Taveners Liquorice Pontefract Cakes – Traditional English Liquorice Sweets
Taveners Liquorice Pontefract Cakes – Traditional English Liquorice Sweets
Taveners Liquorice Pontefract Cakes  – Traditional English Liquorice Sweets
Taveners Liquorice Pontefract Cakes  – Traditional English Liquorice Sweets
Taveners Liquorice Pontefract Cakes  – Traditional English Liquorice Sweets

Taveners Liquorice Pontefract Cakes – Traditional English Liquorice Sweets

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Product Description

Taveners Pontefract cakes - traditional English liquorice sweets in the shape of an old coin and stamped with the seal of approval. Soft & chewy sweet liquorice gums with a good taste of aniseed.


About Pontefract Cakes

The town of Pontefract was making liquorice as early as 1614. A hand-held ‘stamp’ was used to authenticate each piece of liquorice using an image of Pontefract Castle.
The fields that grew the liquorice plants that supplied the factories with roots had been growing for several hundred years on grounds that once belonged to Pontefract Castle. They were originally grown by the local Monks who recognised the medicinal benefits and they ended up receiving a Royal Decree protecting their rights to a monopoly on liquorice root production in England.

By 1760, the Dunhill family was doing well with its liquorice-growing business. George Dunhill had a brilliant idea and he mixed sugar with the liquorice-root extract and created a chewable sweet.
People loved it and it became known as the Pontefract. Dunhill called them Pomfret Cakes, the original Norman name for Pontefract. They were also widely known as Yorkshire Pennies.

In the early days of the 20th century, the town of Pontefract (In Yorkshire ) had 13 liquorice factories that made and exported this candy all over the world. Whilst only a few factories now exist, they still host a liquorice festival.

Until the 1960’s all Pontefract Cakes were stamped by hand with the trademark image of Pontefract Castle using a tool called a thumper. The workers that did this were known as thumpers. Workers pulled a lump of liquorice and kneed and roll it until it was soft and pliable before pulling off small pieces, flattening them into coin shapes and thumping them. A good thumper could stamp 20,000 Pontefract Cakes per day!

Unfortunately today, the liquorice fields have been abandoned. The last liquorice harvest in Pontefract took place in 1966 by commercial grower James Shay.
Thanks to the efforts of two confectionery companies Haribo (Formerly Dunhill) and Taveners (Formerly Wilkinsons of Pontefract) Pontefract liquorice is being made again. The raw liquorice is now imported from Spain, Italy and Turkey.

About Taveners

Taveners was established in 1904 by William Henry Tavener. Taveners are famous for iconic and traditional sweets such as Liquorice Allsorts, Coconut Mushrooms, Wine Gums and Jelly Babies. They have factories in the sweet manufacturing capital of the UK (Pontefract) and through acquisition, make one of the earliest surviving Pontefract cakes after taking ownership of Wilkinsons of Pontefract. They form part of a larger group of companies that includes Barratt (Which at one point was owned by Bassett’s!)


Treacle, glucose syrup, maize starch, invert sugar syrup, WHEAT flour (WHEAT flour, calcium carbonate, iron, niacin, thiamin), liquorice extract, modified potato starch, vegetable oils (palm, sunflower, coconut), flavouring, glazing agent (carnauba wax).

Please note that all ingredients information is as provided by the manufacturer. Allergy Information is in bold.


Due to the nature of how we handle our stock, we are currently unable to ensure that all risks of cross-contamination are eliminated and therefore this product may contain traces of nuts (including peanuts), gluten and dairy. Therefore, if you suffer from a food allergy or any form of intolerance, we strongly recommend you contact us first at support@liquoriceheaven.com


Typical values per 100g.

Energy 1358 kJ / 320 kcal
Fat 0.3g
    of which saturates 0.2g
Carbohydrate 77g
    of which sugars 53.5g
Fibre 0.2g
Protein 2.2g
Salt 0.6g


Dietary & Lifestyle

Is your liquorice a gift? We offer the option to include a personalised gift message with every order, free of charge.

To include a message, just write what you want included in the note in the gift message section in the shopping basket.

We will then include a written note in the box with the liquorice sweets (and no receipt!) - it is as simple as that!

Free shipping

Free UK Delivery when you spend £20 (After discounts applied). 

For international orders and sub £20 UK orders we never charge excessive amounts for postage and packaging. Our P&P charges are made up of the Royal Mail charge for the service plus a small contribution towards the packaging materials, plus VAT, which we are legally obliged to charge.

Same Day Dispatch

We aim to ship all items as soon as payment is cleared. This means that items ordered and paid for by 12 noon (UK time) Monday-Friday are dispatched on the same day. Items ordered and paid for after 12 noon or over the weekend are sent on the next working day.

Pre-order Products

Occasionally we may offer products available for pre-order e.g. advent calendars. For these items, we take payment and dispatch once they are in stock with us in the UK. If you check out with both pre-order and in stock items in your basket, shipping will be calculated separately for those in-stock items and they will be dispatched immediately.

Standard / Free UK Delivery

As standard, we ship using Royal Mail 48 (Second class) recorded delivery service which is a 2-3 working day service (approximately).

Please be aware that delivery to certain UK postcodes will take longer due to their remote locations. We cannot be held responsible for delays as a result of sending to these destinations. 

Express UK Delivery - DHL

Upgraded delivery via DHL Express is available to delivery addresses in England & Wales and offers a next business day service.

Express UK Delivery - Royal Mail

Further UK destinations are available for express delivery via Royal Mail Special delivery. This offers next business day delivery to UK mainland but has the following limitations for some harder to reach areas.

Royal Mail delivers within two working days by 5.30pm to the following postcodes areas:

PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3

Royal Mail delivers within three working days by 5.30pm to the following postcode areas:

KW16 - non Town
PH30, 41 - 44

International Delivery

International shipping costs are calculated at the point of sale and depend on location, total shipping weight (Including the packaging) and the best pricing we can obtain from our shipping partners. We currently ship to Europe (Max 2kg), the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand (Max 10kg). Weight limitations are imposed on us by our shipping partners and include the weight of all shipping materials.

If you want us to ship to a destination country other than these (and the UK),  please just get in touch we will see what we can do to help.  

International Taxes & Importation Fees

British VAT (at 20%) is not charged on any purchases with delivery destinations outside of the UK.

Additional VAT, duties, tariffs and customs clearance fees may be due at the destination country to enable customs release and delivery.

If you order Products from our site for delivery outside the UK, they may be subject to import duties and taxes which are levied when the delivery reaches the specified destination. You will be responsible for payment of any such import duties, taxes (Such as VAT) and customs clearance fees. Please note that we have no control over these charges and cannot predict their amount. Please contact your local customs office for further information before placing your order.

Additional payments may need to be paid to the relevant authorities at the country of destination, including VAT, duties, tariffs and customs clearance fees.

Please note that we are legally required to declare the correct value & country of origin of all products as this is used to calculate the tax and any tariff duty due.


We ship all of our liquorice in boxes to ensure it arrives undamaged and in pristine condition upon arrival. Wherever possible, our liquorice is shipped in letterbox friendly packaging. 


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The majority of our postal packaging is made from recycled materials and 100% of it is recyclable. Once you have received your liquorice, we encourage you to help us protect the planet by recycling it.

For freshness, the liquorice itself comes in variety of packaging, depending on supplier. Once you have finished enjoying your liquorice, please dispose of it in an appropriate way, following any recycling guidance listed on the packaging.

To minimise potentially unnecessary paperwork, we don’t include an invoice/receipt with the delivery but a link to a printable copy can be found on your order confirmation email. 

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Taverners Great Btitish Liquorice sweets

Est. 1904


The firm’s origins go back to Victorian Liverpool, when in 1904 William Henry Tavener branched out from pickles and sauces into producing boiled sweets at his shop in Scotland Road.

His son Herbert Tavener masterminded the transformation to a confectionery empire when he came back from World War I and persuaded his father to sell him the sweet making and wholesaling side.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews

They have hard to find products and good service. Will buy again!

Lisa W.

Got for Xmas present really pleased with packaging

Eric B.
1st Class

A lovely product , a great taste , and something that is good for us . Very well presented and packaged , a dashing appearance and Oh so stylish . Class ,1st class . Differentiated by quality , from all the other competition .

Pontefract cakes

If you are old enough to remember the original pontefract cakes I’m afraid these are absolutely nothing like them but still a good Licorice.


If you mean the Dunhills brand (Now owned and manufactured by Haribo) we also stock those!

Ann W.

These pontefract cakes are the best I’ve tasted. They’re deliciously soft and chewy with a really strong flavour. Yum!

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