Hargrave farmer Duncan Farrington remembers those who helped in early days

Nigel Johnson from H Johnson and Sons family butchers of Thrapston with Duncan Farrington
Nigel Johnson from H Johnson and Sons family butchers of Thrapston with Duncan Farrington

Farrington’s Mellow Yellow rapeseed oil is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a redesign and fresh look.

The success of this British brand of culinary oil has been achieved through lots of hard work, as well as support from a wide variety of people.

And to mark that, 10 hand-picked individuals have been sent the new-look bottles.

They include celebrity chefs James Martin, Jamie Oliver, Michel Roux Jr, Adam Gray and Nigella Lawson. The recipients also include Nigel Johnson from Thrapston butcher H Johnson and Sons.

Mr Farrington started selling bottles of Mellow Yellow cold pressed rapeseed oil to independent retailers from the boot of his car in 2005, including his first stop at local butcher, H Johnson & Sons in Thrapston.

Mr Johnson agreed to give it a try on a sale or return basis and within a fortnight had placed his second order, having completely sold out.

Cold pressed rapeseed oil continues to grow in popularity and is much loved by chefs and home cooks alike, who appreciate its culinary and health properties.

Leading chefs to discover Farrington’s early on included Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson.

Mr Farrington introduced himself to Jamie at a consumer show in 2006, and since then has produced one of Jamie’s brands of rapeseed oil as well as being on the menu at his Union Jacks restaurant.

Nigella was an early fan too, naming Farrington’s Mellow Yellow as her rapeseed oil of choice in her book Kitchen.

Mr Farrington, of Bottom Farm, Hargrave, said: “Our success has been achieved not only with a great product, but also through working with great people who believed in what I was trying to achieve right from the start.

“From the food writers and independent shops, to the national retailers and Michelin starred chefs, all of whom I’ve enjoyed working with and who have supported us on our journey from humble beginnings.”

Farrington Oils was Britain’s first seed-to-bottle producer of cold pressed rapeseed oil.