Shaken Oak Products are based at Shaken Oak Farm, which is situated on the edge of the Cotswolds in an area that was once part of the Royal Forest of Wychwood. Nearby are the sites of two Roman villas and the farm lies directly on the route used by Charles 1 on his escape from Oxford in 1644.
The making of mustards at Shaken Oak started as a hobby satisfying the needs of family and friends. This gradually led to enquiries from other mustard devotees and soon a cottage industry was established producing a range of handmade mustards and OTHER PRODUCTS for the speciality food market.
In 1994 production was moved from the farmhouse kitchen to a purpose-built unit in an adjoining barn, with a further extension to the "Mustard House" being added in 2003.
We only use the finest ingredients, wherever possible from local sources, in our products. The items that we do not grow ourselves are continually checked so high standards can be maintained and no added artificial ingredients or preservatives are included at any stage of the manufacturing process. We are also regularly inspected by Heart of England Fine Foods and have been awarded 5 stars for our Food Hygiene and Safety Standard since 2010.
Food safety is a priority and we have implemented a HACCP (Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Points) structure, which means that each critical stage in production is checked. Our premises are registered with West Oxfordshire District Council in accordance with current food regulations and have been inspected and approved by the local environmental health department. Our products also conform to current trading standards regulations.
We have established ourselves to represent the authentic image of country fare: products actually made by small producers, using traditional methods of manufacture but employing modern quality controls, so the high quality of the products can be maintained.
Recognition of the quality of our products has led to inclusion in 'Henrietta Green's Food Lovers' Guide to Britain', 'The Which Guide to Country Shopping', 'The Authentic Food Finder' and 'Great British Food'. Our products have also received favourable reviews by local and national media. Our mustards were recommended by Rose Prince in “The Savvy Shopper”, published by Fourth Estate in 2006. Our products were used in 'The Great British Menu' (BBC) during 2010 and 2012 and in 'My Tasty Travels' (ITV) with Lynda Bellingham in 2012.
Shaken Oak are members of Heart of England Fine Foods and Thames Valley Farmers' Market Co-operative, all of which can be found on our links page.