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.
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’.
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.