John and Violet Mackintosh opened a pastry shop in Halifax in 1890 and added a special toffee to their range of products. This quickly became so successful that a factory was acquired and when demand exceeded possible production, the factory moved to a larger premise. His marketing skills were way ahead of his time and by the use of clever graphics and cartoons like this, the whole world soon knew about Rolo, Quality Street and later Caramac and Toffee Crisp. A merger with Rowntree’s of York in 1969 led to the formation of Rowntree Mackintosh Confectionary which was subsequently bought by Nestle although there remains a factory in the town close to Halifax Railway station. We remain “Toffee Town” 100 years after the name was first applied to Halifax.
We wish all our guests past, present and future a very Happy Christmas and hope your chimney is large enough for Santa and his reindeer.