• Gold Hot Dogs and Beef Sirloin win Soil Association

Pigs in Blankets

Jazz up your Christmas Party Table

‘Tis the season for the simple sausage and bacon to shine. Easy and quick to cook, chipolatas and bacon are not only the essential accompaniments to Christmas dinner, but with a little imagination they can make an impressive table centrepiece and amazing party appetisers.

Christmas is not a time for compromise. Helen Browning’s Organic Speedy Sausages are a chipolata-style sausage that are 96% organic pork and gluten-free. Her bacon is dry cured by hand and left to mature for twelve days to allow the full flavour to emerge. All of Helen’s pork products are sourced from her farm in Wiltshire and like-minded farmers.

The flavoursome bacon is excellent for laying across the turkey to prevent it drying out, and the Speedy Sausages add a spicy kick when added to the turkey or roast potatoes for the last 25 minutes of cooking time.

Organic Pigs in Blankets

Helen Browning’s Organic Speedy Sausages (from frozen or fresh)

Wrap with Helen Browning’s Organic Streaky Bacon (smoked or unsmoked? Your choice)

Sprinkle with a little olive oil and pop in the oven at 200ºC, Gas mark 6, for 10-15mins depending on how crispy you like your pigs in blankets

Roast Organic Asparagus & Bacon

Roast Organic Asparagus and Bacon

Ingredients: Helen Browning’s Organic Streaky Bacon, Organic Asparagus, Sea Salt and Black Pepper

  • Toss the asparagus in a little olive oil
  • Wrap generously in Helen Browning’s Organic Streaky Bacon
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • Roast in the oven for 10-15minutes at 200ºC, Gas mark 6, or until the bacon is crispy


Organic Blue Bacon Bites

Organic Blue Bacon Bites

Ingredients: Helen Browning’s Organic Streaky Bacon, Organic Wholemeal Bread, Stilton and Cream Cheese

  • Toast the Wholemeal bread and cut into 40mm squares
  • Mix 80% stilton with 20% cream cheese, gently – maintain some lovely texture rather than mixing to a cream mixture.
  • Crisp up some Helen Browning’s Organic Streaky Bacon (grill or in the pan)
  • Place a good dollop of blue cheese mixture on to the toast with a slice of streaky bacon on top

Serve warm for optimum delight

Twisted Hot Dogs

Twisted Hot Dogs

Ingredients: Helen Browning’s Organic Hot Dogs & Helen Browning’s Organic Streaky Bacon, Organic Peppers

  • Place a skewer lengthways through the Hot Dog, then cut a spiral shape the length of the Hot Dog.
  • Skin peppers (cut in half and pop under grill until blackened, then seal inside a plastic bag for 10-15 minutes and the skins will remove easily)
  • Slice the peppers lengthways into 4mm strips and pop into the cuts of the Hot Dogs
  • Cut the Streaky Bacon length ways and wrap into the spiral cuts
  • Place the Hot Dogs on a baking tray and oven cook for 10mins at 220ºC (lower for fan ovens), Gas mark 8

Black pudding, Bacon and Apricot lovers

Black pudding, Bacon and Apricot lovers

Ingredients: Helen Browning’s Organic Back Bacon, Organic Black Pudding, Wholemeal bread and Dried Apricots

  • Flatten the apricots with a rolling pin and cut into heart shape (or any other shape you prefer)
  • Toast the bread and cut into heart shapes
  • Cut the black pudding also into slightly smaller heart shapes
  • Shallow fry the Back Bacon in a little oil and cut into shape

Pile high and serve warm

Christmas Cauliflower & Stilton Florets

Christmas Cauliflower and Stilton Florets

Ingredients: Helen Browning’s Organic Streaky Bacon, Organic Cauliflower & Stilton (or any strong cheese you prefer)

  • Pull the cauliflower apart into 1-2 bite sized florets
  • Place a piece of your favourite cheese on top and wrap in Helen Browning’s Organic Streaky Bacon
  • Pop in the oven at 220ºC (lower for fan ovens), Gas mark 8, for 10 minutes or until the bacon is crispy.


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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.