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Aldens of Oxford: a 227 year history

7th generation family butchers established in 1793

In 1792 a young Lord Edward Seymour was admitted to Christchurch College, Oxford and with him came his personal assistant Isaac Alden (1764-1832). One year later Lord Seymour become the 11th Duke of Somerset. Isaac stayed in Oxford and opened a butcher’s shop on Bear Lane in 1793. He lived above the shop with his wife and young son, Thomas.

Thomas (1808-1877) and Robert (1841-1927) expanded the business with an abattoir and moved to Eastwyke Farm – less than a mile from Oxford city centre. Len, Rodney and Leonard Alden were followed by Richard who ran the business from 1966 until I was appointed MD in 2003.

Today we’re still based in Oxford and have become a well-respected butcher supplying world-famous places including Oxford & Cambridge Universities, The Palace of Westminster as well as schools, restaurants and our wonderful customers across the country.

So much has changed over the last 227 years. However, Aldens remains focused on product provenance, consistency, flavour, animal welfare and sustainability allowing us to deliver consistently better produce.

Produce that’s carefully sourced for quality and consistency.

Our produce is hand-selected for your peace of mind, making sure you get the finest quality fresh produce every single day. Product sourcing is at the heart of the business. Buy with confidence with the knowledge you will receive produce that has been handled with care from farm to plate.

Summer Recipes

Recipes & Cooking Tips

Be inspired by our range of seasonal recipes. Whatever your cooking tonight, there is something for everyone.