Elliott’s Family Butchers Open Noborough Lodge Farm Shop – A new Chapter

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

The Elliott family has served the local community with fresh meat and produce for over 100 years from their butchers’ shop in Kislingbury, Northamptonshire. Their new Noborough Lodge Farm Shop, near Weedon, is a major step forward for the family and a fantastic addition to the local community.

Noborough Lodge Farm Shop – between Weedon & Kilsby

The Elliott family purchased Noborough Lodge through Howkins & Harrison in December 2018 having set roots locally centuries before. The farm, just off the A5 between Weedon and Kilsby, opposite the Heart of The Shires shopping village, is now home to the generations of the Elliott family involved in the family business. Farming 1600 acres locally, with 400 suckler cows, over 1000 ewes and 80 hens, enables the family to breed, rear and finish all of the native, grass-fed cattle and sheep sold through the shop, providing the very best produce with the lowest possible carbon footprint. The Elliotts keep native breeds, including a pedigree herd of South Devons, established in 1988, and Aberdeen Angus, lovingly reared from start to finish.

Working with the rural and development teams at Howkins & Harrison, the old farm buildings, at Noborough Lodge, including the milking dairy, have been renovated to house chillers, preparation space, a meat counter, a cheese counter, refrigerated units, fresh produce units and of course space for the biggest basket of hens eggs they could find.

Noborough Lodge Farm Shop creates new jobs

The new venture has produced three new jobs locally to staff the shop and an extra job on the family farm to free up Tom and Roger Elliott to focus on the butchery and farm shop. A small selection of like-minded local suppliers have partnered with the Elliotts to provide as many options as possible to visitors. Heygates flour, Sparkenhoe cheese and Barnowl Jerseys at Brackley for ice creams, creams and milk products along with local fruit and vegetable suppliers all mean that visitors to Noborough Lodge Farm Shop can support local producers whilst eating and drinking the highest quality products with minimal food miles.

Roger & Tom Elliott at Noborough Lodge Farm Shop

One of the latest additions to the farm are four beehives – maintained by a specialist apiarist, providing opportunity for a large volume of bees to forage and swarm nearby and return to a clean dark sheltered hive to rest. Of course, in return, the bees pollinate the crops and provide local honey which will be available for sale in the farm shop. Of their latest addition, Tom Elliott spoke wearing a wide smile ‘the bees are yielding really well, and the honey is something else!’ With all the wildflowers and hedgerow species locally, it is no surprise that the honey is special. 

Jeff Paybody, Partner at Howkins & Harrison said, ‘we are delighted to support the Elliott family through our team of rural surveyors. The opening of Noborough Lodge Farm Shop is testament to the hard work and vision of the family, laser focused on quality and end-to-end meat production, providing the best quality products, with exceptional service to the local community. We wish them every success with their new venture.’

More to come for Noborough Lodge Farm Shop

Roger and Tom plan to open a café at Noborough Lodge later in the year, to further showcase the family’s farm produce, as well as that of their local partner producers. The family are grateful of the loyal support that they have received from their customers over the decades and throughout the last few months, especially, as the business has found new ways to trade and supply the community during lockdown. Both the butcher’s shop at Kislingbury and the farm shop at Noborough Lodge are following strict government guidance in terms of social distancing. There are stations to sanitise your hands upon entry and a limit to the number of customers in the shop at any one time.

Elliotts Butchers at Kislingbury can be found at Hodges Lane, Kislingbury, Northamptonshire NN7 4AJ

Noborough Lodge Farm Shop is at Brockhall, Flore, Northamptonshire NN7 4LA