Q Guild welcomes Cotswolds farm shop

Jesse’s Farm Shop in Cirencester has been awarded membership into the national Butchers Q Guild. 

The farm shop now joins over 110 award-winning independent butchers across the nation. Jesse’s Farm Shop, managed by David and John Hawes, was only opened earlier this year. The new store complements the original Jesse Smith’s Shop, which was established in 1808, making it one of the country’s oldest butcher’s shops.

This new addition to the business, which includes a string of Jesse Smith and WJ Castle butcher’s shops across the Cotswolds, has a state-of-the-art meat preparation and distribution facility, production kitchen, catering department, retail shop and café.

Six generations of the Smith family have been local butchers, before the business was acquired by the Hawes family, which is in its third generation, with them leading the business.

“We are committed to providing the best in food and innovation from the Cotswolds and surrounding areas, continuing to follow our long-held philosophies of value, respect and natural farming to create outstanding flavours,” said David Hawes.

All of the store’s meat is sourced from locally reared animals.

“Our reputation has been built on our uncompromising commitment to provenance, fair trade with farmers and especially sourcing the finest-quality produce,” added Hawes. “We now collaborate with many of the best local chefs and restaurateurs.

“The new farm shop in Cirencester came about because we had outgrown our previous premises and my twin boys, David and John, having reached the age of 23, wanted to expand the business. The new shop allowed us to install the very latest equipment, including a bespoke Himalayan salt wall dry-ageing room.”

All of the business’ equipment is generated using solar power, while recycling heat from the compressors to heat the water enables it to become even greener.

“We have been members of the Q Guild for many years and meeting like-minded businesspeople is not only great fun, but also a privilege. Being members helps us move the business forward.”

As well as welcoming this new addition to its community, the Q Guild has opened its arms to a number of new branch shops of existing members.

Davidsons Specialist Butchers of Inverurie, Scotland, has seen its Dobbies Garden World shop in Lang Stracht become a member while Jon Thorner’s Butchers of Shepton Mallett in Somerset has seen two of the butchery counters it manages in farm shops recruited into the Q Guild: Farrington’s Farm Shop in Farrington Gurney and Whiterow Farm Shop in Beckington.

Meanwhile, in Lancashire, Honeywell Meats in Woodplumpton has seen two further shops at Baton Grange Farm Shop, part of Barton Grange Garden Centre in Brock, alongside Bents Garden Centre in Glazebury, Warrington, join the Q Guild.

Simpsons Butchers in Heckington, which was named Meat Trades Journal’s Butcher’s Shop of the Year, has four more new Q Guild member shops in Lincoln, Pennells Garden Centre in South Hykeham, Stamford Garden Centre and Spalding.

In Hampshire, Owton’s Butchers of Southampton has seen its Country Market at Malthouse & Osbourne Farms in Kingsley accepted as members.

“Not only do we welcome Jesse’s Farm Shop as a new member, but we are delighted that so many existing member businesses have also placed branch shops in membership,” commented Q Guild manager Gordon Newlands.

“This is a clear endorsement of the Q Guild ethos and brand. All these businesses play an active part in their respective regions and have a superb staff, which they integrate into regional meetings.

“Our national membership is growing and the Q Guild continues to go from strength to strength to strength.”

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