Agriculture and Food

Cheltenham artisan butchers expands into new indoor food hall

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 10 September 2020 6:05

Cheltenham artisan butchers expands into new indoor food hall

A well-known Gloucestershire butcher and delicatessen is the latest artisan trader to announce it is voting with its feet and joining the line-up at the county’s new Borough Market style indoor market. 

The name Waghornes is well known in Prestbury and can claim to have been synonymous with high quality meat in the region for more than 150 years. 

A family butcher and delicatessen, its operations date back to the 1850s and the team is said tobe passionate about the provenance of the meat they sell.

Now is has decided to expand, and is due to open a second business at the new food market in Stroud’s Five Valleys Shopping Centre in October which it will run alongside the popular Prestbury shop. 

For Waghornes the move also represents something of a full circle, as the butchers had a shop on Stroud’s High Street in the 1800s. 

“We have some fantastic local suppliers, we see the animals in the field and we know they have been properly reared and looked after to ensure the best possible meat for our customers,” said Nic Veale, who co-owns Waghornes with Nigel Kavanagh (pictured immediately above outside the new Five Valley's operation. Top picture: Nigel with Nic and Kelly outside the Prestbury shop).

“We are really impressed with what is happening at Five Valleys, the centre is looking fantastic and we are so excited to be a part of it.”

Pictured: One of Waghornes' original Cheltenham shops

The busines specialises in the supply free range, farm reared meats and game as well as stocking a wide variety of delicatessen products. 

Its attention to detail has seen it carry off two Cotswold Life food and drink awards, one in 2018 and again in 2019.  

It will be moving into the Five Valley’s market alongside a new fishmonger and The Artisan Baker headed by Ori Hellerstein, due to open at the end of September.

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The striking new Waghornes unit will have a traditional butchery theme with a contemporary feel and will also feature a dry age cabinet.  

Dionne Moore, centre manager at Five Valleys, said: “Waghornes has a fantastic reputation in the area and we’re really excited to have them joining our market line up. 

We are really starting to build up a fantastic range of food to go and artisan traders and Waghornes are a great addition.” 

Other traders at the Five Valleys Market include Tomari-Gi, Pieminister, Thai 2 Go and Non Solo Pasta. 

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