Your family butcher can be likened to your GP!
SOME of my doubts concerning certain beef products: meat pies, beefburgers etc, have been confirmed recently with the revelations of horse meat being discovered among the ingredients of some of them.
I can honestly say I have never purchased meat from a supermarket, simply because either I was uncertain where it had come from or what the beefburgers really contained.
I have always obtained my meat etc from my family butcher.
Your family butcher can be likened to your family doctor – you trust what your doctor is telling you and you can trust what your family butcher is selling you.
My family butcher is Sharps, of Wintringham Road, and I am certain his many attributes are a true reflection of the remaining family butchers in Grimsby and Cleethorpes, of which I can count approximately seven or eight.
When you walk into Sharps, you are greeted with a friendly welcome by Rob and Ross, and cleanliness is much in evidence in this butcher's shop from yesteryear – with hanging rails, a marble slab, a butcher's block and a bacon slicer still on display.
You are safe in the knowledge that the quality produce is local – the beef (which almost melts in your mouth) is from Lincolnshire or Nottinghamshire and the poultry from Norfolk.
You make the choice of cut etc and see it wrapped and packed – unlike a supermarket where most of it comes prepacked.
You have peace of mind in the knowledge of assured quality and exactly what you are buying is totally safe.
Throughout this dark episode, which I still feel is barely at the tip of the iceberg, the comedians have been having a field day with all the horsey jokes kicking around.
My advice to anyone would be stop flogging a dead horse and stay loyal to your family butcher.
Harry Trindall, Farebrother Street, Grimsby.
The Telegraph says
As the saying goes, things turn full circle. Is the age of the local shop on the up again, not just as a result of the meat scandal, but also because of the demise of so many national chains? With so many national chains disappearing from the high street, surely it opens up opportunities for locally-owned, independent shops?