At Made in Oldstead, our menus adopt different styles to reflect the three growing groups Tommy follows – The Preserving Season, The Hunger Gap and The Time of Abundance. With these, the menus evolve as different produce from our family farm and garden become available to us.
And if it’s not grown by us, we use local suppliers to encapsulate our seasonal ethos within every menu we curate. From prime cuts of beautiful meats from R&J Butchers to the best British-made artisan cheeses from The Courtyard Dairy, each and every ingredient is carefully selected. We’re also incredibly lucky to work closely with lots of talented distillers, brewers and coffee roasters too – all located right on our doorstep.
F O O D
Our Family Farm and Garden
Oldstead, North Yorkshire
Tommy and the Banks family have lived and farmed in Oldstead for generations. Every week we collaborate with our team of growers and gardeners to ensure our food box menus feature the best seasonal produce and preserved ingredients, all grown and nurtured by us. Our twenty-acre arable farmland is home to some of the finest-quality root, bulb and leaf vegetables – from potatoes and chicory root, to over fifteen varieties of winter squash too. And over at our two-acre restaurant garden, you’ll find our tomato polytunnel, apple orchard and lots of different herbs. We even have our own beehives there, with around 40,000 busy bees making honey in the summer months.
R&J Yorkshire’s Finest Farmers and Butchers
Ripon, North Yorkshire
A family run business based in Ripon, North Yorkshire, supplying us the finest, premium cuts of meat. Established in 1978, R&J are one of the few butchers with their own herd of cows, as well as a community of suppliers who have been specially selected for their incredible animal welfare standards and free grazing.
Hartlepool, North Yorkshire
Another family-run business based in Hartlepool. Established over one hundred years ago, Hodgson’s has become one of the leading fish merchants in the North of England, fishing along the entirety of the East Coast and purveying the freshest seafood to the leading restaurants, hotels and foodservice businesses.
The Courtyard Dairy
Settle, North Yorkshire
An award-winning, independent cheesemonger championing the best British farmhouse cheeses from small cheese-making farmers. Owners Andy and Kathy Swinscoe carefully select each individual cheese for their superior quality and taste before maturing them in their state-of-the-art cheese room to heighten the flavours and ensure that they are served at their best. The Courtyard Dairy is based in Settle, North Yorkshire.
Pickhill, Thirsk, North Yorkshire
Norton House Farm in Pickhill near Thirsk (less than half an hour from Oldstead!) is home to Cow Corner – an organic dairy farm producing fresh raw milk from their herd of 70 cows. Each cow gets the attention they deserve and they all have their own name and personality.
York, North Yorkshire
One of York’s best artisan bakeries and delicatessens, all the bread baked at Haxby is made using traditional methods of slow fermentation. Low yeasted overnight sponges, natural sourdough levain or a combination of the two means the bread they produce is full of flavour without the use of any artificial flour improvers, preservatives or emulsifiers.
Pudsey, West Yorkshire
Robert Tomlinson and his family have been growing forced Rhubarb for four generations, and are the only producer in the UK still growing pre WWII crowns. Located in the heart of the famous “Rhubarb Triangle” in Pudsey, West Yorkshire, Tomlinson’s produce and purvey some of the most exclusive and unrivalled rhubarb available in the UK. We’re thrilled to be able to feature Robert’s forced rhubarb on our food box menus!
Thirsk, North Yorkshire
Spilman farm is located only a few miles away from Oldstead, and they just happen to be one of the finest growers of asparagus in the UK. First planted by owner Richard ten years ago, the Spilman family are now the proud farmers of three varieties of asparagus, all planted and picked by hand. And it’s not just asparagus – Spilman farm also grow a variety of soft fruits, pumpkins and other arable produce too!
B E V E R A G E S
Sutton-on-the-Forest, North Yorkshire
Originally a scientist and an architect, owners Abbie and Chris found an unexpected passion whilst travelling around Australia – distilling. Now into their fourth year of producing some of the UK’s best sustainable spirits, we’ve been incredibly lucky to collaborate with Cooper King to launch our range of premium bottled cocktails made in their state-of-the-art distillery.
Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham
Roasters of our ethically-sourced, artisan coffee. Lonton was founded in 2013 by Scott – wine merchant-turned-coffee-roaster who made his passion into a business. Based on the Durham-Yorkshire border, in 2014 James and Tommy collaborated with Scott and the Lonton team to produce our own exclusive blend of coffee, Nessun Dorma (meaning “Let no one sleep”!).
Charles Palmer Vineyards
Winchelsea, East Sussex
A family-run wine estate in Winchelsea, East Sussex. Charles Palmer are the producers and purveyors of some of England’s best sparkling wines – including our very own exclusive “Black Swan” edition of their Classic Cuvee.
Shipton-by-Beningbrough, North Yorkshire
An award-winning independent brewery based on the outskirts of York, Treboom offer a core collection of eight beers of various types and styles – most of which are available to purchase in cans or bottles! This year we collaborated with the Treboom team to make our “Master of the Woods” woodruff lager – a kolsh-style lager made with woodruff that’s been foraged in and around Oldstead.
Bad Seed Brewery
Malton, North Yorkshire
For owners James and Chris, what began as a hobby is now one of Yorkshire’s best breweries. Bad Seed produces a range of award-winning cask, keg and canned beers, including our exclusive collaboration brew “Slocken Hefeweizen” – a style of unfiltered wheat beer traditionally made in Bavaria.
Bad Co Brewery
Dishforth, North Yorkshire
Another incredible local brewery to Oldstead, producing a range of British craft ales with an American approach to brewing. We collaborated with Bad Co in 2019 to produce our refreshing and zesty Lemon Verbena Pale Ale, made with the abundance of Verbena growing in the polytunnels on our farm
Headed by Richard Kelley MW, Dreyfus Ashby import some of the most dynamic South African and Regional French wines. We’re incredibly lucky to work so closely with Richard and the team at Dreyfus – many of their wines can be purchased alongside a food box and occasionally feature in our Signature box too!