THE WORLD’S OLDEST
CHRISTMAS PUDDING MAKER
ESTD. 1899

WE PRODUCE OVER
26 MILLION PUDDINGS
ANNUALLY

WE USE 1.3 MILLION LITRES
OF ALCOHOL EACH YEAR
IN OUR PUDDING PRODUCTION

WE SUPPLY HIGH QUALITY
CHRISTMAS PUDDINGS TO THE
MAJORITY OF THE UK MARKET

OUR PRODUCTS ARE
EXPORTED AS FAR AFIELD
AS AUSTRALIA

About Us

How did a humble Derbyshire farmer’s son become the world’s oldest Christmas pudding maker? Well, he began making a range of preserves and Christmas puddings from his mother’s special recipes back in the late 19th century.

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How did a humble Derbyshire farmer’s son become the world’s oldest Christmas pudding maker? Well, he began making a range of preserves and Christmas puddings from his mother’s special recipes back in the late 19th century.
By using traditional ingredients and cooking methods, our Christmas pudding has the same delicious flavour as it did all those years ago. Of course, the origins of Christmas pudding are hundreds of years old, discover its story by taking a journey through history...

1410

The Plum Pottage

The first references to anything like a plum pudding is to a ’Plum Pottage‘ in the early 15th century, with ’plum‘ being a generic term for dried fruits. This rich broth of beef or mutton also included breadcrumbs, spices and wine and was eaten after the fast of Advent.

1617

‘College’ Recipe

Previously, the only way to make puddings was by placing the ingredients in an animal‘s intestines and boiling. So it was a real relief for the squeamish when the Cambridge or ’College‘ pudding recipe replaced the guts with a cloth. It was convenient for even poor families as it could be boiled in a cauldron along with the meat, providing three dishes in one - broth, meat and pudding.

1647

Government Bans Puds

Oliver Cromwell‘s Puritan government bans Christmas puddings in an attempt to make the festive period a lot less festive. The rich ingredients are described as being ’unfit for God fearing people‘.

1843

A Christmas Carol

After fears that festive celebrations were on the wane, Charles Dickens classic tale ’A Christmas Carol‘ plays a major role in reinventing Christmas as a family holiday with Christmas at the very heart of the celebrations. “…the pudding, like a speckled cannon ball, so hard and firm, blazing in half of half-a-quartern of ignited brandy, and bedight with Christmas holly stick into the top”.

1860

The Sixpence

At the height of the Victorian era, the Christmas pudding becomes the firm favourite of the Christmas menu it is today. It was around this time that the tradition of placing a silver coin (usually a 3d piece or a sixpence) into the mixture was established. The person finding it would get to keep the money with the promise of wealth for the coming year.

1899

Success

Sales of our Christmas puddings were so successful that we opened a small factory in Exeter Street, Derby and the Matthew Walker story begins…

1914

Battle Weary

As Christmas approaches, battle weary British troops on the Western Front receive plum puddings from home. Spurred by the festive spirit both sides put down their weapons and call a temporary Christmas Truce.

1917

A Case Of Murder

Crime novelist Agatha Christie writes ’The Adventure of The Christmas Pudding‘ where a missing ruby that ends up in pudding at a Christmas dinner leads to murder case that Inspector Poirot must solve.

1941

Apples & Carrots

With vine fruits scarce during World War II, the currants and sultanas in Christmas puddings are replaced by apples and carrots.

1967

120 Employees

We opened our purpose built factory in Heanor, Derbyshire, where production of the Matthew Walker Christmas puddings remain to this day with 120 permanent staff.

1980

Pudding Race

The first Great Christmas Pudding Race takes place in Covent Garden, with teams skilfully balancing Matthew Walker Christmas puddings on a tray around an obstacle course to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

2005

Serving Troops

Christmas puddings are shipped to the British troops serving in Afghanistan over the yuletide period.

2007

Great Taste Award

Launch ‘Matthew Walker – The Pudding’ which goes on to win a Gold Great Taste Award from the Guild of Fine Foods.

2009

TV Advert

Matthew Walker stars alongside his good friend Father Christmas in the very first Matthew Walker Christmas pudding television commercial.

2010

Masterchef

BBC Celebrity MasterChef winner Lisa Faulkner teams up Matthew Walker to help Britons enjoy a perfect Christmas. Pudding Race Covent Garden 4 December 2010.

Products

Matthew Walker branded Christmas pudding
range for Retail and Catering.

Click on the products below to find out more
and to download the product information.

Matthew Walker Catering Puddings
Catering

Catering

Delicious Christmas Puddings perfect for any festive occasion.

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Matthew Walker Simply Puddings
Simply

Simply

A moist Christmas Pudding, with juicy sultanas and cider.

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Matthew Walker Classic Puddings
Classic

Classic

A moist Christmas Pudding, with juicy sultanas, raisins, cider and rum.

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Matthew Walker Luxury Puddings
Luxury

Luxury

A moist Christmas Pudding, with juicy vine fruits, almonds, cider and sherry.

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Matthew Walker Vintage Puddings
Vintage

Vintage

Beautifully, moist and fruity puddings combined with the finest fruits, nuts and premium alcohol.

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Matthew Walker Nut & Alcohol Free Puddings
Nut & Alcohol Free

Nut & Alcohol Free

A moist Christmas Pudding, with vine fruits, candied peel and spices.

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Matthew Walker Gluten Free Puddings
Gluten Free

Gluten Free

A moist Christmas Pudding, with juicy vine fruits, brandy, sherry and glace cherries.

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Matthew Walker Organic Puddings
Organic

Organic

A moist Christmas Pudding, with juicy vine fruits, walnuts, almonds, cider and cognac.

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Stockists

We supply Matthew Walker Branded Christmas puddings to Budgens, Costcutter, Nisa, Spar, and Today’s stores. Also available through selected Batley, Bestway, Booker, Costco, Landmark, Makro and Today’s Cash & Carry’s.

As the world’s oldest Christmas pudding maker, we supply and make unique puddings for the UK’s leading supermarket retailers.

Matthew Walker Branded Christmas puddings Stockists Logo's

Distributors

Petty Wood are our appointed distributors for the UK,
who ensure fast and reliable distribution to all our retailers.

Petty Wood

Ingredients

The original Matthew Walker Christmas Pudding is based on a traditional recipe that includes 12 core ingredients.

We select the very finest spirits, vine fruits and seasonal spices, from Cider that’s brewed in Somerset to succulent sultanas and raisins from Turkey.

The result is a beautifully moist and fruity Christmas pudding that truly captures the traditional taste of the festive season.

Turkish Sultanas

TURKISH SULTANAS

Our sultanas come from seedless grapes that are grown in the Izmir province of Turkey. Once picked they are allowed to dry naturally in the sun to preserve their sweetness and distinctive colour.

Raisins

RAISINS

Our raisins come from varieties grown in the sunny climes of California and Turkey. Once harvested they are dried naturally under the warm sunshine.

Glace Cherries

GLACÉ CHERRIES

We select the finest European cherries and use tried and tested traditional methods to glacé them, repeatedly heating the fruit in a strong syrup and leaving them to stand.

Almonds

ALMONDS

We choose the finest large almonds for our Christmas puddings. They are grown in the sunny ‘Golden State’ of California.

Candied orange & lemon peel

CANDIED ORANGE & LEMON PEEL

Fresh lemon and orange peel is candied to give a zingy citrus flavour to our traditional Christmas pudding.

Mixed Spice

MIXED SPICES

It’s a secret blend of spices that make our Christmas puddings taste like no other. We source the very best, including nutmeg and cloves from Indonesia and cinnamon from Indonesia.

Sugars

SUGAR

We blend the perfect combination of Demerara and white granulated sugar to meld with our pudding’s vine fruit to give just the right amount of sweetness.

British white flour

BRITISH WHITE FLOUR

The flour we use is expertly milled from British wheat to create the ideal mixture base for all our ingredients to combine for the perfect pudding.

Vegetarian suet

VEGETARIAN SUET

Suet has been a classic ingredient of a Christmas pudding dating from Matthew Walker’s dear old mother’s original recipes. We use a vegetarian variety, so that everyone can enjoy our Christmas puddings.

Sherry

SHERRY

We only use sherry produced in the Jerez region of Andalucía in Southern Spain. Produced using the traditional Solera system, this smooth fortified wine has a wonderfully woody dried fruit aroma.

THATCHERS CIDER

We use a special blend of premium cider from Thatchers’ farm in Somerset, using local apples and a process developed by the family from over 100 years of producing exceptional cider.

Contact Us

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