Our history began in 1875, when brothers Albert Oakley, aged 36 and Edwin started out business around Luton, Leighton Buzzard, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead where we then sold bacon, lard, margarine and cheese from a handcart.
Unable to keep up with increasing demand for their fresh, quality produce, the entrepreneurs decided to purchase a permanent plot in a prestigious part of Luton, High Town. Perfectly placed near the railway, the shop was an ideal location to receive deliveries - and of course, passing trade.
Sadly, Albert Oakley died being thrown from a pony and trap in 1917, however Edwin continued to expand the business and keep it thriving. In the meantime, Albert's son William had joined the family business and kept their customers supplied throughout the war.
Following in his father William's footsteps, Peter Oakley joined the business in 1951, where they worked together for 22 years. Keen to maintain the family tradition, Jonathan, Peter's son came on board in 1982, at which time the bacon processing and wholesaling was moved to Flitton.
Since then, Oakley Brothers has flourished in Flitton, where it now concentrates on processing and wholesaling bacon to a growing customer base.
We are proud to now have three generations of the Oakley family working in the business, with Jonathan's daughter Hattie joining the business in 2009.
Founded in 1875, Oakley Bros remains a family run business providing quality bacon, ham and gammons to butchers, farm shops and caterers throughout the UK.
As well as offering a wholesale delivery service to Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire and beyond, we also offer a bespoke curing service, for business and individuals.