Helen Browning's Organic Hot Dogs

It’s a double whammy for local organic farm and food business Helen Browning’s Organic. Helen’s pub The Royal Oak appears for the fourth year running in The Good Food Guide (2013) and its Hot Dogs have been ‘Highly Commended’ in the widely respected Soil Association Organic Food Awards. The Royal Oak is the only establishment within 10-15 miles of Swindon to appear in The Good Food Guide, an independent endorsement of its aim to offer good local seasonal food.

The Good Food Guide 2013

The Soil Association Organic Food Awards recognise and celebrate the highest quality organic food and drink. Over three days at the Duke of Cambridge organic pub in London, an expert judging panel of food critics, restaurateurs, broadcasters and chefs, including Hardeep Singh Kohli and Jo Wood, sipped, nibbled and crunched their way through over 500 products across 34 categories, – from poultry, preserves and pies to cheese, chocolate and baby food.

Judging in all categories was by blind tasting, with products rated according to smell, texture, appearance, taste and overall ‘yumminess’.

Jo Wood, lifestyle guru and Organic Food Awards judge, said: “It is a great reassurance to see continuing innovation in the organic food industry and the choice of organic produce getting better and better. If we grow food from healthy soil, then we naturally have a healthy organic chemical free diet, both of which go in unison towards living a more sustainable life.”

The Hot Dog market appears to be experiencing a revival with dedicated restaurants springing up in London. Helen Browning was one of the first to recognise that this market was in dire need of a health and taste makeover. She introduced the first organic Hot Dog eighteen months ago, a gluten-free product which is 97% pork, produced from pigs that range freely on Helen’s and several other family farms, and is available online from Ocado and The Royal Oak. The British hot dog, which has evolved as a mealy, mass- produced poor relation of its European counterpart, has been turned on its head.

Rikki McCowen, head chef at Helen’s pub The Royal Oak, in Bishopstone, near Swindon, says “forget everything you thought you knew about hot dogs; there is nothing like these out there.” Rikki, who has worked at Ballymaloe House in Ireland – famous for its award winning cuisine – has a passion for food that stems back to his childhood. Home was a couple of acres of land which was used to keep animals for the table alongside a superb fruit and veg garden. This theme has continued and today he uses local, fresh and free-range produce and believes that good food is about sourcing the best quality ingredients and treating them with respect.

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The Royal Oak events during ‘Organic September’

Europe’s biggest celebration of all things organic will be taking place throughout September, organised by the Soil Association.

19th September: Richard Waygood, local resident and chef d’equipe of Team GB dressage team, responsible for two of our Olympic Golds, tells you how from the horse’s mouth – £5 from each booking goes to riding for the disabled.

26th September: An organic village feast, £10/head

Helen Browning has been farming organically at Eastbrook Farm in Swindon since 1986, and her branded bacon and sausages are sold in the supermarkets.

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About the Soil Association

The Soil Association was founded in 1946 by farmers, scientists, doctors and nutritionists to promote the connection between the health of the soil, food, people and the environment. Today the Soil Association is the UK's leading membership charity campaigning for healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use. www.soilassociation.org

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Helen Browning's Organic Speedy Sausages

Increasingly, time-poor lifestyles, combined with the increase in single person households, is placing more emphasis on convenience and easily prepared meals, without compromising on consumer values. A recent survey carried out by BBC’s Countryfile programme found that 90% of people’s buying habits were influenced by animal welfare issues. The traditional sausage is the original convenience food and Ocado this week introduced Helen Browning’s organic Speedy Sausages to its online grocery store as part of its commitment to animal-welfare friendly foods.

Speedy Sausages consist of 96 percent pork and, because they are free from filler, they are gluten-free and registered by Coeliac UK, the charity working for people with a gluten intolerance. Speedies have a spicy kick which kids seem to love so much and which adults find moreish and convenient. The cooking time is only four minutes and the double pack means that you can keep some for later or freeze them, if the children haven’t got there first.

When Helen Browning started farming in the eighties, she developed an outdoor pig farming system that was the first of its kind in the country. The pigs live naturally in family groups on clover-rich pastures, and customers can visit any time and see the animals that are being reared for them, and eat at the farm's Michelin-recommended pub.

At the end of last year Ocado launched Helen Browning’s bacon. Buyer, Lucy Fry, says “Helen Browning’s products have stood the test of time and the taste, together with the contented lifestyle of the pigs, is a winning combination for our customers.”

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Speedy Sausages: £2.99 for 200 gms 12 sausages. Available now online at Ocado; Sainsbury’s and Tesco stores.

Background – Helen Browning’s Organic


Helen Browning has been farming organically at Eastbrook Farm in Wiltshire since 1986, and her branded bacon and sausages are sold in the supermarkets (see table below).

Helen’s pub, The Royal Oak, in the middle of the farm, is listed by Michelin in their top 500 food pubs 2011; Good Food Guide 2012 – and Helen’s burgers listed in the Top 5 of UK’s best burgers; Good Pub Guide 2012; Alastair Sawday's Special Places 2009-2012, and gold award winner in his ‘Special Places’ Pub and Inns 2009, for local seasonal and organicfood; in 2011 it was awarded Three Star Sustainability Champion status, one of only four such establishments in the country, by the Sustainable Restaurant Association.

Our products

Product name Weight & price Retail outlet
Helen Browning’s organic dry cured:
Back Bacon
Streaky Bacon

£3.99/pack 184 gms
£2.79-£2.99/pack 184 gms
Helen Browning’s Organic
Speedy Sausages
£2.99 for 200 gms\12 sausages Ocado/Sainsbury’s





About Ocado

Ocado www.ocado.com was established in 2000, started trading in 2002 and is now one of Britain’s leading online supermarkets. Ocado operates a centralised distribution model which means that it does not rely upon a network of stores from which to service customers – orders are fulfilled at a unique, high-automated Customer Fulfilment Centre in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, before being loaded onto delivery vans making local routes, or transported by HGV to vans stationed at a network of regional UK distribution spokes. Ocado delivers over 20,000 product lines including Waitrose goods and a growing Ocado own-label range. In 2010 it was named World E-tailer of the Year at the prestigious World Retail Awards and, last year, won Consumer Initiative of the Year at the Grocer Gold Awards for its popular mobile commerce platform.

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Barbara Rayner

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