Laidler’s was founded in 1913 by James William Shell, Harry’s great grandfather. He started the business when he took over a market garden in New Hartley, Northumberland.

When the World War l broke out, Harry’s great grandfather fought for king and country, seeing action in the battlefields of The Somme. Back home, the family stuck to their guns building up Laidler’s reputation in the community.

The business stayed within the family, firstly being passed on to Harry’s grandfather James William Laidler and then to Harry’s father James Henry Laidler.

The company survived two World War’s and in the early days, produce from the gardens was sold to the local villages by horse and cart. It wasn’t until 1956, that Harry’s dad had bought their first new Bedford van.


Over the years, Laidler’s has developed and grown by listening to its customers and responding to their needs.

Laidler’s retail shop was one the busiest in the North East of England being open just Thursday, Friday and Saturday. There were 7 staff on tills serving from 9am until 6pm non-stop and 4 staff filling the stall. Average wait to be served was 30 minutes. The longest recorded wait was Christmas 1990 – 3 hours 45 minutes!

Harry has now turned his full attention to providing the finest produce British Farms have to offer to the whole UK. From their premises in Northumberland where they have been since 1979, Harry will send out only the finest cuts of British cattle to the most discerning of customers.

Their new online platform is a far cry from the days of the horse and cart, but as with every change in the markets the Laidler’s have been there to change with it.