We have finally opened our new Farm Butchers in North Somercotes. About a year ago we started the long process of bringing a butchers back to North Somercotes. We converted one of our barnes into a shop, butchery and are in the process of building a bakery, which we hope to have open in the next couple of months.
We started out with a rather cluttered barn full of things left by the previous owner which we first had to empty before any building work could happen.
The first thing Iain went about building was the butchery and building the cold rooms. Iain built a stud work framed room a isolated it to keep the room warm in winter and cool in summer.
The cold rooms which would hold all the meat were bought locally. As they hadn’t been used in some time Ian had to spend quite a bit of time straightening out panels and relining the interiors with a food grade finish.
Next was lining the butchery with a plastic hygienic cladding that could be easily kept clean even with a jet wash.
The New Shop
Again we built a stud work frame and this time lined it with a combination of plasterboard the plastic cladding we used in the butchery. Once the walls, ceiling and floor was finished we ordered our new display counter as well as building a carpark out the front using crushed concrete topped with gravel.
Once all the building work was completed we got the ok from the local council who gave us a Five for Food Hygiene Rating and we opened for business.
Currently the shop is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 9am and 6pm. On Sundays we travel down to Queens Park Farmers Market in London and sell there between 10am and 2pm.