Last week I was invited to meet the owners of a new business that’s opening on my local high street, in Chipping Campden.
Chipping Campden has a mixture of shops serving the local community and the many tourists that visit the town. Some shops have been around for years, whilst others are new businesses to the high street, adding something unique or different.
Last September the butchers that had been situated on the high street for the last 100 years and run by three generations of the same family, sadly closed. It’s central location and historical presence, meant it left a noticeable hole along the high street scene.
So it caused instant interest and excitement when the community noticed things seemed to be happening in the empty shop space…..
I drove past and immediately spotted the windows and branded graphics. I loved the colour, the clean font and modern name. I’m a sucker for good branding and straight away I was excited to know more. So I was thrilled when I received an invitation to meet the new owners and have a tour.
Firstly, I hadn’t realised how far the plot stretched back, as well as the retail shop, there are further buildings behind, full of potential.
Tucked out back, unbeknown to passers by on the high street, is the old abattoir and holding pens and all around old tools of the trade hang hauntingly. It was fascinating to see and to imagine how some of the original features could be incorporated in the renovation.
I was introduced to the new owners, Chris and Pat, who are established entrepreneurs, with a wealth of business experience. Their enthusiasm for this new venture was clear, but so to was their understanding of the historical relevance that the former business had within the town and community.
Clearly mindful of the building and it’s history, they plan to open Fillet & Bone in a few weeks time, as a fresh and contemporary retail food outlet, whilst retaining some of its original features that the locals will love to be able to see again.
Like their predecessors, they will mainly offer fresh meat, with a focus on sourcing locally where possible. They will also offer fresh fish on selected days, dairy, breads and more, which will include fruit and vegetables from Drinkwaters, who sadly closed their high street shop in January.
Chris and Pat have so many ideas and plans for Fillet & Bone, together with their retail operations manager, Barry Hancox. He is renowned locally for his passion for food and his previous experience and key roles at some fine establishments, including Preggo and Russell’s in Broadway and most recently Daylesford Organic Farm.
After the tour I was able to chat further with Chris, Pat and Barry, along with fellow Bloggers over a fabulous lunch at Huxleys.
I’m really looking forward to seeing this new business come to life on our little high street. I love to promote small brands and independent businesses and wish them all the luck.
If you are ever Chipping Campden way, be sure to call in and check out Fillet & Bone.