Joyce & Charles Ashbridge (mother and son) founded Taste Tradition on New Year’s Day 2004. Their success is testament to the increased value people place on animal welfare, traditional methods and high quality, beautifully tasting real produce.
Nestled at the top of Sutton Bank in the North York Moors National Park, the Ashbridge family has farmed at Cold Kirby for 3 generations. The traditional methods of breeding, rearing and finishing livestock used in our grandfathers' days are still evident in Charles’s protocols. The combination of outdoor rearing and the breeds is quite simply incredible taste - ‘the proof of the pudding is in the eating’ as they say.
We still have the farm at Cold Kirby, and have since established another farm just two miles from our butchery at Thirsk. All the livestock produced on these two farms are sold through Taste Tradition, with some additional supply from local farmers who have the same ideals as we do.
We have had to take on this second farm as demand has been growing steadily, and we have been expanding to meet this demand, moving premises to a fully equipped, EEC licensed cutting unit in the nearby town of Thirsk. We have a highly skilled team of butchers, packers, drivers and office staff, as well as our directors who are capable and versatile enough to fill any of the aforementioned roles!
We have refrigerated vehicles delivering around Yorkshire on a daily basis and other areas during specified days of the week. We have two deliveries to London per week and are taking on new customers every week, including some very prestigious sites and well known names in the culinary world.
A Rare Breed herd was chosen because these breeds: are well suited to our outdoor rearing system because they’re naturally more resilient than the modern commercial pig. Their status is higher as a result and they mature at a slower rate than commercial breeds. In addition to a carefully controlled diet of natural ingredients, the flavour of the meat is enhanced. We believe that ultimately, this is what people are looking for.
We are proud members of:
The Rare Breed Survival Trust
Ladies in Pigs
Private customers by secure online shopping or telephone
Slaughter/cut/pack service for livestock keepers
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