Q Guild welcomes back Derbyshire butcher JW Mettrick & Son

JW Mettrick & Son of Glossop is the latest to join the Q Guild, an industry body representing the nation’s top independent butchers. 

First established in 1903, JW Mettrick & Son is now headed by fifth generation butchers and managing directors, brothers John and Steven Mettrick, who front a 60-strong team.

The business first became a member of the guild in 2004, although the company took a two year break to focus on the development and diversification of its operations.

“We have missed being a Q Guild member and the exchange of information between like-minded butchers at regional and national meetings,” said John.

“It is vital for the success of the independent butchery sector as a whole and I believe this is the greatest strength of the Q Guild.”

Alongside its flagship store in Glossop, Mettrick’s has two smaller butchers’ shops in Hadfield and Stalybridge.

The Glossop branch features a new in-house cutting facility, bakery and online shop. The butchers also offer an abattoir, butchery and local catering services as well as recently launching a new pet food business, Hungry Hound.

All of its meat is sourced from farms within the Peak District, Yorkshire, the North West and Midlands.

After two years as president of the National Federation of Meat & Food Traders, John recently stepped down from his position although he does continue to serve on the executive council. This year, he became a Fellow of the Institute of Meat, which honours individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to building the future of the meat industry.

“It is superb news that John Mettrick has come back into Q Guild membership,” said Q Guild manager Gordon Newlands. “Mettrick’s has long been held as a shining example of how a Q Guild Butcher should operate and we are thrilled that they have decided to rejoin. We look forward to welcoming John and the team to regional meetings.”

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