Our beef is reared on our farm by Phil Winterton and farm worker, Adam between Wanlip, Cossington and Rothley. We breed and graze English Longhorn cattle and we also graze Welsh Black cattle from North Wales.
The Winterton’s have been breeding English Longhorn’s for many years now, favouring them for their docility, longevity and easy nature.
Longhorns have been bred in Leicestershire since the 1700’s and the breed as we know it now was developed by Robert Bakewell in Loughborough. It was also known as the “New Leicester’ breed.
Longhorns have an excellent reputation for their great tasting meat. Longhorn beef is deliciously moist and full of flavour with a consistent tenderness and firm texture.
Just like his father Michael, Phil makes regular trips to North Wales where he carefully selects Welsh Black cattle at Welsh markets from his trusted and preferred suppliers in order to supplement his herd of English Longhorns. Welsh Blacks are one of the oldest breeds of cattle in the world. They are renowned for their characterful and well-developed flavour and tender meat.
Our cattle are all grass fed and reared to the very highest standards. Our highly skilled team of butchers dry age the beef in store for a minimum of 28 days which further improves the tenderness and flavour.
We source most of our lamb from Wendy Pickard, who has a farm in Queniborough. The Winterton family have known the Pickard’s for many years, who are renowned in the area for their excellent standards of animal rearing. They have won many awards over the years for their sheep at Farm Shows, including Melton Mowbray Fatstock Show.
Wendy rears Texel Cross lambs, which are all outdoor bred on grass land. The Texel breed is a Dutch breed of sheep which is known for its leanness and delicious flavour.
Texel Cross lamb from Queniborough is available most of the year but due to the grazing land and breeding season, there are a few months at the beginning of the year, when they are not available. During this time, we source our lamb from Derbyshire via our trusted supplier, Elliott’s. Our butchers will always be able to tell you where our lamb is currently sourced from.
We source our pork via our trusted supplier, Elliot’s from Woodside Farm in the Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire.
The pigs are outdoor bred and reared to high animal welfare standards, ensuring delicious flavour and quality pork.
Our wild venison is sourced from a private parkland in Charnwood Forest with less than 10 food miles. The deer is either red or sika and they live on grass for their entire lives with virtually no interference from humans, which is reflective in the delicious, rich flavour of their meat.
Venison has a high source of protein and iron and low saturated fat content compared to other meats, making it an excellent, healthy choice.
Venison is a seasonal product, due to the mating season and is generally only available between September and April. Our wild venison is always in high demand and therefore, it is only available in store and cannot be purchased via our online shop. Please pop into the shop or call us to check availability, if you are interested in purchasing some.
Our poultry is all British from our local supplier, delivered fresh to our store daily. We sell free range and barn reared chicken, available whole or cut and prepared to your requirements.
We also sell duck, geese, pheasant and other game birds. These are subject to availability so please pop into the shop or call us so that we can advise you of what we have in stock. We can also place orders with our suppliers if you let us know in advance.
At Christmas, we source our free range and barn reared turkeys from two local farms, Kirk’s in Barkby and Chantrell’s in Enderby.
We have a fabulous deli counter, selling a wide range of cooked hams and meats, all freshly prepared and cooked in store by our deli team.
You will also find a delicious range of our handmade pies, made by our team to our own delicious recipes, using our own beef and other locally sourced meats.
Alongside these, we have a lovely range of locally produced samosas, onion bhajis, pasties and tarts.
We have an excellent choice of carefully selected British cheeses, many of which are whole and portioned in store. Our range of cheeses include Cropwell Bishop Stilton, Lincolnshire Poacher, Baron Bigod Brie and Cornish Yarg. We sell a great selection of charcuterie from Norfolk based producer, Marsh Pig, available from our self-serve counter.
Alongside our butchery and deli, we also sell a wide range of other products, including bread, cakes and pastries from the renowned Hambleton Bakery, which is freshly baked and delivered every morning. All their products can be ordered for collection in advance, with 48 hours minimum notice required. Please order online, send us an email or place an order with one of our team, in store.
As well as Hambleton Bakery, we also sell the ever-popular Julia’s cobs, which are perfect for breakfast and lunch.
We stock a range of fresh and seasonal vegetables from our supplier in Leicester, helping you to plan and create your meal in one place, without the need to head to the supermarket afterwards!
At the front of the shop, we have a large area dedicated to all sorts of carefully sourced pantry items. We have a fantastic range of condiments, sauces, stuffing’s and rubs to complement your recipes, from Stokes, The Sauce Shop, Potts and Angus & Oink.
To create your perfect cheeseboard, we have all you need, from Driver’s chutneys and pickles to Millers savoury biscuits.
We have a lovely selection of sweet biscuits from Farmhouse Biscuits and The Original Biscuit Company and if you have a sweet tooth, then you will also love our range of jams and marmalades from Thursday Cottage, not forgetting the local honey from our Wymeswold!
We are stockists of Wessex Mill flour, which is an excellent quality for bread making. We are always updating our pantry range with produce from new and local suppliers.