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Plumbs’ Dairy to celebrate 70th anniversary in 2022

Welcome to the original home delivery service! We’ve been delivering fresh local milk and produce way before there were supermarket deliveries, in fact way before supermarkets even existed!

Plumbs’ Dairy has been in the family since 1952 when our grandfather Henry Plumb first took off on a horse and cart, on his first milk round.

Today, we have expanded on Henry’s simple vision of supplying fresh local milk and produce, without fuss, to local people. As well as fresh breads, meats, fruit & veg, eggs and dairy, we now have a huge range for the pantry including chutneys, jams, honey and oils for cooking. There’s a wide range of kitchen and home cleaning products as well as logs for the fire, compost and birdseed for the garden.

We see ourselves as a modern delivery service built on traditional values, which means you’ll always benefit from great customer service offered by reliable and friendly milkmen and milk women. Some of our customers have been with us for over 30 years and we know most of them by name.

We don’t exploit dairy farmers as the supermarkets have been accused of doing, we support a fair deal for farmers.

Our impact on the environment is extremely important to us, which is why having milk delivered in glass bottles is the most environmentally friendly way you can purchase your milk. Each glass bottle is re-used 20-30 times before being turned into a new glass milk bottle! Now, how’s that for recycling.

So, why don’t you give us a try? Try out our regular milk delivery, and get your milk delivered to your door in time to pour onto your morning cornflakes! You can set up daily order or weekly order.

Our Suppliers

We work with some fantastic local suppliers and are always on the lookout to work with more!

If you produce good tasty local produce, then team up with us at Plumbs’ Dairy. We’re always on the lookout for food producers to expand our ever-expanding range of fine produce.

Get in touch!

Yare Valley

Yare Valley Oils. This pure and delicately flavoured oil is ideal for dressing, frying, roasting, baking and much more, making it a perfect oil for everyday use.

Their seeds are simply pressed by a mechanical means then filtered twice for an incredibly pure and wholesome oil that is then also use as the foundation to create a range of infusions, dressings and marinades.

It is high in omega 3, contains vitamin E and has half the saturated fat of olive oil.

We are proud of these nutritional benefits, ‘Britishness’, Versatility and award winning flavour.

Hovis

Hovis have been baking bread from the finest ingredients for more than 130 years. Their range may have changed and evolved over the years, but their exceptionally high standards of care and expertise never will.

Cotteswold Dairy

Cotteswold Dairy is one of the largest Independent Family Dairies in the UK, supplying England and Wales and processing more than 80 million litres of milk each year. They manage every step of the milk journey from milk collection at the farm, to processing, to distribution and delivery to the customer. We have 3 different Service Depots located in Cheltenham, Shropshire and North Wales as well as our main production site in Tewkesbury, and work with over 40 different family farms that are local to our dairy.

Alpro

40 years of leading the food revolution, making plant-based a positive choice for the planet and its people.Here’s to the plant-based future with even more irresistibly tasty foods!

Greenscents

Greenscents. Their mission is to produce household cleaning and laundry products that are the most sustainable and ethical that you can buy.

In 2017, research carried out by Ethical Consumer confirmed that Greenscents was the most ethical brand available in the UK for laundry liquid, washing up liquid and multi-surface sprays – we were delighted! Since 2011, the unique Greenscents range has grown hugely and now supplies some of the best retailers in the UK. Greenscents is sold in Europe, Scandinavia, South East Asia and the Middle East.  Everything is made in our workshops in Dulverton, Somerset by our small and experienced team.

James White

The secret to making brilliant juices and non-alcoholic drinks is to use only really good natural ingredients and be confident about strong and distinctive flavours.

Lawrence Mallinson acquired the assets of a defunct Suffolk Cider Company in 1989. Starting with our still popular range of single variety English apple juices – Bramley Cox and Russet – the company has grown into one of the UK’s major fruit and vegetable juice pressers, packers and bottlers. We have been based at Whites Fruit Farm in Ashbocking, Suffolk since 1992.

Longley Farm

At Longley Farm, quality and goodness come naturally and are the hallmarks of their independent dairy built on traditional family values, something for which Yorkshire is famous.

These values have been vital in helping them create a range of dairy products which are enjoyed in Yorkshire and around the world, thanks to their natural goodness and high quality.

For over half a century, Longley Farm has worked hard to produce the very best dairy products. Their solid family values have certainly contributed to our world-renowned reputation. Equally important is their commitment to controlling and maintaining quality at each and every stage of production.

Stour Valley Apiairies

Stour Valley Apiairies are passionate about producing great natural honey and beeswax cosmetics.

They also take pride in the welfare of our bees and we work with them so that the needs of both the beekeeper and the bees are met!

Their approach to beekeeping. Bee welfare. Bees are wild animals which are cultivated by the beekeeper for mutual benefit. We visit all our colonies weekly in the summer to check on their development and to take preventative action should the bees be trying to swarm.

The Bay Tree

The Bay Tree. Right from the very start, they have married traditional cooking methods with innovative flavours.  They have a passion for tradition but our inherent sense of adventure continues to push us, to fully explore many conceivable flavours – only ever bringing you something that we are truly proud of.  These values are still central to their philosophy today; they call it making the ordinary extraordinary.

They believe that taste is one of life’s greatest pleasures.  Quite simply, food that tastes great makes life feel better.  Their goal is simple – to make the wonder of nature’s finest flavours a part of everyday life.

Tims Dairy

Tims Dairy is a family business located in Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire, and is run by brothers, Chris, Peter, Bides and Tony Timotheou. They are passionate about making yogurt, crème fraîche and soured cream for a wide variety of market sectors including retail, wholesale, foodservice, private label and supplying fresh ingredients to food manufacturers.

Simon’s Table

Simons marmalade. As a marmalade lover, Simon set out over 30 years ago to make a marmalade that would fulfill his requirements for a dark & tangy conserve – something he couldn’t find on a shop shelf. After a few mishaps, including a set so solid he struggled to get the marmalade out of the jar, he managed to produce a Seville orange and lemon marmalade that was rich, dark & tangy, a flavour like no other, devoured by family and friends.

Field Compost

Founded in 2010 Field Compost is a family run company set up by Chris and Joanna Field. Chris has always been passionate about compost and has been involved in the industry for over twenty years he has a wealth of experience in the development and manufacture of compost products.

Pensworth

Pensworth is one the UK’s leading foodservice suppliers with distribution centres strategically placed to ensure we keep food miles to a minimum. They operate a renewal program on their vehicles to ensure we have the most fuel-efficient and work closely with suppliers to monitor this.

Their plastic bottles are made from recycled materials and can be also be fully recycled.

Wenlock Spring

Wenlock Spring is a family business which commenced bottling water in 1989 and since this date the central focus has been to produce a high quality premium water, sourced responsibly and packaged in an environmentally conscious way, which includes changing our plastic PET bottles, to Recycled plastic (rPET) bottles in 2018. Their investment in machinery and technology keeps us abreast of strict laws that govern bottled water at both a national and European level.

The company has attained The British Retail Consortium Higher (Grade A) Accreditation for the bottling of Wenlock Spring in both glass and plastic bottles.

They are continually implementing new procedures to improve their carbon footprint and have achieved a 99% recycling programme for all packaging used on their site.

Havensfield Eggs

Havensfield Eggs business has grown on the basis of quality eggs at realistic prices, and they have a full range of outlets including farm shops, high street retailers, pubs, hotels and other catering establishments along with wholesalers that sell our eggs further afield.

By keeping things local we can pass our savings to you. The quality comes from the way we look after our flocks – they’re fully traceable, free range and carefully tended. If there’s one thing we’ve been certain of since we started in 2003, it’s that delicious eggs come from Havensfield happy hens.

 

Broadland Hams

Broadland Hams has grown from its start as a Norwich butchers shop to be Norfolk’s premier award winning producer of specialist Ham, Bacon and Sausages.

Their family run business is located in the small farming village of Little Melton. Using their own special recipe to give a full flavour and a delicious taste that is exclusive to Broadland Hams.

They take pride in their traditional production methods which are carried out to the highest hygiene standards in our EU approved factory.

JR Holm & Son

JR Holm & Son have been our egg supplier for over 40 years and always provide the best quality locally sourced free range eggs. Along with their great service we are able to ensure that our customers always get the quality product they expect.

Barkers Bakery

George Barker, together with his wife Joan, started Barkers Bakery on 1st January 1950. They soon had a fleet of vans operating from their bakehouse, delivering bread door-to-door in surrounding villages.

Present owner Richard Barker, the son of George and Joan, joined the business in the mid 1960s, at which time they opened the first of their shops.

From a small village bakery the business has now grown to employ 100 staff, with many shops and a state of the art bakery in Cottenham.

Copdock Mill

Originally established in 1912, Codpock Mill is your go-to animal feed wholesaler in terms of quality, transparency and competitive pricing.