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S J Bebbington Butchers, Chester

Posted on: Mar 17 2014

S J Bebbington Butchers of Chester has been established since 1993 and for 19 years was based in Chester Market before moving to modern new premises in Westminster Park 18 months ago. Run by Stuart Bebbington, who comes from a family of farmers, the shop prides itself on the quality of the produce they sell and the friendly customer service.

Stuart believes that a good butcher needs to constantly evolve. He explains; “Over the last 18 months the business has gone from strength to strength and we are making four times the turnover than our previous premises. I feel positive about the future of butchery but believe that butchers need to be prepared to change. In the face of supermarket competition, we cannot afford to stand still but move with the times and embrace new products and unusual flavours and cater for those looking for quick, convenient meal options.”

The improved facility has provided Stuart with the capacity to expand his product range and produce his very own award winning sausages and dry cured bacon made with meat from trusted suppliers. Stuart creates his own sausage rolls and range of pies, selling over 700 pies every week. He also offers an excellent range of ready to cook meals and marinated meats from apple and mustard pork steaks to minted lamb stir fry.

The shop has recently introduced some South African products, such as Biltong, in response to customer demand, as well as a number of vegetarian dishes to encourage customers to shop for the whole family in one trip.

S J Bebbington was awarded a finalist in Britain’s Best Butchers Shop 2012 and has received multiple gold awards for a variety of products over the last decade.

S J Bebbington
53 Five Ashes Road,
Westminster Park,
Tel: 01244 682424
Ample free parking available
Website: www.sjbebbingtonbutchers.co.uk (coming soon with local click & collect service)


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