A husband and wife team from Woodhall Spa have ‘carved up’ the opposition to record a top quality triumph in a national butchers competition.
Kevin and Verity Walker finished runners-up in a competition run by the Meat Traders’ Association to discover the best new butchers of 2015.
The pair knew nothing about the butchery industry until they took over their shop – Walker and Walker on Woodhall Spa’s Broadway – in February 2014.
Before that, Kevin was a sales and marketing executive in the motor industry and Verity was an estate agent.
Kevin said: “We very quickly realised that, if we didn’t buy this business, then it would be lost to the village for ever and would become yet another café or fast food outlet.
“Having lived in and loved this village all of our lives, we weren’t prepared to allow that to happen.”
The couple admit the last 18 months have been ‘one hell of a ride’ but say they have no regrets – a fact proven by a lengthy list of awards.
They describe their business as a ‘big happy family’ and are full of praise for staff.
Kevin added: “From day one, our aim was to supply top-quality local produce, supporting our Lincolnshire farmers and businesses, and assuring our customers of traceability from ‘farm to the fork’, which we are proud to say has been achieved.”