A new era for classic butcher’s shop

Tom Bollon and Maria Watt (front) have big plans for the F Leake shop in Market Weighton (Credit: Pocklington Post)
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A traditional butchers in Yorkshire is to be given a renewed lease of life thanks to new owners. 

Tom Bollon and his partner Maria Watt have recently purchased butcher’s shop F Leake in Market Weighton in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Proud of their locally sourced products, the couple believe that there is simply no need to look further afield for high-quality products.

“We’re going down the line of local is best,” said Bollon. “Everything that comes through the shop – whether it’s a jar of jam or a side of beef – comes from within a 50-mile radius of the shop, and that’s something that we wanted to make sure we were doing. Keep it local. Keep it Yorkshire!”

Bollon previously worked at a butcher’s shop in nearby Driffield, where he was able to gain experience of running the day-to-day meat aspects of the business. Despite this, the young butcher is thrilled to be running his own shop.

“It’s very exciting. It’s something, at 25, that I never thought I would have dreamt of doing – same for my good lady as well. If you told us at the beginning of the year that we were going to be running our own butcher’s shop, I would have laughed at you.”

Since taking over the business, the duo have made some adjustments to the business. A brand new, state-of-the-art bakery has been added that is self-contained to avoid cross-contamination.

Additionally, the team has been working closely with the health inspectors to ensure that all levels of hygiene are to a high standard.

Bollon expressed his appreciation of the backing they have received: “We would like to thank everybody for their support along the way, in the trade, and also the customers that come back to us, which is absolutely fantastic.”

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