FOOD: New butchers’ shop opens in Clitheroe

Mark Kelly is pictured with Gareth Hetherington and Robert Dilworth at the  newly opened Brendan Anderton butchers on King Street in Clitheroe.
Mark Kelly is pictured with Gareth Hetherington and Robert Dilworth at the newly opened Brendan Anderton butchers on King Street in Clitheroe.

A FAMILY butchers with more than 40 years’ experience is looking forward to serving customers at its new Clitheroe shop.

Brendan Anderton Butchers, which has re-opened the former Harrison & Kerr Butchers and Delicatessen shop in King Street, has credited its loyal customers and dedicated staff with enabling its latest move to Clitheroe.

“Clitheroe is right on our doorstep,” commented Emma Medhurst, daughter of Brendan and Petrina Anderton who set up the successful business in the 1970s. “It is a bustling town with friendly locals and many visitors – somewhere that Anderton’s Butchers feel they can be quite at home.”

Mark Kelly, the former Longridge manager, is running the shop along with his handpicked team.

“This is an exciting move which brings a new set of customers and challenges,” Emma added. “The family firmly believe that the Clitheroe team have the right attributes to ensure that Brendan’s company ethos of ‘Quality, Service and Civility’ is maintained.”

Looking at the history of the business shows a family committed to hard work and equipped with the drive to succeed. Brendan and Petrina grew up in Ribchester with Brendan starting work in a Blackburn butchers and later working at the Co-op Butchers in Longridge.

Petrina, meanwhile, was a weaver at Bee Mill, Ribchester, and on weekends toured Lancashire as a semi-professional singer known locally as Ribchester’s Mary Hopkins.

In the early 1970s, the couple worked from Stydd Lee, Ribchester, Brendan’s family home, putting together fresh meat and deep freeze orders following the new trend for home freezers. These were delivered in matching blue mini vans to customers’ homes in the local villages.

Their drive to succeed led them to buy an electrical shop on Derby Road, Longridge. They lived in the flat above and converted the ground floor into a butchers. The couple’s three children, Emma, Austin and Roger, have been involved with the business since they were old enough to work, helping in all areas and generally “getting stuck in”.

Today the business is still very much a family affair with all five members working closely together. Brendan is at the forefront with Petrina and Emma working on the administrative side of the business.

Austin and Roger run the catering side of the business – Anderton’s Ribble Valley Butchers – from a BRC accredited, fully licensed EC cutting plant. Locally Brendan Anderton Butchers is a “household name” – one of the secondary schools even advertises “Brendan’s Burgers” to prompt sales. The shop’s daily display is second to none and the product range is extensive covering meat, poultry, wild game, speciality sausage, burgers and Farmhouse Aga roasted meats.

There is a team of skilled butchers, in total 28 members of local staff and a fleet of 11 refrigerated delivery vans. For more visit: