Northern butcher expands with farm shop and kitchen

Kitson & Sons Butchers, near Yarm, has announced 8 September as its opening date for its new Five Houses Farm Shop and Kitchen.

The multi-purpose, multi-million pound investment is seeing a Grade II listed building transformed into an on-site café and restaurant. It is the biggest investment undertaken by Kitson & Sons, which has its roots dating back to 1693.

Owner of the butcher’s, Anthony Kitson, said that the investment would help bring in new business. “It will generate up to 30 new jobs for local people and we expect to achieve annual sales in the region of £2 million,” he said.

“We will be selling a far greater and wider range of food and drink products at the new farm shop. Our aim has been to create a one-stop-shop offering of the very best seasonal produce, like our other shops locally sourced wherever possible in support of local farmers and other local producers. We are particularly keen to display and sell products from artisan producers right across the region.

“Everything will be made from scratch in Five Houses Kitchen, our new café/restaurant, using everyday produce that can be bought from the farm shop.”

An official opening ceremony will take place towards the end of September or early October where one customer will have the opportunity to become ‘a celebrity for day’.

“We want to get everything just right before we stage an official launch,” added Kitson. “Our customers are our lifeblood – some of them have been shopping with us for generations – and we will be running an easy-to-enter competition in all four of our shops, when the lucky winner will be invited to declare Five Houses Farm Shop and Kitchen well and truly open!”

The new addition to the business will add to Kitson & Sons’ three existing shops in Northallerton, Stockton-on-Tees and Hutton Rudby.

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