Aldens: A historic butcher


Aldens of Oxford

7th generation family butchers establish 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 Matthew was appointed MD in 2003.

Today the business is based in Osney Mead, Oxford and we 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 retail customers.

So much has changed over the last 227 years. There have been nine monarchs, 42 prime ministers serve, two world wars and eight pandemics. However, Aldens remains focused on product provenance, consistency, flavour, animal welfare and sustainability allowing us to deliver consistently better produce.


Delivering Consistently Better Produce

Since 1793, Aldens have served families and businesses across Oxfordshire and more recently across the UK with the superb quality meat, fish and fresh produce. Aldens of Oxford source produce from from producers with high welfare and ethical standards. All products are hand cut and prepared by our amazing team of butchers.

With over 227 years of history and an unbeatable heritage, Aldens of Oxford are proud to serve you.


Aldens: A historic butcher

We’re very proud of our history. We have many stories to tell from the last 227 years but throughout it all, we have remained true to our values; great tasting meat, provenance you can trust, the highest welfare standards, traditional craft butchery and first-class customer service.


Our Farmers

To sell great tasting meat we must be able to buy it. Aldens have built great relationships with farmers and producers ensuring our supply chain is always guaranteed the highest quality produce.



Aldens have made sustainability a high priority for the business. We recognise the impact our business, and industry has on our environment and are fully committed to minimalizing this. Having already made significant changes, we regularly review and invest in improvements, always seeking opportunities to minimise energy use and waste generation.

Summer Recipes

Recipes & Cooking Tips

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