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Dales Traditional Butchers

  • Dales Traditional Butchers
  • Dales Traditional Butchers
  • Dales Traditional Butchers
I became involved in the meat industry when I started working in the local butchers (Duncan Hayes, Langho, Ribble Valley). At first it was after school and Saturdays as well as during holidays until I left school early and jumped at the chance of working full time.

I did a YTS course where I achieved ‘Butcher of the Year’ and continued training at Blackpool and Fylde College whilst still working. After college I gained some abattoir experience at Heywoods Butchers in Wiltshire as they had their own slaughter house.
I always wanted to work in an abattoir as a child as I loved the film the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and it was based on a family of slaughter men. So the opportunity of working for my local butchers was just up my street. Sadly, the abattoir part had to wait until I was 16.

My butchery experience has covered shops, market stalls, abattoirs, restaurants, boning lines and farm shops. I was asked in 1999 if I would help keep the local butchers shop open in Kirkby Lonsdale so I jumped at the opportunity. It was only a 5 year project, but I am still here 10 years later owning the business and the property.
As the shop offers Hog roasts and BBQ’s I was once asked to provide venison and chicken fajitas for 250 people. The request was to BBQ all the meat at the event slice it into strips served with salad and cheese.

It doesn’t sound anything to exciting but there were just 4 of us cooking, cutting and serving and we managed to serve everyone with food in less than one hour. We received a fantastic round of applause, I can still hear them clapping.
To be crowned the Q Guilds Supreme BBQ Champion with my lamb rumps, after only being a member of the Q Guild for 12 months (which I wish I had joined 20 years ago). It was a fantastic achievement for me, my staff and customers.
Alice Cooper, I have been a fan since I was 12 years old. I have met him on numerous occasions and been to his restaurant Cooperstown in Phoenix Arizona.

I would serve a spit roasted lamb marinated in garlic and rosemary, just like my BBQ winning Lamb Rumps. (lamb is my favourite meat).

I would host it in Draculas Castle in Romania. We are both Horror Film fans so I think this would be an ideal location.
I love spending time with my family having days out and usually that means me looking into butcher’s shop windows! Also walking my dog Nacho and watching horror movies or cult films.
Plans for next year include increasing our social media activity, further developing the website and online shop, plus increasing the number of staff.

For inspiration, meeting like-minded people and getting involved. I have learnt so much in such a short space of time that I also hope to help and inspire others as they have helped me.


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