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The Old Butcher's Shop in the 1930's

About Us

A Butchers Shop in Pett for 90 years

The Butchers Shop in Pett has operated continuously on this site since it was built by my great-uncle, Robert Whiteman, in 1934. He managed the shop until 1974.

The shop was then leased to other butchers until 2020 when it was returned to the family and taken over by me, Sarah Whiteman. I renamed the business “The Old Butchers Shop”.

Robert’s story, in his own words, is available in his memoir “The Butchers Block” – ask us for a copy when you visit.

We know exactly where our meat comes from

The Whiteman family has lived at a small farm close-by since 1919 and whilst these days we are more agricultural contractors, we have maintained strong links with other nearby farms – from where the majority of our produce is sourced.

Our objective since starting the business has been to provide good quality, local, sustainably-produced meat and produce – providing a connection between the consumer and the grower.

Locally-sourced meat and produce

All of our lamb, beef and free-range pork is bred, born and raised within just a few miles of the shop. For example, our lamb grazes on the marsh land Pett Level and Winchelsea. Everything is sourced direct from the farmers – with whom we have long-standing trusted relationships.

We also stock dairy produce from Northiam Dairy, locally-made fresh bread from The Bakery @89 in Rye and, when available, locally-grown seasonal fruit and vegetables. We also stock many locally produced products from jams & juices to chutneys and even curry sauce.

Sussex-produced, sustainable charcoal is also available to purchase for your BBQs or outdoor Pizza Ovens.

Farmers Markets

We have regular stalls at a number of local farmers markets, particularly in communities which have lost access to a local Butchers Shop. You will find us at Lydd, Icklesham, Northiam and Sellindge on a monthly basis, selling pre-packed meats and accepting advance orders. 

Home Delivery & Online Ordering

While many of the local village shops having been lost to time, The Old Butchers Shop has survived. Since its take-back in March 2020 the shop is stocking a greater range of produce than ever before.

Despite the challenges of starting a new business during a global pandemic, we quickly managed to set up a home delivery service and acquire a refrigerated van. We provide home delivery to the surrounding villages, as well as Hastings & St Leonards, together with the option to order online if that suits you better.

Delivery is available to addresses within TN34, TN35, TN36, TN37 & TN38 for just £4.

We pride ourselves on offering a bespoke customer service, tailored to the individual customer’s needs.

My small team and I look forward to seeing you in the shop soon.

Sarah
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Customer reviews

Paul Mitchell
Paul Mitchell
2022-11-26
Friendly family business. I get exactly what I ask for. Well prepared food. My marinaded chicken, for my bbq last year, was very tasty. I will be going again. Thank you
Mudrik Waters
Mudrik Waters
2022-11-11
I managed to get some cuts of meat that are not available near where I live. It was well worth the short drive to Pett. Friendly and helpful people. Clean and well stocked shop with some lovely local produce including vegetables, dairy, pickle/chutney, jam, honey, juices and plenty of herbs and spices. They can take telephone orders for collection and have a stall at the farmers market in Norman Road, St Leonards, every Friday. I thoroughly recommend this shop and will be using them again very soon.
sandy aslet-clark
sandy aslet-clark
2022-07-12
What a find...what a gem! We rode out and purchased the most tender & delicious pork chops we have ever tasted. We also purchased your beautiful smoked bacon and sausages for our breakfast and what a breakfastwe had. We took home monster pork chops, liver and more bacon. I cant find the words to describe the fantastic quality and fantastic taste of our purchases.
Mark Charles
Mark Charles
2022-05-07
Fantastic shop with local fresh eggs, meats plus lots of things for the larder and vegetables, milk, cheese etc and newspapers. 😊
Jane Finlay
Jane Finlay
2021-11-21
Stand out quality and real old fashioned top notch personal service; we feel such a fondness for this butcher shop. The home baked ham is exceptional, the bacon is the best I’ve had and even betters the London offering. Everyday chicken and all manner of beef, pork, lamb cuts are very worthy. The Christmas offering is always excellent (be it goose, turkey, duck or beef etc). It is a joy to support our local lady butcher Sarah.
CM
CM
2021-11-16
Always buy our Christmas turkey from this butcher (sourced from a local poulterer). Top quality. They will deliver but we like to collect it on Xmas Eve, a family tradition now🎄🦃. Very friendly and helpful staff. Join the Xmas club for instalment-funded Xmas fayre!
susie
susie
2021-11-12
Fantastic, fresh, tasty product and service. Been using this butchers since I first came across them during the 1st pandemic lockdown. They went above and beyond at this time for the local community and haven’t stopped since.
JEAN PATRICK
JEAN PATRICK
2021-10-28
We really enjoy all the iterms we have bought from the Old Butchers Shop which have been big orders and knowing all the meat is from the local district which has the best flavor instead of supper markes and had no additives or plastic trays. Good strong bags that can be put straight into the freezer. You can choose the size of chops and allso see both sides of your joints, always willing to help and gives plent of advise. THANK YOU FOR BEING A GREAT OLD BUTCHER SHOP.
Lunsford Farm
Lunsford Farm
2021-10-27
We use The Old Butcher Shop to supply our glamping guests with delicious food boxes, they are always really impressed. Check out the family packs they are great value and the seasonal game is impressive, order ahead so you don't miss out. They deliver, it's a godsend.
Six twenty
Six twenty
2021-10-27
Great local shop, always full of yummy food the display always looks full to me can't understand the previous review. Sarah runs it, it's been in her family for generations, she really takes pride in showcasing local producers including the local farm in Pett! Well worth a visit and only just off the A259.