021
    Top 10 Best Premixed Cocktails in the UK 2021
    If you miss going out to bars every weekend, you may have tried your hand at making cocktails at home. Sometimes though, the cost of ingredients can quickly add up and it takes a lot more time to prepare a drink than you'd expect! If you find it all too much hassle, we suggest buying a premixed cocktail in a can or bottle instead.Whether you fancy a Negroni, a Martini, or a simple gin and tonic, we'll show you the best premixed cocktails to buy online in the UK, at Amazon, Tesco, Asda, and Waitrose. With our recommendations from popular brands like White Claw, Kopparberg, Gordon's, and Pimm's, you’ll be cracking one open in no time!
    Food and drinks
    417 views
  • Top 10 Best Decaf Coffees in the UK 2021 (Taylors of Harrogate, Union and More)
    Top 10 Best Decaf Coffees in the UK 2021 (Taylors of Harrogate, Union and More)
    Decaf tends not to enjoy as cool an image as regular coffee, which sadly may have been bolstered by a few weak or bitter decaf lattes or americanos along the way. But much like with plant-based "mylks" or gluten-free pastries, times are a-changin'. In this article, we rank the top 10 best decaf whole beans, grounds, pods and instant coffees in the UK!Whether it's a medical or a lifestyle choice, many of us are choosing to reduce our caffeine intake, or even cut it out altogether. Luckily, this handy buying guide is here to help you to find a top-notch everyday decaf without having to go to your local coffee shop to get your fix. 
    Food and drinks
    1,002 views
  • Top 10 Best Recipe Boxes in the UK 2021 (Gousto, Pasta Evangelists and More)
    Top 10 Best Recipe Boxes in the UK 2021 (Gousto, Pasta Evangelists and More)
    As much as we all love dining out at our favourite restaurants, sometimes you might want to whip up a feast at home instead. Most of us aren't Michelin star chefs though, so you may need some help - that's where recipe boxes come in! Thanks to one of these subscriptions, you can munch on healthy, delicious meals designed by top chefs and nutritionists in the comfort of your own kitchen. The problem is, there's such a wide variety of recipe boxes to choose from online, so how do you know which one will be the best option for you and your family? In this article, we’ll explore the main factors you should consider before hitting that subscribe button. Plus, we'll review some of the most popular UK services, including Gousto, Pasta Evangelists, and Mindful Chef. Ready to get cooking?
    Food and drinks
    387 views
  • Popular Posts

  • 10 Best Curry Sauces in a Jar in the UK 2021
    10 Best Curry Sauces in a Jar in the UK 2021
    Cooking up a delicious curry is easier than you think with the perfect sauce. Whether you fancy Indian, Chinese, Japanese or Thai, there are plenty of ready-made sauces in a jar which you can buy online and prepare in minutes at home. Others contain concentrated curry paste and are spectacularly simple to prepare. But which brand's recipe is the best?Skip the supermarket and browse our list to discover the top curry sauces you can buy in the UK; from Tesco to ASDA, by brands like Patak's, Blue Dragon and Sharwood's too. Whether it's a subtle chicken korma, a red beef curry or a tangy dollop of chip shop curry sauce you love, we’ve searched high and low for the best easy-to-cook products to help you satisfy your craving. 
    Food and drinks
    25,353 views
  • 10 Best Instant Noodles and Ramen in the UK 2021
    10 Best Instant Noodles and Ramen in the UK 2021
    Sure, it’s lovely to go to a fancy restaurant and order some authentic, freshly-made noodles. But if you are on a strict budget, there’s nothing better than a cup or bowl of steaming instant noodles to keep you going. While they can have an unhealthy image, if you pay attention to the calories and perhaps add some toppings of your own you have yourself a nutritious and delicious meal.Nowadays there is a great variety available for us to purchase here in the UK, from Japanese Nissin instant ramen to spicy Korean noodles and other options from Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia. In this article we will introduce some points to consider when purchasing instant noodles, and share some recommendations available on Amazon, Tesco, and Asda.
    Food and drinks
    33,715 views
  • 10 Best Red Wines in the UK 2021 (Tesco, Waitrose and More)
    10 Best Red Wines in the UK 2021 (Tesco, Waitrose and More)
    Whether you’re a fine wine connoisseur or simply seeking an affordable red to help you celebrate the holiday season, it can sometimes be hard to find a quality red wine that compliments the food you’re cooking and has the flavour notes to suit your taste. From the grape on its vine to the supermarket shelf, red wines have come through a time-refined process up until the moment they reach your glass, but which ones are the best?Here at mybest, we’ve carefully curated a top 10 list of the most fruity and flavourful wines you can buy online this year. From dry to sweeter red wines, we have chosen them for their quality and value. From Merlot to Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon, we’ll guide you through the buying process and introduce you to the finest offerings from Amazon, Tesco, Asda and Waitrose. Bottoms up!
    Food and drinks
    27,207 views
  • 10 Best Healthy Yogurts for Digestion and More in the UK 2021
    10 Best Healthy Yogurts for Digestion and More in the UK 2021
    Yogurt makes a delicious snack or fuss-free breakfast and can be great for digestion and bone health. But finding a healthy one can be tricky since brands often pack their products with hidden sugars and unnatural flavourings. Onken, Alpro and Yeo Valley all have a huge range; but which is the best? Whether you prefer low-fat, Greek-style, flavoured or dairy-free vegan yogurt, it’s good to be aware of what makes a yogurt healthy and what to avoid. To help you pick a satisfying, creamy yogurt that will give you a boost of protein, calcium, and probiotics without unnecessary calories or a sugar overload, we have come up with a list of the ten best products available in the UK. We've also sought out nutritionist Jenna Hope's advice to give you a better insight into the versatility and benefits that yogurt has to offer. 
    Food and drinks
    50,011 views
  • 10 Best Butters for Baking and More in the UK 2021
    10 Best Butters for Baking and More in the UK 2021
    Whether you grew up on margarine spread or the real deal, naked in its butter dish, this is one ingredient we are all familiar with – but do you really know what you are looking for? There was a period of time when using an olive or sunflower oil spread was pretty standard, but the range of artisan butter now available proves that the cream always rises to the top! These days we're blessed with options galore from cows milk butter to goats milk butter and even alternatives such as ghee, so we thought we'd compile a how-to on picking the best type for your culinary needs. We've also rated our ten favourite British, Irish and French brands on Amazon, Tesco and more including Lurpak and Président – plenty of food for thought! 
    Food and drinks
    13,125 views
  • 10 Best Frozen Pizzas in the UK 2021 (Goodfella's, Ristorante and More)
    10 Best Frozen Pizzas in the UK 2021 (Goodfella's, Ristorante and More)
    The frozen pizza has long been a staple in the British weekly shop - it’s quick, convenient, cheap, and satisfying. Many of us might remember the frozen pizzas we ate as children and teens, such as the basic Margherita with a sparse layer of cheese and a flavourless tomato base – but frozen pizzas have come a long way since then!Nowadays there is a massive variety of delicious frozen pizzas available in the freezer section of UK supermarkets, whether thin crust or thick crust, with traditional pepperoni or healthy veggie toppings, and using tomato or BBQ sauce – there are even gluten-free dough options for coeliacs! To learn more, keep reading as we introduce pizzas from brands such as Chicago Town, Dr. Oetker, and Goodfella’s, along with yummy supermarket-own brand products from Tesco and Asda.
    Food and drinks
    25,367 views
  • Top 10 Best Healthy Drinks in the UK 2020
    Top 10 Best Healthy Drinks in the UK 2020
    Humans need to drink. Our bodies are made up of 60% water, and we need this water for our bodies to work properly. However, just drinking water can get boring! It is nice to drink something that tastes good, and can perhaps give your body extra energy and nutrients. Some drinks can help us wake up in the morning, others can be good to drink while on a diet.Since drinks are something we consume every day, it is crucial to choose the healthiest drinks you can while getting your daily hydration. Therefore we have compiled this buying guide and some recommendations to help you in your process to buy the best healthy drinks for you.
    Food and drinks
    5,970 views
  • Popular Item Lists

    Search by Category