Family farming businesses collaborate to celebrate British Food Fortnight

Two North Yorkshire family farming businesses are collaborating to create recipes to celebrate British Food.

The team at Thixendale based Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil are creating a series of recipes using beer from Hunmanby based Wold Top Brewery to celebrate British Food Fortnight, which takes place on 18th September to 3rd October.

The recipes include Ale Brownies with Ale and Marmalade Frosting, and hearty dishes like Drunken Creamy Chicken, Steak and Ale Stew with Herb Dumplings and Toad in the Hole with Onion and Ale Gravy and Honey & Mustard Mash.

Organised by Love British Food, British Food Fortnight is the brainchild of Alexia Robinson and aims to promote British food on a national scale.  First held in 2001 in response to the effects of the foot and mouth crisis on the farming industry, its aim was to help revive rural communities and to get the public motivated to buy British food all year round.

Multi award winning Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil and Wold Top Brewery were established in 2008 and 2003 respectively and both have farming at the heart of each of their businesses with home grown and locally sourced ingredients going into their popular products.

Jennie Palmer Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil’s Marketing Manage said: “Here at YRO, we’re renowned for our support of fellow Yorkshire producers and our love of a collaboration.

“We’re following on from a successful National Vegetarian Week recipe collaboration with Wensleydale Creamery with these four recipes that will be released on both YRO and Wold Top social media and websites throughout the fortnight.”

Wold Top Director, Kate Balchin added: “We know that our first and flagship beer, Wold Top makes an amazing gravy; Shepherd’s Watch makes a fabulous base for a stew and that Landmark Lager complements chicken perfectly, but we can’t wait to try out the recipes that Jennie is developing and make them available to our customers too.”

Wold Top and Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil products are available to buy from farm shops and independent retailers nationwide and online through their websites.  For more information visit and