Ceremonial sausages declare Brompton building open for business

An award-winning North Yorkshire butcher, famed nationwide for its pork pies, has extended its shop premises and added new features less than two years after a fire destroyed two thirds of it.

Picture by Tony Bartholomew. From left...James Glaves, Christine Noble, Brian Glaves and Anthony Glaves as they perform a sausage cutting ceremony to officially open the new Glaves' Butchers shop in Brompton-By -Sawdon near Scarborough. Christine's father was the previous owner of the well known butchers before Brian Glaves bought the business from him in 1972.

B.W. & D.J. Glaves & Sons, in Brompton, celebrated the opening of the new premises in a fitting manner yesterday, by using a link of sausages.

Christine Noble, daughter of previous owner Colin Croft, cut the sausage ‘ribbon’ and declared the building open.

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The Glaves family have become well-respected butchers, winning awards such as the world-renowned Smithfield Show. Their pork pies have been described by food writer Tom Parker Bowles as ‘sublime’.

Picture by Tony Bartholomew: Brian Glaves of well known butchers Glaves of Brompton-by-Sawdon near Scarborough photographed aged 7 with an Old English Leicester sheep owned by his father who was a leading breeder.

Despite the fire which swept through the buildings and destroyed the offices, paperwork, store rooms, chillers and abbatoir in 2013, the business has rebuilt and now expanded.

The extension provides a much larger shop for customers and a new ‘fast-track’ counter, to minimise the waiting time during the lunchtime rush.

They have also obtained have an alcohol licence, noticing a gap in the village market. James Glaves, who runs the company with brother Anthony, said: “With no pub at the moment, Brompton is now a dry village – and people do like a glass of wine or a beer with their steak”.

Future development plans include a ‘Butcher’s Corner’, where cyclists and walkers can sit and eat their pies.