• Gold Hot Dogs and Beef Sirloin win Soil Association

We liked this one so much we thought we would share it with you; ideal mix of carbs, protein and fat. Taken from Men’s Health magazine January/February; recipe by Richard Bertinet, author of Cook in a Class of your Own.

Serves 5

Spaghetti Carbonara (image courtesy of digipam)

  • 250gms of Helen Browning’s organic bacon – click to buy here
  • 500gms spaghetti pasta
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 100gms Parmesan grated
  • Heavy cream

Cook the spaghetti as per instructions on the pack; spin it around with a fork to ensure it doesn’t stick together. Mix the egg yolks, cream and Parmesan in a bowl.

Chop the bacon and fry it until crispy, then drain it on kitchen paper.

When the pasta is cooked, drain it and return to the pan. Set the pan to a low heat, add the crispy bacon and egg mixture and toss for 30 seconds or so. The residual heat from the bacon and pasta will cook the eggs – just keep your tossing time to a minimum so they don’t scramble.

Tuck in and enjoy!

image courtesy of digipam


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latest awards

SA Gold Award

Hot Dog and Beef Sirloin Winners

Following two years of being ‘highly commended’, our Helen Browning brand organic hot dogs, have now won ‘Gold’ in the Organic Food Awards. They are amazing, we think – what hot dogs used to be like, before they were made of pig skin and old washing up lines all pulped up together! And Helen’s Beef Sirloin, also usually on the menu here, also won ‘Gold’.


Sustainable Restaurants award

Sustainable Restaurant Association gives 
Helen Browning at The Royal Oak top score for good practice!

Out of about 450 restaurants, hotels and pubs, the SRA has awarded The Royal Oak Three Gold Stars for its sustainable practices. Our pub joins only three other establishments in the country in the top bracket of the SRA’s league table. They have commended our food sourcing, our healthy food on the plate, the way we treat food suppliers, our recycling and, last but not least, the care with which we try to look after customers and staff. You can read more here.


Food For Life logo 

Proud to be a member of the Soil Association’s catering mark supplier scheme that provides assurance to caterers on food and drink issues such as health, animal welfare and the environment.

See the Soil Association’s website for more information.