Aubrey Allen marks 75 years in trade

Aubrey Allen recently held a celebration to mark its 75th anniversary at its Leamington Spa butchers and delicatessen.

Peter Allen, md and son of the founder Aubrey, invited a number of loyal customers to join him for the celebrations that started at 11 am with a presentation of a cake by Simon Haig, executive head chef at Mallory Court, a long standing customer of Aubrey Allen.

Customers enjoyed a glass of champagne with their cake as well as some exciting offers, including a pack of sausages for a penny in true 1930's style.

A photographic story of the beginnings of the business was on display, tracing the history of the company from when Aubrey Allen was orphaned aged 10 and found a job as a live in apprentice butcher.

He then obtained the first slaughter licence in Coventry in 1933 and built the business up to a number of retail outlets in Coventry.

His son Peter took over the shops in the late 1960's and grew the business to an award winning nationwide catering butcher. His son, Russell, a trained chef, developed the retail side to a delicatessen as well as a growing catered events business.

Peter Allen said: "All the family have been here working and it is good to remember that it continues to be a family business. Our customers have shown tremendous loyalty and I really do thank them for their warm words of support as well as the cards that they have sent to us."

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