Photo essay: Rhubarb growers with famous following

Oldroyd and Sons are no ordinary fruit and vegetable vendor. They are one of the most well-known rhubarb growers in West Yorkshire and have had a whole host of famous celebrities pay a special visit to their farm to sample their products.

Saturday, 27th February 2016, 7:31 am
Updated Saturday, 27th February 2016, 7:35 am
E Oldroyd and Sons, Rhubarb Growers, Carlton, Leeds. PIC: Simon Hulme

The business began in the 1930s after the Great Depression, when John Richard Oldroyd decided to branch out from the original family farm in Wisbech to start a brand new venture of his own.

Since then, the farm has grown from strength-to-strength and the farm is now in the hands of Janet Oldroyde-Hulme, who has been dubbed ‘High Priestess of Rhubarb’ for her horticultural expertise.

Raymond Blanc, Rick Stein and Brian Turner are among the many celebrity chefs that have paid a visit to the farm.

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E Oldroyd and Sons, Rhubarb Growers, Carlton, Leeds. PIC: Simon Hulme
E Oldroyd and Sons, Rhubarb Growers, Carlton, Leeds. PIC: Simon Hulme
E Oldroyd and Sons, Rhubarb Growers, Carlton, Leeds. PIC: Simon Hulme
E Oldroyd and Sons, Rhubarb Growers, Carlton, Leeds. PIC: Simon Hulme