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The Big Cheese: Local Cheese Sampling at Thomas of Helmsley

Thomas of Helmsley Grand Opening - cheese counter

Don’t worry if you missed out on the Grand Opening of Thomas of Helmsley, because as we mentioned in our last blog post, we’re starting a series of tasting events in the run up to Christmas in store where everyone is welcome to come and try our tasty goods. These tasting events start this weekend with… You guessed it – local cheese sampling! On Saturday 14th October from 10.30am onwards, Thomas of Helmsley will play host to Ian Barlow from award-winning cheesemakers Carron Lodge to guide customers through a selection of fantastic local cheeses. There will be firm favourites such as Yorkshire Blues and Wensleydales, as well as some new and exciting flavours to try out. Some of you might have had the chance to try a few at our Grand Opening at the end of September, but you don’t want to miss this opportunity to try even more! The cheese will be served up alongside some complimentary chutneys from…

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Reveal: Thomas of Helmsley Grand Opening

Thomas of Helmsley Grand Opening

At the end of September, we announced that Thomas of Helmsley had reopened following our extensive renovations. And last weekend, we celebrated that opening in style with a Grand Opening event at the store! At 9.30am, we were ready and raring to go to welcome the public to visit the newly renovated Thomas of Helmsley – to see the new entrance, the amazing new signage, the wonderful cheese counter, the delighful deli, the brand new bakery area and, of course, the ever iconic Helmsley butcher’s counter. And did we ever open in style: we were very lucky to be visited by the astounding David Hinde, a Yorkshire town crier, well-known for his appearance in the Dad’s Army movie as well as renowned locally for having the loudest voice. His bell and booming voice called in the crowds throughout the day and we hugely appreciated his work – he definitely made for some good photos for the tourists too! We also…

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Thomas of Helmsley Grand Opening: 30th September

Thomas of Helmsley relaunch

It’s the news you’ve all been waiting for: Thomas of Helmsley, our Helmsley based butchers and delicatessen, has reopened following a short period of closure while we entirely refurbished the store. We acquired this historic property in Helmsley a few years ago, and the time had come for it to get an update. The store had for many years been known to the town as Nicholson’s – a family run butchers – and we didn’t want it to ever lose that history or image, so the refurbishment had to remain complimentary to the roots of this iconic piece of Helmsley’s history. We’ve been teasing you with updates on the final finishing touches going into the store over on our Twitter, but we wanted to explain a little bit more about what’s gone into it as well as announcing the official Grand Opening of Thomas of Helmsley on Saturday 30th September. There was some work back in 2016 on the outbuildings of…

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Christmas Hampers & Gift Boxes

We always have an especially busy run in the weeks before Christmas here at Thomas the Baker, and this year has been no different to usual. Alongside our old favourite Christmas products that fly off the shelves like the Mince Pies, Tipsy Imps and Truffles, this year we’ve added a few new hampers packed full with yummy Thomas the Baker festive goodies to our range. The Hampers range from the smallest which is priced at a very reasonable £16.50 up to a large one stuffed with every Christmas taste you can imagine at £75, with a few sizes in between. They are available to buy in our online store where you can get them delivered to your home for only £7 (no matter how many you order to that address, the delivery cost will always be £7!); you can pop into one of our stores and order one directly from there; or you can visit our own Helmsley Delicatessen and Butchers,…

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Thomas of Helmsley

  You might have noticed over in our sidebar a bit of a reference to our sister shop, Thomas of Helmsley. While our shops are all primarily bakers, this one branches out a little bit, so I’m here today to tell you a bit more about it. Based in Helmsley, this shop has gone through a few changes over the years. When I was little, I knew it as the butchers, Nicholson’s, run by one of my best friend’s family. See that man in the top photo there? That’s my friend’s dad, Ben Nicholson, and one of the original butchers from Nicholson’s all those years ago. In the intervening time he was a minister and a postman, before turning back to butchery – you can see a pretty interesting photo of him combining his interests at the Gazette and Herald! We’ve had the shop for a few years now, and have slowly been adding more and more quality products, both of…

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