If supporting your local butcher is one of your new years’ resolutions, here’s some hints of where to go
There are endless things that could be on your list of New Years resolutions.
One such resolution could be to focus on shopping local. But figuring out where to go and how to support local traders can at first seem a bit overwhelming.
As well as these, there has been a rise of zero-waste stores throughout the county who aim to cut down on single-use plastics and provide a sustainable option for your groceries.
To make things a little bit easier, LancsLive has gone through some of the top local grocers and zero-waste stores by area to signpost where you might begin on your shop-local venture.
The three categories listed are butchers, fruit and veg stores and zero-waste shops which offer food and lifestyle options, like shower gel and washing up liquid.
Once you start, you’ll find shopping is far more rewarding when you’re supporting your locals.
Blackburn and Darwen
For eggs, Hens On The Hill Ltd of Elton Road in Blackburn offers a self-service egg vending machine.
Their website says the egg vending machine is ‘easy to use’ with instructions on it.
The vending machine takes both cash and contactless payment, and whilst it does give out change it won’t take £20 notes.
Noel Dunkerley said: “Congratulations to Hens on the Hill for getting it SO right! The eggs are gorgeous and beat the pants off anything you could buy in the shops. Well done HotH you passed the poach test with flying colors and finally, we the public can indulge in eggs as they should be fresh, healthy, and from happy hens”
In Darwen, Shelly’s Fresh Farm Produce on Market Street is ran by Shelly Brogan and sells a range of meat products and cheeses. It is rated as 5-stars by regular customers on Google with one writing: “The best butchers in Darwen.”
As well as Shelly’s, Blackburn with Darwen has plenty of opportunity to support your local butcher including Around Block Butchers shop of Chapel Street, Blackburn, and Tom Wood Artisan Butchers at The Mall in Blackburn.
When it comes to shopping zero-waste, Earth Evolution, a plastic free and zero waste shop based in Darwen town centre, opened this year with the mission to help Darwen residents shop more ethically.
Earth Evolution not only aims to cut down on single-use plastics, it also has dispensers with pasta, rice, lentils and seeds, and scoop tins for all kinds of sweets and all of the dry staples you can get. Just bring along your own container and get refilling.
Blackpool is spoilt for choice when it comes to buying local fruit and veg.
Brabins is a wholesale green grocer on Coronation Street. It is rated 4.5 stars by customers on Google with one writing: “Use this shop weekly, wouldn’t go anywhere else, friendly staff, and great prices!!”
Fresh & Fruity of Highfield Road is also there to meet your fruit and veg needs. One customer named Zoe Hall said: “I’m a new customer with nothing but praise for this local shop. Delivered a fab hamper of fresh produce last week and I visited the shop today for more of the same. Great quality and friendly service. Thankyou fresh n fruity.”
There are plenty of Butchers in Blackpool too, with the highest rated on Google being Choice Meats Catering Ltd. It first opened as a traditional butchers shop in 1989 and is rated five-star following 116 Google reviews.
Victoria Knowles said: “Beautiful meat.. fabulous customer care as always.. friendly and very attentive I also had a loyalty card and the butcher signed it all up so points make money off for future like a saving card for the year. I have shopped here for years always fabulous never go anywhere else.”
Spearmans Butchers on Central Drive is also worth raving about. One customer said the food sold at Spearmans ‘is in a class of its own’.
Marie Rooke said: “I found the ultimate shop to buy locally produced fresh pork pies the food this butchers sells is in a class of it’s own I would highly recommend them to anyone who has not been to try them you don’t only get amazing food but friendly staff too I will definitely be buying a lot more from them so a big thankyou from one happy customer.”
A new zero-waste shop has recently opened in Blackpool. Un-do can be found on Norbreck Road and offers eco-friendly alternatives to dried foods, herbs and spices, loose leaf tea, coffee, cleaning and laundry supplies, bathroom and kitchen supplies, hair and beauty products, sanitary care and pet supplies.
A good spot for fruit and veg up the Turf Moor is The Big Fruit Shop on Colne Road. It is a second generation family-run greengrocers with a large range of fresh produce, as well as herbs, spices and other cooking essentials.
Kath Domun said: “Shop here regularly. A family run business. Selling a good selection of fresh front and vegetables. Also a good selection of Asian vegetables, chilli’s, several varieties. Herbs and of course spices.”
For your meat, Heys Family Butchers is highly thought of according to their 37 Google reviews. In the shadows of Turf Moor on Lyndhurst Road, it has been serving customers for over 30 years. Owners, George and Lynne, bought the business in 1983 and according to their website have ‘not looked back’ since.
Simon Dickinson said: “Great family run business. Been going there for years. Fantastic produce and really friendly staff. I’ve moved away from the area now but whenever I’m in Burnley I always pick up a load of their Towneley Tasters sausages…amazing.”
When it comes to shopping zero-waste, Turtlebee in Huntley’s Country Stores, Whalley Road is a local place to go. Alongside foods and household refills, Turtlebee also stocks items that will help you lead a more plastic-free lifestyle – including shampoo and metal straws.
Shopping local for fruit and veg in Chorley can be found at Tyrers Fruit & Vegetables on New Market Street.
Karen Bennett said: “Excellent quality taste how fruit and veggies should taste reasonable prices love coming here for greengrocers items friendly staff.”
You can support your local butcher over at Browns the Butchers at Market Place. It has been serving Chorley with the finest meats since 1932.
Julie Knifton rated them five stars on Google and wrote: “Such a great local butcher. Award winning haggis and back pudding. A great variety of sausages. Always coming up with new products. Fantastic shop. Lovely staff”
To shop zero-waste in Chorley, you’ll want to head to The Rail Weigh of Railway Road, Adlington.
The Rail Weigh describe themselves as ‘The Little Pink Shop With The Big Green Mission’ and is an eco-community shop for families with ‘a budget and busy lives’.
They stock plastic-free body care, cleaning and food refills, pet products, vegan foods, gifts, games, soaps and more inside.
For your fruit and veg grocery needs, R Bees Farm Shop of Sunny Bank, Hambleton, offers in-store shopping with daily fresh free range eggs, home grown potatoes and a variety of fruit and vegetables.
Kenneth Caldecott rated it five-stars on Google and wrote: “Excellent value for money, quality vegetables & free range eggs.”
For meat, Fuylde Butchers is obviously the hot spot. The local family butchers shop supplies the ‘best quality meats to the local community’ and can be found on Woodlands Road, Lytham Saint Annes.
If you’re looking for zero-waste shops, the closest is currently Un-do on Norbreck Road, Blackpool.
Local fruit and veg in Lancaster can be found at the Dalton Square market held every Wednesday and Saturday from 9am to 4.30pm.
You can also head to George Speight and Sons on Queen Street who have been trading since 1889. Andrew Mackereth rated them five-stars on Google and wrote: “Great suppliers of fruit and vegetables. They have looked after us since lockdown. Their staff are real credit to them.”
For your Butchers needs, Gregory Williams Butchers in Marketgate Shopping Centre are a family business who have been trading in the city centre for three generations since 1942.
Simon Drake rated Gregory Williams Butchers five-stars on Google and wrote: “Absolutely top quality meat, pies and delicatessen. As a bacon lover, the home cured back bacon is super tasty and as for the home cured middle? Oh my words, it’s supplied rind on and takes me back to being a kid when mum would do a fry up on Saturday morning. Spot on.”
When it comes to zero-waste lifestyle products, Wild Not Waste on Chapel Street is a family-run business in a stunning Grade II listed Georgian house and sells a range of sustainable lifestyle products at your convenience.
For zero-waste food, Single Step Wholefoods is a wholefoods co-operative which originally opened as radical bookshop on King Street in Lancaster.
Now on Penny Street, Single Step, established in 1976, sells organic fruit and veg, cleaning and bodycare products, vegan groceries, loose wholefoods and gifts and cards.
For local fruit and veggies in the Ribble Valley, D Burney & Sons who have a fruit and veg stall on Clitheroe market.
One Yelp user left the business a five star review and wrote: “The most friendly guys on Clitheroe market. Great produce, if I still lived in Clitheroe I’d be down to the stall every week! Keep it up guys.”
For meat, Brendan Anderton Butchers of Higher College Farm, Lower Road, Hothersall was established in 1972 and serves high quality to meat to customers across the Ribble Valley.
For zero-waste shopping, Green Theory is a zero waste and ethical produce shop at Castle Gate, Clitheroe. Since opening their doors in 2019, Green Theory has expanded into a larger store and stocks refillable dried foods and cleaning products.
Support your local fruit and veg traders over at Lancashire produce who can be found in the Market Hall at King Street, Southport.
West Lancs Butchers, of Witham Road, Skelmersdale are rated 4.7 stars on Google and pride themselves on ‘serving local, quality produce to a list of loyal restaurants and customers.’
Simon Evans rated them five-stars and wrote: “Great butchers, serving restaurants/trade and public – good cafe too. Prices good if you can buy in bulk – very good place for cheap, fresh bones for the dog.”
For your zero-waste fix, Bloom and Brew in Ormskirk opened this year serving independent coffee and stocking eco-friendly lifestyle products. They also have a food and liquids refillery and is single use plastic free.
Huntleys in Preston is the perfect place to find a load of local traders in one place. The Samlesbury farm shop has a traditional butchers, a delicatessen,a bakery, a fishmongers, Ice Cream Parlour and Coffee Shop all on site.
Shopping zero-waste in Preston can take you to UCLan’s campus, after a new Zero Waste Area opened in its Union shop in 2019.
Despite being in the university, the store is open to the public and sells plastic free foods, liquids and eco-friendly household items.
Reilley’s Butcher of Longridge Road, Ribbleton, Preston is highly-rated by previous customers on Google. Reilley’s describe themselves as ‘Quality Meat at it’s best. ..supplying quality locally sourced meat, from local farmers’.
Ronnie Goodson wrote: “Great people to deal with. Their meat is excellent. While we been in lockdown they have delivered my meat, no matter what I ordered. Support your local butcher, you won’t be disappointed.”