The Ginger Pig expands empire

Butchery chain the Ginger Pig is set to open its eighth butcher’s shop in London, after securing a site in Wanstead High Street, North East London.

The company will move into the Clock House Parade following the closure of the previous butcher who was forced to close after 90 years. After a refit, the venue is set to open at the end of the summer. The refurbishment will include a seasonal shop window installed to display hanging joints, dry-aged beef ribs and other cuts throughout the year.

Tim Wilson, who founded the Ginger Pig over 21 years ago, made the decision to open a store in the location when he found out that the community would be without an independent meat supplier.

“I started farming because I bought an old farmhouse which felt sad and empty without animals, so I ended up getting a few, which then became the start of the Ginger Pig,” explained Wilson.

“Similarly, Wanstead High Street feels incomplete without a butcher’s shop and I felt a sense of responsibility to restore what was suddenly missing in Wanstead. To have a fishmonger, grocer and bakery without a butcher’s seems bonkers. It’s very important to me that the presence of the local butcher in villages, towns and even cities is preserved and encouraged, so I’m very much looking forward to opening Ginger Pig Wanstead later this year.”

Following the ethos of the other Ginger Pig shops, this new location will focus on quality fresh meat from native breed animals, reared naturally, slowly and from farms that can be trusted to enforce the highest welfare practices.

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