Ever wondered where our ingredients come from?
We’re committed to sourcing responsibly and, wherever possible, locally – often we’ve found that local ingredients are of as good if not better a quality than the ones that have had to travel for hundreds or even thousands of miles. We’re proud of our growing list of suppliers, many of whom are independent, ethical businesses based near us and run by people who are as passionate about good food and drink as we are. Check them out…
H.G. Walter supply all of our meat, in particular our bespoke aged beef patty. The recipe is specially made for us by them, and it’s a secret (so hands off!) – though we can divulge that our patties are made from 100% rib and chuck (both prime cuts), and the beef is from a grass-fed Aberdeen Angus cross-breed, reared on a small number of farms along the Ayrshire coast in Scotland.
H.G. Walter are the ‘go-to’ butcher for many of London’s top chefs, but most importantly, they are an independent, family-run business based in West London, and they’re committed, in their words, ‘to doing things in the proper way’ (hear, hear!). They source their meat from small British farmers, and their passion for food and quality is a perfect match for our own.
Our fresh produce, as well as our dry goods and dairy, come from Bristol-based Arthur David. Arthur David are another family-run business, with over 50 years of experience sourcing and supplying quality ingredients and a commitment to community spirit and customer service.
You’d be surprised how much oil a restaurant gets through on a weekly basis – we use around 80 litres at each of our pubs (don’t worry, only a small amount of this actually gets consumed by our lovely customers!).
Luckily our friend Charlie from Cotswold Gold produces the finest British rapeseed oil you can get your hands on (Raymond Blanc, Oxford’s own king of cookery, will back us up on this one!). The first secret to our superior fries is that they’re hand cut and home-made… but the second secret is the oil we cook them in. The cat’s out of the bag! We also use the cold pressed extra virgin oil for our fine oils, and for general cooking.
In addition to being damn tasty, the traditional cold pressing methods Cotswold Gold use preserves the natural health benefits of rapeseed, so the oil is naturally high in vitamin E and rich in omegas 3, 5 and 9, and much lower in cholesterol than standard veg oil. And the oil is about as local as you can get – the crops are grown on the family farm in the Cotswolds, and harvested, pressed, and bottled in the Cotswolds, too.
Of course, we filter our oil daily to get as much longevity out of it as we can, but when it’s done, it get collected and recycled into bio-diesel!
The Cotswold Curer
We’re proud that our delicious chorizo and salami comes from a small artisan producer based in the Cotswolds – The Cotswold Curer. They do high-quality bespoke cured meats like our fennel salami, all made from locally sourced free-range pork. You can catch them at the farmers’ markets in Oxford and Cheltenham, too!
It’s important to us that we strike a balance between the authentic and the local – rather than shipping in olive oil from Italy, for example, we use delicious, high-quality rapeseed oil from the Cotswolds. But where our pizzas are concerned, there are some things that are sacred. Carnevale is our Italian supplier, providing us with all of our authentic Neapolitan flour and tomatoes and ensuring that every pizza we make meets our exacting standards.
Hobbs House Bakery
Established way back in the 1920s, the award-winning Hobbs House Bakery is another local family business, with five generations and counting of baking experience. Based in the Cotswolds, they supply our bespoke burger buns, made just for us, and all of our super tasty sourdough.
We only use free range eggs, and at all of our sites except Cheltenham, they come from Mayfield. Mayfield’s eggs are laid by happy Oxfordshire hens, who get to spend their days roaming free in lush, grassy fields at a farm just outside Oxford, near Witney (sounds pretty nice, eh?). Family-run, Mayfield is committed to providing the best care possible for their hens, and we think it shows in the quality of the eggs!
Lovely Paul at Oxfordshire Logs provides us with quality kiln-dried hardwood logs for all of our pubs (only the very best will do for our pizza ovens!). Their logs are hand selected and put through kilns to reduce moisture, which means they tend to burn longer than seasoned logs, and are cleaner burning. Based on Donnington Bridge in Oxford, they’re also our closest supplier (to the Rusty, at least!).
The whizzes at Oxfordshire’s own award-winning UE Coffee Roasters have helped us develop our own unique blend of Jitter Juice. We wanted something that would be as delicious plonked in a milky cappuccino as it is on its own, and boy did they deliver. The blend is part arabica, part robusta for a more mellow, traditional coffee taste, and of course it’s fair trade. Based on the border of the Cotswolds, UE’s mission is to make authentic, artisan coffee accessible to everyone, and they roast their coffees in small batches using a completely unique oak-fired roasting process. If you’re as hooked on their coffee as we are, you can always pick up a pack of Jitter Juice to take home from any of the pubs…
Super local to our Oxford pubs, Jericho-based Barefoot Bakery supply our crazy-delicious organic cakes and baked goods. Everything is hand-made and hand finished, using the best ingredients, including real butter, fresh veggies and fresh fruit. Yum.