Newthorpe’s last remaining family shop is set to re-open after a £100,000 refit.
Barlows butchers, on Main Street, has been closed for refurbishment for a fortnight and its family owner, Scott and Kelly, are now itching to re-open on Monday, March 9.
Kelly, 37, said: “It’s been a long time waiting to re-open, we’ve been planning the refit for ages. We’ve spent over £100,000 on the shop, so it’s a totally new look now.”
The award-winning butcher has been running for over 65 years, started by Scott’s grandparents, Frank and Una.
Scott received a Butchers Q Guild award in 2010, presented by Heston Blumenthal.
But Scott, 40, said the shop has had its ups and downs.
He added: “There are so many shops closing now – we have another butchers in Kirkby and one of our competitors there has just gone into receivership after 100 years.
“It seems a shame if you’ve been part of the community for so long. We’re the only shop left in the village now.
“It’s especially difficult around here with all the supermarkets opening, so we’ve had to make massive changes or we wouldn’t be here.”
So Scott has been to Holland to study the forefront of the butchering world.
He added; “Holland and Belgium are about 20 years ahead of us in the UK, and if you want to see how it’s done you have to go there.”
And his research makes all the difference.
He added: “Our method for slow-aging has put us in the running for the best Sirloin steak in the country.”