Berkhamsted butchers battles the big boys with market stall - and coffee


Berkhamsted’s last remaining traditional butchers is fighting back against the big supermarkets with a new market stall - and by also stocking coffee.

Eastwoods has now launched a weekly stall at the town’s Wednesday market, and a new range of coffee at its Gravel Path butcher’s shop.

Homemade pies, Scotch eggs, pastries, pork pies, sausages, ready-made casseroles and home-cured bacon are just some of the foodstuffs that are on sale at the market.

Butcher Sarah Bunting said: “It is quality stuff, we make it ourselves and it’s not mass-produced.”

The products can also be bought at the Eastwoods shop in Gravel Path, where a new range of coffee from Apsley-based Smiths Coffee Company will also now be stocked.

Shop spokesman Cathie George urged people to come and visit.

She said: “We are the last butcher’s shop in Berkhamsted and we have to survive against all the big supermarkets.”

She said the 2014 launch of the new Marks & Spencer Simply Food store in the town’s former Royal Mail sorting office could pose a further threat to Eastwoods’ business.