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.
As Thornton’s in Easingwold property had been in the family for generations and needed a bit of TLC, John made the decision to move Thornton’s out to Husthwaite where he took over Andrew Thornton’s old butchery premises as renovations in Easingwold began. For almost two years John and the team worked out of Husthwaite, developing new Pastry products and supplying wholesale and retail customers, old and new.
Thornton’s absence was strongly felt in Easingwold, with many rumours circulating about what would happen to the old Butchers shop and whether Thornton’s would ever return to the market town… and in August 2019 after a year of renovations, they did! On 21st August 2019 John and the team opened the doors to their brand new Butchery, Bakery and Shop in what had been Thornton’s old slaughter house on Chapel Street. This is where you’ll find them today!