Hill House Farm to open butchers shop at Chessington Garden Centre
Hill House Farm is delighted to announce that it will be opening its first butcher’s shop at Chessington Garden Centre, as part of the Centre’s farm shop expansion. The Farm’s state of the art butchery will be an integral part of the Centre’s new 410sq m farm shop development, which is due to open mid-March and it will also feature a delicatessen, cheese counter, charcuterie and a wide range of carefully sourced produce from across the South East of England.
The Farm’s inaugural butchers’ shop will feature its free range, farm reared produce with great provenance, including its renowned Gloucester Old Spot pork, its grass-fed Southdown lamb and Belted Galloway and Dexter beef. As part of this expansion the Farm will be developing its ‘farm to fork’ offering and is looking to collaborate with other like-minded farms and producers across the Surrey Hills, who share its ethos and passion for sustainable farming. Being able to expand its offering to feature an extensive range of locally sourced meats is the next natural step for the Farm.
To support this new venture, and the continued development of its online and wholesale business, the Farm will be recruiting for at least four new roles, including a butchery manager to run this new retail unit. Hill House Farm are already actively recruiting for these roles in time for the planned opening in March.
Jolyon Martin, Managing Director of Chessington Garden Centre said: “Our new farm shop has been in the planning for sometime and it was always really important to us to have a butchers’ shop as part of that plan. Partnering with Hill House Farm is a perfect match for us, as it represents the collaboration of two like-minded family businesses that share a passion for food and the countryside, but they are also very enthusiastic about BBQ and wood fired cooking.”
Ian Jones of Hill House Farm said: “This is an incredibly exciting addition to our ‘farm to fork’ business. We have grown our online offering considerably over the last year, building a loyal following of customers who love our farm reared pork, lamb and beef. Opening our shop is the next step in our expansion programme and we are really looking forward to working with Jolyon and the team at Chessington, to introduce our great tasting products with fantastic provenance to a whole new set of customers in the Centre’s development.”