Scottish butchers’ shop finds new owners

Award-winning Davidsons Specialists Butchers in Aberdeenshire has acquired Royan’s of Elgin in Moray for an undisclosed sum. 

All seven members of staff at Royan’s, which has been trading in the town for more than 165 years, will be unaffected by the move.

“I am both delighted and honoured to have the opportunity to play a part in the next chapter of this well-established, highly respected Elgin business,” said John Davidson of Davidsons Specialist Butchers.

“The reputation of Royan’s of Elgin is very strong and I am confident that marrying the expertise and knowledge of both businesses will create an exciting dynamic as we look to the future.”

Royan’s of Elgin was set up by local farmer’s son James Fraser in 1850 and has been run by the Royan family since 1905 after Robert Royan inherited the business by his employer and mentor Fraser.

The butcher’s shop has since been operated by Jim Royan since the 1970s. He was joined by his wife Jean in 2005 and to mark its 160th anniversary, the store went under a significant refurbishment in 2010. The Royans are now planning on retiring and pursuing other interests.

“I have known John Davidson for a number of years and watched him develop his business to the highest level,” commented Jim Royan.

“Scottish Butcher’s Shop of the Year four times and the accolade of UK Butcher’s Shop of the Year in 2011 is quite a record. It seemed a natural fit to encourage him to look to Elgin as he continues to be recognised as an outstanding example of the importance of the craft butcher.

“We are extremely pleased that following very amicable and productive discussions, John has chosen Elgin and Royan’s as the focus for the continuing development of his business. Acquiring Scotland’s oldest butcher’s business will allow customers old and new to continue to enjoy one of Scotland’s finest ‘meating places’.”

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