Arti­san pro­duce from monas­tic com­mu­ni­ties

About Us

Ora et Lab­ora is a fam­ily busi­ness seek­ing to show­case a vari­ety of pro­duce entirely from abbeys, pri­or­ies and monas­ter­ies. On the con­ti­nent, the local monastery is often a major provider of deli­cious foods and wines to their com­mu­nity – almost like a vil­lage farm shop or del­i­catessen. Such is the qual­ity and pop­u­lar­ity of the pro­duce and gifts, they often extend their mar­ket by open­ing coop­er­a­tives in cities.


This is a new ven­ture for British con­sumers which we are sure will prove a vibrant and excit­ing expe­ri­ence for dis­cern­ing cus­tomers and those seek­ing unique gifts and arti­san pro­duce with true prove­nance. Our Monas­tic Life Exhi­bi­tion explores the rich her­itage of Bath Abbey, describ­ing daily life within the clois­ters of Bath in the Mid­dle Ages.



Learn about the skills and crafts which sus­tained the com­mu­nity – cre­ate your own Medieval Brass Rub­bing using tra­di­tional mate­ri­als.

Offer­ing a flavour of Bath’s Medieval his­tory and a deli­cious range of foods and drinks to sam­ple, not for­get­ting our exclu­sive Bath Medieval Pud­ding, Ora et Lab­ora is your oppor­tu­nity to sup­port the past and enjoy the present.


Here’s what one of our recent vis­i­tors said about us:


“As Con­fer­ence Man­ager of Bath & Wells Clergy Gath­er­ing last Novem­ber, I was look­ing for a gift for all our del­e­gates. It needed to have local con­nec­tions, sup­port com­mu­ni­ties that it worked with, con­nect with the del­e­gates and be a real treat! Quite a tall order.…”


“We were delighted when we met Jo and her team at Ora et Lab­ora — as their organ­i­sa­tion absolutely hit the nail on the head for us. Their ethics and com­mit­ment to their prod­ucts, sup­pli­ers and the tra­di­tions behind the prod­ucts where just what we were look­ing for. And the Bath Pud­ding was not only absolutely deli­cious but ticked the need for a local prod­uct.”


“The ser­vice, effi­ciency and friendly man­ner of the team was superb and we would def­i­nitely rec­om­mend Ora et Lab­ora and hope­fully we’ll use them again.”