It began in 1515…

... Just six years into the reign of Henry VIII. The same year Anne of Cleeves, Henry's fourth wife, was born in Cleeves, Germany and Thomas Wolsey, archbishop of York, was made a cardinal. This was the year before the first published account of the discovery of North America appeared and 8 years before the cocoa bean was introduced to Spain...

Since then, dozens of family members have passed their butchery skills down through 25 generations, making us Britain's oldest family business.

Our current Master Butchers are Richard Balson and Brother-in-Law Rudi Boulay, who married Jane Boulay (nee Balson).

Richard and Rudi were trained by Master Butcher Donald Balson, Richard and Jane's father. He started with the firm in 1938 and always maintained that his first task was to go out into the fields to catch our horse before he could begin the day's deliveries. After 73 years service to the firm, interrupted only by service to HM Navy during the 1940s, Donald sadly passed away in 2011.

From 1880, until this day, our shop has been in West Allington, Bridport, not far from its original location and we continue to deal in the highest quality meat, poultry and game, make our own range of speciality foods, and offer an unrivalled, old fashioned service.