New Laithe Farm Butchers

New Laithe Farm Butchers was established in 2009 by Ian Hall.

Ian achieved a Chemistry degree at Leeds University before working as an industrial chemist for 12 years. Considering his quality of life, Ian decided on a career change and, after 4 years owning and running a fish and chip shop, he decided to open a butchers shop.

Ian has always been interested in quality, locally sourced food and meat and places great importance on supporting local, independent shops. So he decided to set up a local butchers shop selling quality, local meat from his brother-in laws farm.

The shop was started from scratch transforming an old office building into a fully equipped, modern butchers shop.

To help him in this venture Ian recruited the very well respected and well-known, local butcher Denis Curtin to train and advise him.

Denis had been a butcher for over 50 years and had previously owned his own butchers shop in Cross Hills.

Once established, Ian appointed an apprentice, James Uren.

James, who has lived locally in Cowling his whole life, had a successful career at South Craven School and decided on an apprenticeship route to start his career. Alongside experience gained in the shop, he has undertaken training at Leeds City College and was nominated for local young butcher of the year.

After a successful few years and with a growing customer base, Ian decided to take on yet another apprentice, Liam Daffern.

Liam, another local lad who has lived most of his life in Sutton, also attended South Craven School and chose an apprenticeship route into work. He has fit nicely into the growing team and is also gaining “on-the-job” experience whilst training at Leeds City College.

Ian’s philosophy has always been to supply quality, locally sourced produce hence his main supplier being Wades of Cononley who farm within a mile of the shop. Wades is a 400 acre farm with 200 cattle and 450 sheep and which meets the RSPCA animal welfare standards. It also meets the requirements for the farm assured FABBL scheme…

Ian’s other main supplier is Agars of Ilkley from which he sources his pork. This is farmed in North Yorkshire, near Selby.

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