Welcome to the Award Winning
Weatherhead Butchers of Pateley Bridge & Grassington
Weatherheads Butchers is the home of the famous award winning pork pies, sausages, black pudding and so much more! We were even voted “Best Butcher of the year in the Countryside Alliance “Rural Oscars” for two years running! In 2012 awards we were awarded Best Yorkshire Butcher, but we knew we could do better and in April 2014, we were awarded UK Champion Butcher 2013. We are “right chuffed” as we say in Yorkshire!
But we are about some much more than just awards, Weatherhead Butchers is a traditional butchers shop. Our ethos and ethics date back to when local butchers bought from local farmers keeping the “food miles” as we now call it to a minimum. Whilst Weatherheads has developed as a business to keep up with customer’s requirements and demands, we still hold very close to our original food provenance ethos. All our meat is sourced from the Yorkshire region where possible. Much of it comes from local farmers and producers in Nidderdale and Wharfedale.
Weatherhead Butchers of Pateley Bridge & Grassington is very much a family business, which is being run by Andrew Weatherhead the 5th generation Weatherhead to do so. The business has been handed down from son to son over the generations. Henry who originally started the business in 1876 after serving a 5 year apprenticeship where he was paid a pound a year for his service. Originally he started selling meat through a stall in Pateley Bridge, and making deliveries with his horse and cart in the local area before opening a shop on the high street. Henry past the business to his son Harry when he passed away. Harry worked his entire life in the business eventually handing the reins over to his two sons Ted and Joe. They in turn passed the business to Ian and Brian who ran the business together, Ian is still involved in the business attending local auctions and helping Andrew the current owner when he is busy.
We are also local farmers; which is why the business was originally started, so that we could sell our own quality meat to local people.
With Andrew now at the helm of our family business we have seen it grow; as well as having a busy shop at the bottom of Pateley Bridge high street, we also supply our superb meat to many local pubs, restaurants and eateries not only in the Pateley Bridge area but the surrounding villages such as Kilnsey, Kettlewell, Grassington and towns such as Ripon and Ilkley.
Andrew has won many awards for his sausages, home dry cured bacon, blood or black pudding, beef burgers and of course our pork pies. He recently came runner up for his Poachers pie out of 1300 products.
Weatherheads took over the butchers shop in Grassington in 2014 so they could give the same family service and values to their neighbours “just over the hill”. The local produce from Nidderdale and Wharfedale compliment each other perfectly.
Our most prestigious achievement was to be awarded
Best Butchers Shop in Yorkshire at the Countryside Alliance
“Rural Oscars” Awards.
To our family the business is more than just a business it is genuinely part of the community and something we are all very passionate about.