Abattoir Guide

Good Abattoir Guide

There are about 150 abattoirs in England, Wales and Scotland who do pigs. Some only slaughter for the big processors, and some are run by private institutes, but the remainder will process what are called “private kills” – that is the slaughter of pigs for individuals who usually have the carcass or in some cases the butchered pigs for their own consumption, that of their friends, and in some cases to sell to the public in farm shops, markets etc.

All abattoirs are overseen by the State Veterinary Service who are responsible for ensuring the welfare of animals prior to slaughter, and the Meat Hygiene Service, who are responsible for ensuring that the meat is fit for public consumption.

However many smallholders and small farmers want to ensure the highest standards of care for their animals at the abattoir, and want to know that

  • their pigs have been well treated both during unloading, and in the pens prior to slaughter
  • that they are slaughtered with care, quickly and humanely
  • that the abattoir will handle their pig carcass throughout the process to ensure the best quality meat, and ensure its traceability
  • that where the abattoir also butcher the pig, it is cut up to the customers specification, and butchered and presented professionally
  • that the abattoir is friendly to smallholders, easy to deal with, reliable, and all the other things that you want

Now the best people to tell you which abattoirs are good are those who currently use them, so this guide came as a response to those wanting to know how “smallholder friendly” their abattoir was.

This guide is collated from the views of smallholders across several internet forums, and from reviews sent directly to us, and currently covers 87 abattoirs. It is therefore by its nature subjective, and should be treated as such.

This guide was last updated the 20th January, and currently only covers pigs (we may expand it later).

We hope that this will be useful for people seeking pig abattoirs near them.

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The list is in COUNTY, TOWN, NAME order
Aberdeenshire , Bedfordshire , Bristol , Caerphilly , Cambridgeshire , Ceredigion , Cheshire , Cornwall , Cumbria , Derbyshire , Devon , Dorset , Dumfries & Galloway , Durham , East Sussex , East Yorkshire , Essex , Gloucestershire ,Gwynedd , Hampshire , Herefordshire , Highland , Kent , Lancashire , Leicestershire , Lincolnshire , Mid Glamorgan , Monmouthshire , Moray ,Norfolk , North Ayrshire , North Lanarkshire , North Yorkshire , Northumberland , Nottinghamshire , Oxfordshire , Perthshire , Powys , Shropshire , Somerset , South Yorkshire , Staffordshire , Suffolk , Swansea , Suffolk , Warwickshire , West Sussex , West Yorkshire , Wiltshire , Wrexham

AberdeenshireInverurieScotch Premier Meat Ltd.

No. reviews 1
Comments
Have stopped doing private kills

Address: North Street,Inverurie,Aberdennshire,AB51 4TL
Tel No: 01467 620631
Website : www.goanm.co.uk/spm

BedfordshireBedfordEvans & Son

No. reviews 5
Comments
– 1/10 -not recommend
– Have received back wrong head, had inconsistent pricing, and unpleasant when queried, wound not recommend
+They have always been friendly and helpful, will kill and cut or just kill.
– They have an extremely poor level of customer service.

Address: Walnut Tree Farm, Upper Shelton, Marston Moreteyne, Bedfordshire, MK43 0LT
Tel No: 01234 768227
Website : www.evansbutchers.co.uk/

BristolBristolBakers of Nailsea

No. reviews 2
Comments
+ They are absouletly brilliant. Offer butchery if needed and I would never take any animal anywhere else, they are kind, considerate and as strange as this may seem it’s a lovely place.
+Very good, good prices and the once you get to know the chaps there they are all nice people

Address: North Street, Nailsea, North Somerset
Tel No: 01275 852017
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CaerphillyCaerphillyD T Harvard

No. reviews 1
Comments
Small abattoir with a very personal service. Dai butchers brilliantly, not like some abattoirs. Will cut exactly what you want. Very happy to take my pigs there. Have watched them being stunned and stuck and have no complaints.

Address: The Abattoir, Black Brook Rd, Caerphilly, Mid Glamorgan CF83 1NF
Tel No: 029 20885430
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CambridgeshireKimboltonH J Hellet

No. reviews 2
Comments
+ would recommend
+They have made a real good job and we are well pleased.

Address: London Road, Kimbolton PE28 0HL
Tel No: 01480 860242
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CambridgeshireRoystonC A Leech

No. reviews 5
Comments
+Very small setup and friendly, helpful people. Recommended.
+Couldn’t praise them too highly! staff are excellent with the animals! The meat came well butchered and nicely packaged at very reasonable prices. we give them a big fat 10/10
+excellent abattoir. Very small scale, pigs do not get stressed and handled very well. We get meat butchered there and this too is excellent, especially the butchers special sausages!
+fantastic and we strongly recommend them in terms of animal welfare and butchery skills, the sweet chilli sausage mix is the best I’ve ever tasted
+are excellent in every aspect – from unloading the pigs to being helpful with cutting requirements (and since we make charcuterie we have quite a few unusual cuts). I watched one of the pigs being killed and was really impressed. I wouldn’t sent my pigs anywhere else. Book your animals in early as Leech’s are very busy (few months beforehand).

Address: 1 Station Road, Melborn, Royston, Cambridge SG 8 6DX
Tel No: 01763 260255
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CambridgeshireWisbechN V Gagen

No. reviews 5
Comments
+ book well in advance
-Not comfortable with the stock management
-All the slaughtermen are very rough and impatient with the animals. I have witnessed pigs being kicked and beaten with pig boards when they are confused about where they are supposed to be going. The metal gates are used as implements to slam against a pig which is being obstinate and the edges of pig boards are brought down in a chopping motion on their backs and faces if they don’t move fast enough.

Address: 4 Kirkgate Street,Wisbech, Cambridgeshire PE13 3QR
Tel No: 01945 582418
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CeredigionTregaronCig Oen Caron

No. reviews 5
Comments
+ Always helpful, very small, and they do cut. 10/10 (apart from the Ministry Vet who insists on Trichinella tests on nearly every pig I take), but they are near capacity so if you want your meat cut, you have to book well in advance.
+ stress free unloading and treatment of my pigs, small,local, pleasant to deal with
+ how helpful and friendly they were, extremely well priced, I’d give them 5 stars. They get awfully busy, so need to book ahead esp if butchering/sausages etc required.
+They do pigs on a Wednesday, agree how helpful they are.

Address: Rhyd Y Gwreiddyn, Tregaron, Dyfed, SY25 6JL
Tel No: 01974 298964
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CheshireHaslingtonNewtons

No. reviews 1
Comments
+small family abattoir close to M6 Crewe & M6 Sandbach – very good service lown of trailer if needed & can deliver on sunday afternoons cuts meat to how its required very good price for service

Address: Crewe Road, Hasslington, Crewe, CW1 5RQ
Tel No: 01270 581646
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CheshireKnutsfordE & T Jackson

No. reviews 1
Comments
+ they are a large abattoir, are efficient and are very handy for the motorway(m56).

Address: Old Hall Lane, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 0HU

Tel No: 01565 633245
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CornwallPenrynR J Trevarthen

No. reviews 1
Comments
+ 9/10 (I’d give 10 but I think their sausage making is a bit expensive!) Its a family run concern that has expanded in the last couple of years given the popularity of private kills Pigs taken on Monday and Wednesdays
Everyone was very helpful – no hullaballoo, and we weren’t hurried at any point.
They have a full butchery service – the butcher operates on site and you can ask for any variation of cuts you want – the butcher Peter was very helpful for us as a couple of Newbies. They will also cure meat

Address: Roskrow Abattoir,Roskrow, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9AP
Tel No: 01326 377081
Website : www.foodfromcornwall.co.uk/producers/r-j-trevarthen/194

CornwallSaltashTideford Abattoir

No. reviews 2
Comments
+Excellent small abattoir, we have only used them once but they seem to treat the animals well, and they offer lairage. They do cutting, the meat isn’t vac packed or labelled by weight but they do a tidy job of it and it’s relatively cheap. The butcher was very helpful and talked us through the cutting plan and the slaughterman was also very helpful. They kill pigs on Mondays
+I go the extra mile to take my pigs here as they get treated well and are not stressed. Also very pleased with the butchery and the staff give plenty of helpful advice. Highly recommended.

Address: The Quay, Tideford, Saltash, Cornwall PL12 5NA
Tel No: 01752 851574
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CornwallWhitstoneCornish Farmshouse Bacon Company

No. reviews 2
Comments
+Small abattoir that butcher and slaughter at a reasonable price, very popular with local people they only slaughter two days a week as they have their own to slaughter. The staff are helpful and all the joints come with weight and description on the packages, they ask your requirements about how you want the cuts and how much sausage you want etc all in all a good clean friendly experience.
-have a nice setup but it is marred by their cavalier approach to their handling of animals, so when it goes wrong it is not corrected very quickly. But they do have a good butchery service.

Address: West Balsdon Farm, Whitstone, Holsworthy, EX22 6LE
Tel No: 01288 341171
Website : www.cornishfarmhousebacon.com

CumbriaGrange Over SandsH C Airey

No. reviews 1
Comments
+ would recommend

Address: 13 Market Street, Flookburgh, Grange-Over-Sands, Cumbria, LA11 7JU

Tel No: 015395 58230
Website :

CumbriaWiggonbyBlack Brow

No. reviews 2
Comments
+They tick all your boxes but I cannot speak for them on the butchery front as we always have our animals butchered by our local butcher
-We have used Black Brow in Cumbria once on our butchers recommendation but never will again. Our pigs were rushed and manhandled, the man at the other end was rude and in too much of a hurry, twisted our pigs tails to hurry them along and we were left feeling wretched! I raised the pigs as part of the family and they were treated with love and respect – their last experience of humans was not what we had hoped for.

Address: Black Brow, Wiggonby, Wigton, Cumbria, CA7 0JT
Tel No: 01228 711190
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DerbyshireChesterfieldR B Elliott & Son

No. reviews 1
Comments
+The lairage was clean, dry, light, airy but not drafty. The staff were happy for us to browse around the other animals. It all seemed calm and friendly.

Address: Chesterfield Road, Chesterfield, S44 5UN
Tel No: 01246270425

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DerbyshireGlossopJ W Mettrick

No. reviews 2
Comments
+ really nice and helpful
been going there for the last twenty five years ,they always do a good job always helpful

Address: 20 High Street, Glossop, SK13 8BH
Tel No: 01457 852545
Website : www.mettricksbutchers.co.uk/pages.php?pID=47

DerbyshireSwadlincoteG Collier

No. reviews 1
Comments
They were great, could only kill as short staffed but very helpful and efficient, were good with pigs and me as a newbie.

Address: 57 High Street, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE11 8JA
Tel No: 01283 217291
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DevonAshburtonTom Lang

No. reviews 1
Comments
Everything quiet and orderly, no shouting or sounds of animals distressed. Very professional staff who I’ve always found to be very patient. They are also butchers who will cut to your requirements and do your bacon as well.

Address: Gages Farm, Buckfastleigh Road, TQ13 7JW
Tel No: 01364 654252
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DevonHolsworthyJ & J Farmers

No. reviews 3
Comments
+ Always been really good so 9/10 (they lose one for the long bumpy lane to get there!). They have a cutting room too.
+ small operation with on site butcher- always treat the animals with care and even tenderness- the old boy who unloaded our pigs last year was fabulous- “come on my beauties” in the gentlest devon voice. long long long bumpy lane is a hassle but otherwise couldn’t recommend it highly enough if you care about how your animals are slaughtered
+They try very hard to be as humane as possible and are proud of their skill, and rightly so. I am with my pigs right through the whole process and they give time and consideration to every animal

Address: Haydon North Tamerton, Holsworthy, Devon EX22 6RL
Tel No: 01409 271248
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DevonIlfracombeCombe Martin Meats

No. reviews 2
Comments
+ Excellent service, small family run and very little waiting around for the animals. Pigs (including breeding sows and cull boars), sheep, goats, cattle and OTM cattle. Also does organic. excellent cutting and packing service whether for your own freezer or for sale at farmers markets etc.
All in all a good experience and left me reasonably happy. The lady in the office was very patient with me and coped well with my ignorance!9/10

Address: The Abattoir Rectory Road Combe Martin, Ilfracombe, Devon EX34 0NS
Tel No: 01271 882931
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DevonOttery St.MaryEast Hill Pride

No. reviews 1
Comments
Excellent small abattoir, we have only used them once but they seem to treat the animals well, they do cutting and vac packing, which looks very professional. The butcher was very helpful and happy to talk us through the cutting plan. They kill pigs on Mondays

Address: Higher Rill Farm, East Hill, Ottery St Mary, Devon, EX11 1QQ
Tel No:
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DorsetSherbourneC & S Meats

No. reviews 6
Comments
+ Used them for several years for pigs, cows and sheep. They have a butchery attached and I cannot recommend them too highly. Small, friendly and very helpful. Slow & relaxed, but kindly & helpful
+ they take in on sunday afternoon which is some times of use to folk that work
+all the slaughterhouse guys are top-notch. Very well-geared up for and accommodating to smallholders (banter notwithstanding), and with only a little more grumbling will give you back the blood, intestines, caul fat etc. The best slaughterhouse I have ever used.
+Always very patient with ladies who have to back trailers, no sniggering that I could tell! Never hurried to get animals off trailer and into pens. Gold stars!

Address: Hugh Lane, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 6ZX

Tel No: 01963 210764
Website : www.candsmeatssherborne.co.uk/

Dumfries & GallowayLockerbieLockerbie Abattoir

No. reviews 1
Comments
Service was good; short waiting times. Attached to butchers shop round the corner, so you can get the butchering done as well.

Address: Old Slaughterhouse, Mainsmeadow, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire DG11 2DE
Tel No: 01576 202746
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DurhamBishop AucklandF. Simpson & Son

No. reviews 3
Comments
+Hugely impressed every time.Small abattoir with a butchers shop at the front. All staff we have dealt with have been great with our pigs – very calm and treating them with respect, no rough handling at all. They are slaughtered first (starting at 8am) so no long stressful wait for them. Susan, who runs the office, has also been very gentle with us! Their butchery service has been excellent – discuss your requirements with Joe (Simpson) or one of his team – will package however you want (bagged, vac pack, film covered trays etc.
+Very friendly and helpful owners , they are great with the pigs and the butchering/packing of the meat was second to none !
would definately reccomend them and will always use in the future
+They are very helpful and friendly people which was reassuring for my first time taking pigs to slaughter. The meat was returned in a number of clear plastic sacks with the various cuts nicely vacuum packed and labelled. Great value for money!

Address: The Croft, Cockfield, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL13 5AA
Tel No: 01388 718264
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DurhamBishop AucklandThompsons

No. reviews 1
Comments
+Although they where good at handling the pigs I didn’t think the butchering was that good and they don’t wrap the meat, it is all in a sealed box but they do only charge £26 for killing and cutting

Address: Marshall Green Abattoir, Witton-Le-Wear, Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham DL14 0AQ
Tel No: 01388 488202
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DurhamSpennymoorJ A Jewitt Meat

No. reviews 2
Comments
+Good/OK but we’d have loved to have had them slaughtered at a smaller place
Large abattoir more geared up for a more commercial scale. Have used them 2-3 times and very poor booking in procedure (honk your horn when arrive and someone will come out). One visit spent 30 mins with pigs in trailer in hot weather so stressful for them.

Address: Low House, Middlestone Moor, Spennymoor, Co Durham, DL16 7QD
Tel No: 01388 814918
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East SussexHeathfieldTottingworth Farms

No. reviews 4
Comments
+ We have used them for many years for slaughtering and since they put in the on site butchery, I use them for cutting; both lambs and pigs. I give them a big fat 9 out of 10 !
Good service, happy to recommend

Address: Little Tottingworth Farm, Broad Oak, Nr Heathfield, East Sussex TN21 8TH
Tel No: 01435 862425
Website : www.tottingworth.co.uk

East YorkshireBubwithJ A Mounfield

No. reviews 4
Comments
+have always done me well and would be my preferred option of the four different ones I have used in the past. Pigs, sheep, goats & cattle, killed and cut on site, no packing/processing, good lairage and a long established family business.
+very good small slaughter house. I am happy my stock get the best possible care whilst with them
– Very disappointed will not use again. My first experience in keeping pigs last year I got laughed at when I arrived because the pigs were too fat (which they were), then I was condescended to for not knowing the names of joints and exactly how I wanted it cut (I had wanted some advice), and then I got charged over £100 for the 2 pigs just to have basic joints cut and they told me they can’t let us have the blood for black pudding, no explanation as to why not.

Address: Staithe Street, SELBY, North Yorkshire, YO8 6LS
Tel No: 01757 288339
Website :

East YorkshireDriffieldJames White Butchers

No. reviews 1
Comments
+10/10 – Small family run abattoir/butcher that only slaughter on Mondays. I can’t speak highly enough of them.

Address: 65 Main Street, Hutton Cranswick, Driffield, East Yorkshire, YO25 9QN
Tel No: 01377 270 243
Website : www.jameswhitebutchers.co.uk/

East YorkshireGooleRichard of Howden Ltd

No. reviews 3
Comments
+First class service from this small abattoir. Prices are broken down so you see what you are paying for. Cutting list was followed (so my customers were happy)
+Welfare friendly, can book a time slot to minimise waiting, only kill on a Monday, will butcher meat and make sausages – which are very tasty. Happy to show you the carcass and for it to hang if appropriate. Reasonable price.
+I found the staff extremely helpful and friendly. I was taken through the various options of how I could have the pigs butchered. I did not feel pressurised or rushed and found the owner to be a really nice guy. On collection, the pigs had been done exactly as requested and were presented beautifully. The legs were tunnel boned to perfection. I will definitely use Richards again as I was very impressed.

Address: The Abattoir , Bridge Street, Goole, East Yorkshire, DN14 5SR

Tel No: 01405 765306
Website : www.richardofhowden.co.uk/

EssexBurnham on CrouchFowler Bros

No. reviews 1
Comments
I have found them to be very good. They are a small family firm, very friendly and welcoming, especially for little people like me who only take 2 or 3 pigs or lambs in at a time. there is also a butcher shp in site The Secret Butchers Shop who I can also recommend

Address: Brook Farm, Marsh Rd, Burnham-On-Crouch, Essex CM0 8NA

Tel No: 01621 782877

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EssexChelmsfordC Humphreys

No. reviews 1
Comments
It’s a large slaughterhouse but with me always puts my animals through first. The staff don’t change and the handler is very humane (but that may be because my eagle eye is on him)

Address: Blixes Farm, Ranks Green, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 2BH
Tel No: 01245 361214
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GwyneddAngleseyE T Jones

No. reviews 2
Comments
The abatoir doesn’t like to do coloured pigs, and they don’t like them very big either.

Address: Lamia, Church Street, Bodedern, Anglesey, LL65 3TU
Tel No: 01407 740 257
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HampshireBasingstokeLaverstoke Abattoir

No. reviews 2
Comments
+ 10/10 for animal welfare, 3/10 for administration (but that’s a lot better than the other way round). Their cutting is not cheap (up to £0.95 per kg) but it’s good and everything comes vac packed, weighed, labelled, bar coded etc. They also do organic, I strongly recommend the place.
+ The abattoir is Freedom Foods and Soil Association approved, the animals are all handled in a quiet manner, the lairage is monitored by CCTV and music is played to assist in calming the stock in the lairage. In three years of weekly deliveries, I have had no unpleasant incidents.

Address: 0
Tel No: 01256 772828
Website : www.laverstokepark.co.uk/home

HerefordshireLeintwardineA H Griffiths

No. reviews 7
Comments
+ A very small abattoir with a smashing butcher’s shop. sausages they do for us are marvelous ,but always need to ask for offal
+They very kindly let us observe for a day. The pigs were treated really well, it was well organised and they didn’t have to wait for long. All very gently led through to the stunning room. The slaughter was well done and properly managed for all the pigs. Staff there were excellent and really good MHS inspectors and vet.
-My lovely rare breed pig’s meat was full of blood-splash (indicating a prolonged or ineffective slaughter),was costly, and the meat is returned en masse rather than individually wrapped
+Big thumbs up, animals treated with respect nice, small nothing too much trouble, even phoned to check the rather vague cutting list – definately use again and highly reccomend.

Address: High Street, Leintwardine, Shropshire, SY7 0LB
Tel No: 01547 540231
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HerefordshireWeobleyR E Williams

No. reviews 1
Comments
– Closed !

Address: 0
Tel No: 0
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HighlandDingwallJohn M Munro

No. reviews 2
Comments
+ I use Dingwall regularly now. I found they were sensitve to me & my pigs, and practical, they were quick with the paperwork so there’s no need to hang about.
+We used Dingwall and found the facilities and handling to be good

Address: West End, Dingwall Ross-shire IV15 9QF
Tel No: 01349 862158
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HighlandGranton on SpeyR Miller Ltd.

No. reviews 8
Comments
+ I was impressed by them. Very friendly and helpful and very quiet and calm (tho I guess having to take the hoggets there for 7am helped with the quiet bit!). They specialise in private kills. Great outfit. Pigs Thursday.
+They have made a real good job and we are well pleased.
+So far I’ve found Millers to be very easy to deal with and helpful. They no longer do butchery, but are happy to recommend local butchers.
+They were taken on a private day and according to our butcher friend who took them all was very calm and without hassle.
+really good service; kind, calm and very helpfull. We could not be more pleased.
+Easy to find, very friendly and the office staff are helpful and welcoming. I was pleased that the ramp and gates were the right size for my small trailer which isn’t always the case at some places. The man let the pig take her own time to exit the trailer so it all went smoothly and with no stress for her. Downside was there isn’t a great deal of space to turn around back there so I had to unhook the trailer to turn round – a skilled driver would have managed it though.
+The carcase was very nicely split right down the centre of the spine, expertly done and probably the best I’ve ever had back. Cutting chops is a nightmare if they wander off-centre. I got my own offal back as well as everything else I had asked for. I will be using them again and was very pleased.
+ really good service; kind, calm and very helpfull. We could not be more pleased.

Address: Strathspey Industrial Estate, GRANTOWN ON SPEY, Morayshire, PH26 3NB
Tel No: 01479 872520
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KentCanterburyJR Farmmeats

No. reviews 1
Comments
+ Good abbatoir

Address: Ratling Court, Ratling Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT3 3HN
Tel No: 01304 842928
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KentCharingAnglo Dutch Meats

HAS GONE INTO ADMINISTRATION  – I’m waiting to hear if someone is going to take them over !

Address: The Abattoir , Ashford Road, Charing, Ashford, Kent, TN27 0JL
Tel No: 0843 262 4647
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KentSouthboroughForge Farms

No. reviews 2
Comments
+ Good
– Not very friendly staff

Address: Powder Mill Lane, Southborough, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN4 9EG
Tel No: 01892 538768
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LancashirePrestonWilliam Taylor & Son

No. reviews 2
Comments
+I can recommend most highly, they have an excellent collection service which costs an unbelievably cheap £20, this is very convenient, if i don’t have time to go there myself.
+Family run firm, good to deal with, small throughput, look after the animals and will cut to your specification. Good price too.

Address: 336-340, Station Rd, Bamber Bridge, Preston, Lancashire PR5 6EH

Tel No: 01772 330831

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LancashireStacksteadsJames Law

No. reviews 1
Comments
0

Address: 222 Newchurch Road, Farholme Lane, Bacup, OL13 0TS
Tel No: 01706 874 660
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KentTonbridgeKen Ballard

No. reviews 1
Comments
+ Small Abattoir, entrance between shop and next door, so need to be able to reverse trailer

Address: West End, Marden, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 9HZ
Tel No: 01622 831285
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LeicestershireLutterworthJoseph Morris

No. reviews 3
Comments
+Small abbattoir attached to a local butcher’s firm in S. Leics. village. They deal in small numbers so identification and return of carcases is not a problem. They are always polite and helpful. They cut and bag my meat, are prepared to give advice and charge £38 for cut and kill with sausages extra at 70p a lb.
+Animals are calmly handled – stress free. They are always happy to take my two or three pigs or sheep and make you feel a valued customer. Butchery is good with any amount of advice given. I thoroughly recommend them.
-They are helpful and good with animals BUT I have had problems with the quality of workmanship in butchery. You pay for kill and cut and sometimes it can be ‘cut’ rather than proper butchery. I would say the work is not sufficiently supervised.

Address: Walcote Road, South Kilworth, Lutterworth, Leics,LE17 6EG
Tel No: 01858 575210
Website : www.joseph-morris.co.uk/

LeicestershireSix HillsLeicestershire Quality Meats

No. reviews 0
Comments
This abattoir has closed

Address: Melton Road, Six Hills, Leicestershire LE14 3PR
Tel No: 01509 881583
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LincolnshireBostonA Wright

No. reviews 2
Comments
+ Very good. They helped me fill in the paperwork and allowed me to see anything I wanted. The staff were kind to the pigs and I didn’t see a stick or anything other than a pig board for guidance. The guy there helped me to unload the pigs and then I stayed with them inside in the pen. I wasn’t made to feel in the way.
+A good friendly family run business. Again respectful of the animals plenty of time available should it be needed in a stress free environment.Help and friendly advice available with paperwork along with the option to watch the slaughter process if you so wish.
-Whilst they slaughter, they no longer butcher pigs.

Address: Nursery Rd Industrial Estate, Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 7TN
Tel No: 01205 368032
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LincolnshireGranthamLincolnshire Meat

No. reviews 1
Comments
+Very tight yard but friendly enough staff. They do not butcher. Lairage is built on a curve so animals coming out naturally follow the passage to their doom

Address: The Abattoir, Dysart Rd, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG31 7DA
Tel No: 01476 578 121
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LincolnshireLincolnL Brown & Sons

No. reviews 2
Comments
+small family run abattoir very helpful and treat our pigs kindly
+They were very helpful to me (as a first timer) and very kind to the pigs. Managed to fit me in as a late booking. Talked me through all the paperwork. A little bit pricy compared to the other’s around and they do not butcher.

Address: City Abattoir, Crofton Rd, Lincoln LN3 4NL
Tel No: 01522 522 226
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Mid GlamorganMaestegMaddock & Kembury

No. reviews 2
Comments
+ Excellent place we send all our private kill pigs there and lambs. Family run, very helpful and always accomodating, top quality service. Make excellent sausages to. Family-run business with their own butcher’s shop on site.
+You can speak directly to the butchers – but be warned, the older one can be a bit miserable and short with you! A very good abattoir as far as slaughter is concerned. I wouldn’t choose them for butchering and their sausages are really bland.

Address: THE OLD ABATTOIR, REAR OF BRIDGEND ROAD, GARTH,CF34 0AJ,Maesteg,Mid Glamorgan

Tel No: 01656 739073
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MonmouthshireRaglanN S James

No. reviews 3
Comments
+ Despite the ramshackle buildings packed into a tight space, the staff and Neil James himself could not have worked harder to ensure my 6 Tamworth porkers were despatched and returned to my specification. Neil gave me personal advice on pricing, quality of the meat and future options for cuts and sausage mixes and packaging. He labels each joint individually (loin, leg, shoulder etc) and it helps having his Rare Breeds logo on the meat. Sausages done to his standard mix were pretty good.
+Would Recommend
– Found them curt and didn’t get the livers, kidneys & trotters back.

Address: Crown Square,Raglan NP15 2EB,Monmouthshire
Tel No: 01291 690675
Website : www.nsjames.co.uk

MorayElginDunbia formerly Rhinds of Elgin

No. reviews 1
Comments
+I’ve always found them very clean and welfare conscious but they have become very pricey more recently.

Address: 9 Linkwood Place, Elgin, Morayshire, IV30 1HZ
Tel No: 01343 545861
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NorfolkKings lynnJ E Howard

No. reviews 3
Comments
+ good but book well in advance
+ Excellent for the smallholder. Pigs are straight in and straight out, no stress. Also a good butcher, very helpful to us newbys.

Address: Howard Butchers, Lynn Road, Gayton, PE32 1QJ

Tel No: 01553 636234
Website :

NorfolkNorwichH G Blake

No. reviews 1
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+friendly and helpful, went through everything with me,they deliver/collect to 2 butchers, the same vet 4 years on,the vet checks every animal that is unloaded.I have phoned them countless times with questions and each time they are very helpful.

Address: Bull Farm Abattoir, Reepham Road, Felthorpe, Norfolk. NR10 4DU
Tel No: 01603 262525
Website : hgblakeltd.co.uk/default.aspx

North AyrshireArdrossanJohn Robertson & Sons

No. reviews 2
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+Used for 20 years – always excellent. Only take pigs to 110KG
-Ardrossan abbatoir have rasied their pig-slaughter charges from £30 to £48

Address: Inches Rd, Ardrossan, Ayrshire, KA22 8DW
Tel No: 01294 463936
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North LanarkshireShottsJames chapman

No. reviews 4
Comments
+Where you take them in looks rather horrible – in fact totally grim – but the guys themselves are good with the animals and we have had no complaints of them at all.
+Shotts are really good, I normally use them. The staff are all really good and we’ve not had any bad or even slightly off putting experiences there. If you want them to do the cutting & packing, phone William in the Chapman’s shop in Wishaw. The abattoir will deliver the carcass to him, he’ll cut, pack & label for 70p per kilo including sausages (if you want bacon & ham it’s £1.40 a kilo)
+can recommend, used them for the first time, also used Chapmans butchers for cutting up – nicely done, only issue is that they still skinned the pigs
+Staff very helpful,and the lairage areas seemed very good. Two big “buts” though: first, while we were unloading the last lot of pigs we took up there, a stream of blood or heavily bloodstained water was running down the gutter alongside where we were leading the pigs. The pigs didn’t seem to mind, but it wasn’t very nice. Second, and this is what will restrict our use of them in future, they couldn’t manage to de-hair our last 2 batches of pigs so the had to be skinned.

Address: The Abattoir, Foundry Road, Shotts, ML7 5DX
Tel No: 01501 820329
Website :

North LanarkshireWishawWishaw Abattoir

No. reviews 2
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+ Happy to recommend, Pigs taken up to 100Kg liveweight. Accepted forms of ID: slap mark/metal tag/plastic tag Wednesday is pig day, although a limited number of sows may be booked for Thursday. The abattoir also offer a cutting and packing service.
+ I recommend Wishaw abattoir having just used it as a first timer for 2 pigs. Very helpful on the phone. I was a little put off on arrival as I could find no-one to tell me what to do and where to go but as soon as I found out where to go in – reverse into the gates on left hand side of the building as you face it. Tom the slaughter man was patient with me and the pigs in getting them out of the trailer.

Address: 185 Caledonian Road, Wishaw, Lanarkshire, ML2 0HU
Tel No: 01698 372667
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NorthumberlandCramlingtonLinden Foods

No. reviews 1
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+They seemed fine and treated both pigs calmly and with some respect which was good and a relief to see.

Address: Quarry Cottage, Burradon Road, Burradon, Cramlington, Northumberland, NE23 7ND
Tel No: 0191 2689689
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North YorkshireEscrickA Traves & Sons

No. reviews 1
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Big enough to be professional but small enough to be personal, are sensetive when we take them in , they dont keep them hanging about and if you call before you go Jane will advise you of the best time to get them there .All their staff are well trained and up up date with modern procedures with vets and animal health officers in abundance.

Address: The Abattoir Main Street Escrick, York, North Yorkshire YO19 6TP
Tel No: 01904 728246
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North YorkshireKilburnC R Horner

No. reviews 1
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+ Family run, private kills but check well in advance as they do get busy specially Easter & Xmas (i book Xmas pigs in in August!!) They only kill for me and my butcher collects but they will cut if asked.(they do my firnd’s lambs beautifully) Steep hill on way to village which can be tricky in winter so drops them to 9/10

Address: The Abattoir Kilburn, York, North Yorkshire YO61 4AG
Tel No: 01347 86836
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North YorkshireLeyburnMcIntyre Meats

No. reviews 1
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+Small, friendly and nice with the animals

Address: East Browins, Bainbridge, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 3EP
Tel No: 01969 650999
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North YorkshireScarboroughB W & D J Glaves

No. reviews 3
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+ very helpful, treat animals well when unloading. Would highly recommend. They slaughter and butcher on the premises.
+Really good
=Fairly good apart from the high costs and basic packing

Address: 37 Cayley Lane, Brompton by Sawdon
Tel No: 01723 859850
Website : www.glavesbutchers.co.uk/

North YorkshireWhitbyEgton Abbatoir

No. reviews 1
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+Good small abattoir

Address: Egton, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO21 1TZ
Tel No: 01947 895249
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North YorkshireYorkG A Kirk & Son

No. reviews 1
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+excellent service – We have since heard similar reports from other local smallholders and farmers. They slaughter and butcher, and run a small number of butchers shops as well.

Address: The Abattoir, Home Farm Building, Nunnington, York, North Yorkshire, YO62 5UY
Tel No: 01439 748242
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NottinghamshireMansfieldG Wood & Sons

No. reviews 1
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– was too large a concern for our liking and our pigs came back without their heads!

Address: Baulker Lane, MANSFIELD, NG21 9BG
Tel No: 01623 633136
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OxfordshireWitneyMutchmeats

No. reviews 3
Comments
+ Would recommend
+Although a couple of the guys don’t speak good english, they are incredibly helpful and very patient, especially when we are dropping off our pampered pets and are cooing them into their holding pen very slowly and carefully. The pens are well bedded and we feel that our animals are being looked after as well as possible for the time they are there.

Address: Newclose Lane, Witney, Oxon, OX29 7GX

Tel No: 01993 772972
Website : www.mutchmeats.co.uk/

PerthshireDunblaneDuncan Stevenson Ltd.

No. reviews 1
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We have been working with them for many years and we have found them to be very helpful, caring, gentle, calm with all the animals that we have put into them, a credit to all who work there definitely 10/10. They will also do cutting if ask for. The maximum weight for pigs is 120/125 kilos live and kill on tuesdays.

Address: Stirling Road, DUNBLANE, FK15 9EU
Tel No: 01786 822554
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PowysBreconB W L George

No. reviews 1
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+all my pigs go through there, nice small abbatoir off the back of the Butchery. They will butcher as well, although they have deals with other local butchers

Address: Cross House, High Street, Talgarth, Brecon Powys, LD3 0PD
Tel No: 01874 711233
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ShropshireBishops CastleDaysdrove

No. reviews 0
Comments
Now Closed

Address:
Love Lane Industrial Estate, Bishops Castle, Shropshire, SY9 5DW
Tel No: 01588 630726
Website : www.daysdrove.co.uk/

SomersetChardC Snell

No. reviews 4
Comments
+ Its a third generation small family business with oldfashioned values with a excellent customer relation understanding. Nothing is a problem and when starting out the owner is only to pleased to sit down with you and go through what they can do for you ie prices, cuts ,etc if required you could even take your own animal to the end you could stand and watch what happens in the stunning pen!

Address: Breeches Farm, Chard, Somerset TA20 2NY
Tel No: 01460 220420
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SomersetTauntonStillmans

No. reviews 1
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+A small abbatoir situated on the owners farm, so a very normal environment in which to unload animals. Staff there are very helpful to new smalholders who are finding their way. They will even reverse the trailer if you really get into trouble. Animals are dealt with calmly and gently and I have no qualms about leaving them there.

Address: Staplegrove Mill, Staplegrove, Taunton, Somerset TA2 6PX
Tel No: 01823 272661
Website : www.stillmansbutchers.co.uk

South YorkshireDoncasterE V Slack & Sons

No. reviews 2
Comments
+We used EV Slack & Sons, Wadworth. They were great to us as first timers and we were very pleased with the way our pigs were treated and how the staff treated us too. They take ‘ones and twos’ later in the week than the big consignments. It’s family run with a Butchers Shop too and they cut the pigs for us. They did ask us what we wanted but we put ourselves in their hands for the first time, we had visited a couple of times and trusted them.
+Absolutely fantastic service and professional treatment of my stock, We would not use anyone else. Very friendly to smallholders and staff are always helpful . We sell our pigs to the public and Slacks have always treat our customers fairly and professionally. Fair pricing and pig is nicely presented- Always get pluck, head and trotters. Well recommended for First timers.

Address: Carr Lane, Wadworth, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN11 9AS
Tel No: 01302 853 433

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StaffordshireBurton on TrentP. Coates & Son

No. reviews 1
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+Coates is a small family business – very happy with the service and the way they treated our animals. Pigs are only slaughtered on Monday’s, but can deliver on the Sunday. Fresh water is available in the pens, we bedded them down with plenty of straw and fed them there – stress free. Later that evening Antony (Coates) checked on them and gave them more food. First thing Monday morning (around 6am) they were slaughtered and I am sure they were treated with the utmost respect. Coates do not have a weight limit on the size of pig they can handle. The joints were all expertly cut / rolled / tied and we had a good quantity of sausage which taste amazing, and the most amazing bacon we have ever tasted! . The joints and sausages were sealed in bags and the bacon vacuum packed in lot sizes we requested.All the staff are very friendly and helpful, there prices are reasonable and I have no hesitation in giving them a full 10/10 in all respects.

Address: 100 Main St, Alrewas, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, DE13 7AE

Tel No: 01283 790205
Website : www.coatestraditionalbutchers.co.uk/index.html

StaffordshireOttoxeterT G Sargeant

No. reviews 1
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They are very helpful and slaughtered two saddle backs at 180 lbs live weight, cut up into joints, chops and belly pork and made about 40lbs of sausage all for £85. Took them on Sunday morning, they were killed Monday and picked up the meat, bagged and labelled on Friday. I have already discussed the next pigs and they will cure the bacon and gammon and can also do Cumberland or pork and leak sausage as well. Very pleased with them.

Address: Roycroft Farm, Bramshall, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, ST14 5BG
Tel No: 01889 563353
Website : www.tgsargeant.com/

SuffolkEyeLamberts the Abattoir

No. reviews 3
Comments
+We have found them excellent, their new plant is fantastic. Very gentle with the animals,very forward with any information and nothing is to much trouble. Fast service, most of the time our pigs and sheep go straight in and are killed before we have even had time to turn the trailer round.
+The staff are always polite and helpful as they go about their job in a professional manner. We have every confidence that our animals are killed quickly and humanely and dressed and hung appropriately then they are ready to go next door to C&K Meats, where it is then butchered to our specific requirements – we greatly value them.
+We have been using Lamberts for the last 10yrs, and happily followed them to their new site in Eye. It is great to have a local abattoir, and to deal with a small company where one can pick up the phone and be able to talk to people that we have built up a relationship with over time – very rare in this day and age!

Address: Mid Suffolk Business Park, Potash Lane, Eye Suffolk IP23 7HE
Tel No: 01379 872900
Website : ckgroupltd.com/abattoir

SuffolkLong MelfordH Ruse

No. reviews 3
Comments
+ V.Good to a novice, both in terms of paperwork and help with how to have the pigs cut. Access is tight, you wouldn’t want too big a vehicle.
+Our pigs always seemed to be pretty relaxed, all has been very quiet on site. Low key. Very decent people. Will spend time with you, going through cut list etc. They are always happy to discuss your carcass and meat when you get it all back. Our last batch of boxes were superb. Will offer added extras, gammon, bacon and sausages. Good for the likes of me, who are limited on time and just want to offer a bit more to the customer

Address: Hall Street, Long Melford, CO10 9JF

Tel No: 01787 378 227
Website :

SwanseaThree CrossesHMD Butchers

No. reviews 1
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-They don’t kill many pigs, or do many private kills of any animal for that matter. Despite being a weekly customer they failed to tell me their butcher had left, became an issue when I needed a kill and partial cut. The vet seemed a bit OTT, I never got heart or liver, just kidneys, despite me asking repeatedly. They took bits out of the head which the restaurant I sell to wanted. Then they skinned a pig, kept head and trotters too so I was well down on weight. I know it happens but I didn’t quite trust their explanation, skin rash apparently, but I got different stories from the different staff and the vet himself.

Address: The Abattoir, The Wern, Three Crosses, Swansea, SA4 3ND

Tel No: 01792 874100
Website : www.hmdbutchers.co.uk/

WarwickshireCoventryC H Rowley

No. reviews 2
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+ Small family run place with village butchers shop on site as well. Was very impressed with the set up – had been recommended to them by two people. Kill and cut to our spec for £40 and sausages at £1 / lb extra. Just got home with 110lb of meat and 45lb of sausages! Seem very busy. Kill on Monday

Address: Glenside, Ansley Lane, Old Arley, Near Coventry, Warwickshire, CV7 8FU.

Tel No: 01676 540419
Website : www.chrowley.co.uk/

WarwickshireShipston on stourLong Compton Abattoir

No. reviews 1
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+they handle the animals well. the meat is butchered and packed in polystyrene trays with cling film individually labelled so meets environmental health regulations for re-selling. Excellent sausages.

Address: 50, Main Street, Long Compton, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire CV36 5JJ
Tel No: 01608 684618
Website : www.longcomptonabattoir.com/

West SussexHenfieldSouthern Traditional Meats

No. reviews 3
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+ Very good, friendly allowed viewing of the slaughter, extremely professional and good communication, I will be sending all my pigs through them in the future! 9/10 – because they are a little expensive for cutting
+ they were very kind, and the patience shown to my boys by the handlers was fantastic. Very happy to recommend them.
+Very friendly and helpful for first timers like us, talked us through what we needed to do before and cutting list after

Address: Morley Farm, Wheatsheaf Road, Henfield, West Sussex BN5 9BB
Tel No: 01273 495171
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West YorkshireHuddersfieldL Wood & Sons

No. reviews 1
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+They kill and cut up. they preffer to do jobs for small holders rather than butchers as they get a set price for each pig they kill.

Address: Ocot Farm, Scammonden, HUDDERSFIELD, HD3 3FW

Tel No: 01484 842284
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West YorkshireLeedsJohn Penny & Sons

No. reviews 1
Comments
+ Very helpful for newbies

Address: Low Green Farm, 40 Leeds Road, Rawdon, Leeds, LS19 6NU
Tel No: 0113 2504162
Website : www.johnpenny.co.uk/

WiltshireChippenhamH F Stiles & sons Ltd

No. reviews 1
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+very good family run abbatoir – I’ve met other local small holders who all agree. Do an excellent “return to owner” service, usually on a Tuesday. Friendly and patient with first time customers. Very calm atmosphere and professional handling of the pigs. Have just used them to “cut” my second batch of weaners and very impressed – followed my written instructions to the letter.

Address: H F Stiles & Son Ltd, Sloperton Farm, Westbrook, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN15 2ED
Tel No: 01380 850153
Website :

WrexhamWrexhamJones Brothers

No. reviews 1
Comments
Jones are very helpful, and very friendly

Address: Stansty Lodge , Mold Road, Wrexham, LL11 4YF
Tel No: 01978 359 001

Website : http://www.jonesfarmshop.co.uk/Jones_new/Welcome.html

WrexhamRhosllanerchrugogD & J Thomas

No. reviews 4
Comments
+ I have always been very happy with their respectful handling of my animals, there is very little waiting involved (I think they have only once been penned for about half an hour before slaughter) and there is no problem about watching the slaughter procedure if you wish to do so. The butchery side is excellent – they ask if they don’t understand anything you have asked for, the meat is beautifully boxed and wrapped and their bacon/gammon is delish. The price has always been very reasonable too, and the service is always pleasant and courteous. I couldn’t recommend them too highly.
+Taking pigs for 3 years now – they are very gentle with the pigs and cannot do enough to help, particularly for the uninitiated who are nervous and don’t know the form. The final presentation of the meat is fantastic and all at a knock down price.
– My own experience here wasn’t so good: One of the pigs had a huge haematoma on it’s hind quarter when returned. That can’t happen post mortem. We also didn’t get our own offal or heads back. Maybe a one off but we haven’t been back to risk it again.

Address: Garrden Road, Rhosllanerchrugog, Wrexham,
LL14 2EN
Tel No: 01978 840376
Website : www.dandjthomas.co.uk/