Billington’s original recipe has been passed down from baker to baker and has always been kept a closely-guarded secret. There were other gingerbread bakers in Market Drayton such as Griffiths and Chester’s which became Boughey & Cox. However, today, the only surviving brand still being made in the town is Billington’s Gingerbread.
The biscuit was re-branded in its bicentennial celebratory year and and can be purchased in many shops in Market Drayton, as well as an online shop here.
Rich, buttery and also famed for its ‘dunking delights’, historically the farmers’ wives and people of Market Drayton, enjoyed Billington’s celebrated gingerbread by dunking it into a glass of Port on market day.
This tradition, which is still enjoyed today, enriches the flavour of the sweet gingerbread, bringing out the spicy notes for which the biscuit is celebrated.