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."
Medieval Sampling Suppers are a great way to try our cheeses, Trappist beers and mead. Book now for 6th March or 20th March £7.50 per person.
Medieval Monastery Tours - book now for exclusive half day excursions to Downside Abbey from 27th March.
Puddings by Post - try our new gift service to send a Medieval Pudding as a unique gift!