We’re On A Roll!

Thomas the Baker award winning deli black pudding sausage rolls

Have you heard the news? We’ve been awarded yet another Gold Star at the Great Taste Awards! This time, the award-winning product is our Deli Black Pudding Sausage Roll. Now we’ve always known that our deli sausage rolls are a stand out product thanks to their excellent quality locally reared pork sausage meat, a secret blend of herbs and spices, and a touch of rich black pudding, all made in Helmsley by Thomas’ master butchers and bakers. But the proof is really “in the pudding”. The judges at this year’s Great Taste Awards have proclaimed that our deli sausage rolls are “hearty” and “truly appealing looking” with a “crisp and buttery, flaky pastry with a moist well-seasoned sweet porky inside”. Our Deli Black Pudding Sausage Roll was originally only available in our Thomas of Helmsley deli, which is based in our hometown, Great British High Street’s award winning market town in 2015. Once we realised how much our customers loved…

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Vote For Us: Farm Shop & Deli Awards

Thomas of Helmsley Grand Opening

We’re very proud of all of stores in and around Yorkshire, but right now, we’re especially proud of our Helmsley deli, Thomas of Helmsley, as it’s been nominated in the Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2019! The Farm Shop & Deli Awards have been running for over five years now, with a goal of supporting and celebrating excellence within the independent, specialist retail market. Organised by William Reed and judged by an expert panel, these awards are looking for small businesses that have a high level of customer service, product knowledge, innovation and community involvement. We’re so proud to hear that our customers have recognised these factors in our Thomas of Helmsley deli so well that they’ve nominated us for this award, but now we need your help! If you agree with us that Thomas of Helmsley is the best in their category, you can vote for us here. Our success all depends on our customers sharing their opinions on…

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A Posie of Sausage Rolls’ies for Father’s Day

Bouquet of sausage rolls'ies from Thomas the Baker

Finding a gift for your dad for Father’s Day can be tricky. With a day that’s been around since 1910, according to most reports, all the usual ones have been done before – whisky, a few bottles of beer, the tie he’s never worn. Many will argue that Mother’s Day is much easier to shop for with bath products, chocolate and bouquets of flowers. So this year, we’re changing things up for this very special Sunday (which is only 3 days away – the 17th June, for anyone that’s forgotten!). Our idea doesn’t need a lot of effort, but it’ll make any Yorkshire-man happy; it can also be put together quickly if you’ve left your gift buying till last minute – no need for extortionate online next day delivery charges for something he’s going to throw in the back of the cupboard! No, instead show him you care with a bunch of Sausage Rolls’ies! Thomas the Baker’s sausage rolls are…

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Supporting Kidney Research UK in 2018

Kidney research UK

Each year, here at Thomas the Baker we choose a different charity to support. Last year, we raised money for the Alzheimer’s Society (and will soon be able to announce the final figure for the year at the end of April) with campaigns such as our Forget Me Not cupcakes, collections in store and more. You can see some more examples of our previous charity work here and here. We’re proud to announce that this year, Thomas the Baker have chosen to support Kidney Research UK, and for a number of very good reasons, one of which is very close to our hearts. Read on to find out why, with a few facts and a story from someone who has been directly affected by the work they do: Kidney Research UK are a much smaller charity than those we have supported in the past, and as such, don’t get nearly as much publicity. They are thrilled that we’ll be supporting…

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We’re celebrating National Bread Week!

Thomas of Helmsley Grand Opening - artisan breads

Hey, did you know it’s National Bread Week? From the 24th February to 4th March 2018, the country will be celebrating all things dough – this is the 10th annual celebration. The campaign focuses on “Real Bread” – the kind made by people like us, the small, local and independent bakers. This Bread Week, we’re offering sampling of our breads in stores around lunch time on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, so find your nearest store and make sure you’re there to try out some of our favourites! But you probably need to know a little bit more about our breads beforehand, and we’re only to happy to boast a bit about how our loaves are made. You’ll probably know that loaves are the “bread and butter” of our business! Nearly all of our ‘everyday’ breads, including the popular Country Crunch and Farmhouse, are made using the ‘sponge and dough’ 48 hour method which is, to the best of our knowledge,…

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Deli Sausage Rolls “rolling” out to more stores

Thomas of Helmsley Deli Sausage Rolls

Have you heard about our Thomas of Helmsley Deli Sausage Rolls? If not, where have you been?! We originally only sold these in our deli and butchers in Helmsley, Thomas of Helmsley, but they’ve been almost literally flying off the shops. In fact, they’ve proved so popular that we’ve decided to “roll” them out to a limited range of our stores so that even if you’re not in Helmsley, you’ll get the chance to try them. Starting from Monday 19th February, the following six Thomas the Baker stores will have our Deli Sausage Rolls available for sale: Kirkbymoorside Pickering Malton Easingwold York: Market Street York: Kings Square If you’re not sure where these are located or which would be the nearest to you, head over to our store locator to find out more. Let us try to tempt you a little more by telling you all about these Deli Sausage Rolls you’ve probably heard so much about. Wrapped in crispy…

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Fabulous Fizz Friday at Thomas of Helmsley – 24th November

Fizz Friday at Thomas of Helmsley

The next in our series of tasting events in the run up to Christmas at Thomas of Helmsley is our fantastic and fabulous Fizz Friday, held on Friday 24th November from 6.30pm. If you’ve been following along or are a local resident of Helmsley who loves their good food, you’ll know that we’ve already run a couple of these sampling days – read more about our local cheese sampling back in October here and our Super Sausage Saturday here. Between 6.30pm and 8pm, customers are welcome to visit our newly relaunched Thomas of Helmsley store to sample some Festive Fizz, including prosecco, gin and mixers. Alongside these will be a few firm Thomas the Baker favourites including our award-winning sweet mince pies (if you’re not from Yorkshire, no fear! You can buy these online here) and a selection of complementary cheese and crackers. The selection of new drinks that will be available to taste at our Festive Fizz evening include…

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Minster FM features Thomas of Helmsley Sausages

Thinking about visiting Thomas of Helmsley this weekend for our Super Sausage Saturday but haven’t yet made up your mind? If the sound of our tasty selection of sausages including the Yorkshire Bratwurst, Mango, Lime & Ginger Pork sausage and Yorkshire Special haven’t tempted you enough yet, let us persuade you even further: our Thomas of Helmsley sausages and the makers have been featured by Minster FM: Starring our very own celebrity chef, Stephanie Moon, alongside our in house deli butcher, Grant Baildon, our deli chef, Trevor, and the good people of Helmsley, you’ll find out how our sausages are made, the high quality of the ingredients that goes into them, what makes a proper sausage and how to cook one. Our Helmsley customers were only too happy to give them a taste while Minster FM were filming, but you can give them a go yourself to see if they really are as good as we say (they are, we…

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Super Sausage Saturday at Thomas of Helmsley – 4th November

Thomas of Helmsley sausage sampling

A couple of weeks ago, we hosted the first of our series of sampling events at Thomas of Helmsley: the Big Cheese. And today we’re announcing the next link in our chain of events: Super Sausage Saturday! To mark UK Sausage Week, which runs from the 30th October to 5th November, as well as to celebrate the relaunch of Thomas of Helmsley and to keep our customers well fed with traditional fare around Bonfire Night, we’ll be offering samples and tastings of our sizzling sausage range on Saturday 4th November at our newly refurbished Thomas of Helmsley deli. This banging range has been developed for Thomas the Baker to be sold in Thomas of Helmsley by local celebrity chef, Stephanie Moon, and our in house deli head butcher, Michael Foster. The new range of sausages includes a super tasty Yorkshire Bratwurst; a Mango, Lime and Ginger Pork Sausage; and the ‘Yorkshire Special’ – made using Henderson’s Relish, breadcrumbs from our craft bakery’s own freshly…

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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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