Q Guild welcomes Lincolnshire butchers

Two butchers’ shops, run by Stuart Stables in south Lincolnshire, have been welcomed into the national Butchers Q Guild.

Grasmere Farm Traditional Butchers’ shops in Market Deeping and Stamford are now a part of the industry body that represents high quality butchery businesses within the nation.

The Stables family have been farming the land in the Deeping St James area in south Lincolnshire since 1969. Following a recommendation from a local butcher, Stuart Stables began making his own sausages in the early 1990s.

Continuing on from their success, Stables branched out into producing other pork products, before opening the first Grasmere Farm Traditional Butchers shop in Market Gate, Market Deeping, in 2007, followed by the second shop in Stamford High Street in 2010. A third shop opened two years ago in Westgate Arcade, Peterborough.

Pork is sourced from Hampshire-cross pigs raised outdoors on the family farm in a welfare-friendly environment, then prepared in a purpose-built butchery. At any given time, the farm keeps up to 2,500 pigs, selecting around 110 per week for its own shops and other wholesale customers.

“Whether it is pork reared on the farm or poultry, beef and lamb sourced from our trusted network of local farms, complete traceability, a real care for food values and provenance assures our customers that excellent quality and local sourcing are paramount to us.”

The butchery business has previously won awards for its sausages and traditional dry-cured bacon.

Alongside retail shops, Grasmere Farm sells products at regional weekly farmers’ markets as well as running an online shop with outside catering and hog roast hire available.

“Our retail business is now where it needs to be and we have a young, dedicated and highly skilled team of butchers,” added Stables. “We remain fully committed to developing our own talent and these are the main reasons we were keen to join the Q Guild.

“Membership will not only benefit our retail shops, but also help take our young people to the next level by being part of a mainstream national organisation of top quality butchers. We are relishing the journey – and hope to soon be winning prestigious Q Guild awards ourselves!”

Meanwhile, Q Guild manager Gordon Newlands, commented that Stables’ business was reflective of the high standard represented in other Guild butchers’ shops: “The Q Guild welcome Grasmere Farms into the Guild family. The quality of the Grasmere Farm business sits nicely with the ethos of the Guild and we warmly congratulate them and their staff at regional meetings and to participate in all the Guild social events. Well done Grasmere Farms.”

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