Nestled near the top of Sutton Bank in the North York Moors National Park, the Ashbridge family has farmed in Cold Kirby for three generations. The traditional methods of breeding, rearing and finishing livestock used in their grandfather’s days are still evident in their farming methods today.
Over the last few years they have won many industry awards, both locally and nationally which are testament to the quality and taste of their products.
Although they supply meat to many of the country’s best known chefs and restaurants, they have not lost sight of their daily deliveries to local customers who they also welcome to the farm.
All of their cattle are rare or traditional breeds, with the majority being Longhorn, Shorthorn, Belted Galloway, Dexter, Aberdeen Angus, Hereford or Red Poll.
These breeds take longer to mature, and require extensive farming. However, the marbling this produces in the meat and the flavours on the palate are well worth the effort!
They have a grass-based diet, which is what cattle have traditionally consumed for centuries. This diet leads to a magnificent creamy-soft yellow coloured fat, which is high in Omega 3 oils.
The beef is hung in a maturation chiller, on the bone, for the specified amount of time required by individual customers, and they have full traceability of all the meat from the farm, through to delivery to the customer.