In the heart of west Fife, the sleepy village of Auchtertool can be found. It is here you will find our family farm where Puddledub Pork is based.
The Mitchell family have farmed here at Clentrie Farm since 1905 and our family ancestors have farmed in this area of Fife for over 300 years. We have always had pigs on our farm since Harry Mitchell bought the farm four generations ago.
Our decision to sell our homegrown pork direct to you the customer came about 20 years ago, in 1999.
Puddledub Pork and the Fifeshire Bacon Company was established by Tom Mitchell and his sister Camilla in 1999.
In 1997/98 the UK pig industry ran into stormy waters when Sterling became strong and made imported pork very cheap. This drove prices down to way below production cost and in short nearly bankrupted the Mitchell’s farm.
However Tom and Camilla both felt that the correct way forward was not to “sell up” as everyone seemed to recommend, but to try and turn their situation to an advantage, so they down-sized the pig herd and became curers and retailers of pork and so Puddledub Pork and Fifeshire bacon Co Ltd was born.
Farmers markets have been instrinsic to the growth and success of Puddledub. Tom and Camilla's decision in 1999 to sell their homegrown pork and bacon directly to customers coincided with the advent of Scottish Farmers’ Markets and a consumer movement away from Supermarkets towards local food.
Tom was heavily involved in setting up Fife Farmers Markets and is still chairman today, helping develop and sustain weekly farmers markets across Fife. Not only did the farmers markets offer an opportunity to sell their produce but also to get instant customer feedback. Tom and Camilla could see the difference between pork produced at their smaller scale was tangibly different to that produced on a commercial scale.
Since 1999 we have slowly built a reputation as one of Scotland’s finest Bacon and Pork Producers. Puddledub is one of the few producers, remaining in the UK, that really does offer pork from ‘farm to fork’.
Genuine provenance is a key part of our vertically integrated business.
Unlike other butchers, Puddledub looks after every part of the supply chain from breeding and rearing of the pigs, to the making of the products, to the delivery, and retailing of the products. This ensures that Puddledub products can and are renowned for their taste. Shop now.
Our hand-reared pork comes from Large white-Duroc Pigs. We have a dedicated and loyal team who take time and care in what they do, to not only offer delicious products but traceability and excellent customer service. We don’t believe in cutting corners. We never have. We make our pork how our ancestors have for generations; with time and care, producing pork that can be remembered for its flavour and superb taste.
We believe knowing where your food comes from is important and that's why we offer a home delivery service.
Our Philosophy is simple. Each step from the breeding of our home grown pigs to the butchering and preparation of our products is thoughtfully done with care from conception to consumption.
All of our pigs are bred and reared at Clentrie, fed on barley and bedded on loose straw, both grown in the surrounding fields. Our animal’s health and wellbeing are of utmost importance to us.
All of our Pork is hung for up to 10 days which allows the flavour to develop fully and help us produce truly marvellous pork to be enjoyed. Our team of Scottish Craft Butchers have over 160 years experience between them.
We use traditional methods to make our dry cured bacon, mild cured hams and pork sausages, by hand, with real ingredients and skills that have been practised for centuries. We are immensely proud of all our products and know you will love them too.
Clentrie Farm is also home to The Buffalo Farm run by Tom and Camilla's nephew Steve Mitchell. He runs his herd of Water Buffalo, Aberdeen Angus Cattle and a flock of Jacob Sheep on the grass land.
There is also a fresh water loch here on the farm which is a designated Site of Special Scientifc Interest.