Jack and John
John Stenton describes himself as ‘one of the last of a dying breed’ of local family butchers. Here he reflects on his professional life in Brackenbury Village…
‘Hammersmith is a nice place to work. I have customers from all walks of life and I enjoy having fun with them. The kids say hello on their way to school and I’ve got to know so many family generations – that’s lovely.
‘When people don't recognise a cut of meat, I explain what it is and how to cook it and, on the next visit, we hear all about it. We get some wonderful compliments. One lady said: “Thanks for making our Christmas magnificent.” That's what gets me out of bed at 6am. There are no short cuts in this business!
‘We source the world’s finest meat. I keep tabs on where it comes from by visiting the farms – I know how the animals are reared. Now’s a good time to order Spring lamb for Easter. Many customers prefer a leg, but my favourite is shoulder double-wrapped in tinfoil We also make and sell mini-lamb roasts – they are perfect for two people.
‘We've turned the clock back 50 years and now wrap meat in grease-proof paper to save on plastic. Customers come in with polyurethane re-sealable plastic bags and boxes; however, using them is like standing in a freezer with your coat on. The cold can't get through to the meat and lower the temperature enough. We suggest glass pyrex containers to keep meat cold while you do your bit for the environment.
John and Jack
‘We take telephone orders – I always try to answer by the third ring – but I prefer to see customers face to face. We open at 8am on Saturdays, so that’s a good time to avoid queuing and you can pre-order on Friday and pick up on Saturday. Our French customers like meat cut differently and it can take time to prepare, so sometimes you may have to wait a little longer. However, queuing is a good way to meet neighbours!
‘Once, Lenny Henry came in and he said: “I thought you’d have two or three shops by now.” I said: “Len, like wives, on most occasions one at a time is more than enough to handle.
‘I have been serving the people of Hammersmith for 50 years and I'd like to say thank you for supporting me.’
Stenton’s offers organic and free range produce and selected meats from England’s finest farms:
Cotes De Boeuf Bavette De Boeuf Tournedos De Boeuf Noisettes D’Agneau Onglet De Boeuf Roti De Boeuf Osso Bucco Poulet Desosse Farci a la Saucisse De Toulouse Paupiettes De Veau Duck Handmade gluten and wheat free organic pork sausages Beef Lamb Wild Boar Boerewors Merguez Chorizos
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