Handcrafted Pies & Pastries and Quality Local Meats
The Thornton’s name has been well known in Easingwold and the surrounding area for generations, passed down through the Thornton family from father, to son, to grandson. Our business started back in 1960, with a Butchers shop in Easingwold market place, opened by John’s granddad Colin Thornton and his wife Mary. It was Granny who ran the Bakehouse adjoining the shop and began to develop our famous Pork Pies which have become a tradition for many local families, and still are to this day.
The business grew from strength to strength and was passed down to their son and John’s dad Geoff in the mid-seventies. Geoff grew the business over the next forty plus years until he retired in 2017 and handed the reins to his son, John Thornton.
A bit about the Owner, John Thornton
John started helping out down at the old Butcher’s shop in Easingwold when he was knee-high to a grasshopper; he’s a tall chap now and back then he used to have to stand on an old washing up bowl to reach the bakery units to make pastry!
Working at the Butcher’s shop in Easingwold for a year or so after leaving school led John to want to expand his Butchery skills so he attended Leeds City College Thomas Danby Campus, studying their level 3 Butchery course for two years. There he received the ‘Adjudged Best Student for the Intermediate Certificate in Meat and Poultry Award’ in 2007 (and got to meet Princess Anne at the Butcher’s Hall in London!).
Continuing his education, John enrolled in the Meat Business Management course at Harper Adams, whilst working at ABP Food Group and holding managerial positions in abattoirs in Ireland, Shrewsbury and Blackburn, amongst other locations in the UK.
Deciding he needed to spread his wings a bit before returning to take over the family business, John left the UK in September 2013. He travelled to New Zealand and worked in Butchers such as Harris Meats in Cheviot and Elite Meats in Christchurch. After eighteen months of working in New Zealand, John left the country to travel Australia and Asia before returning home in December 2015 after a lengthy 29 months away.
Returning to the UK saw John help out at Thornton’s in Easingwold, stepping in to make pies during the busy Christmas periods. Not quite ready to re-join the family business completely, he accepted a Butchery position at M & K Quality Butchers on Bishopthorpe Road in York for eighteen months.
Fast forward to October 2017 when John took over Thornton’s Butchers; with a new generation came a development of the company and a name change from Thornton’s Butchers to Thornton’s Bakehouse & Butchers. Watch this space for future developments!