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Ixworth Butchers and Fine Food store opens with tributes to former owner



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A new butchers and fine food store has opened in Ixworth.

The shop, in the High Street, Ixworth, Suffolk, has been opened by village residents Ben Birrell and his wife, Katie.

The butchers shop was formerly run as Meat at The Village Stores by David Sim, for around 30 years.

Ben Birrell and his wife, Katie, opened the shop last week. Pictures by Richard Marsham
Ben Birrell and his wife, Katie, opened the shop last week. Pictures by Richard Marsham

One of the most popular men in the community, Mr Sim died after a short illness in April this year.

Mr Birrell, who also runs The Original Alternative shop on The Traverse, in Bury St Edmunds, which specialises in herbal supplements and cannabis oil products, decided to take the business on - for his local community.

Katie’s mum, Sue Garwood, also helps out at the new store.

Ben and Katie inside the shop. Pictures by Richard Marsham
Ben and Katie inside the shop. Pictures by Richard Marsham

“It’s an exciting new adventure and great to keep the shop going,” said Mr Birrell, 42, who is also chairman of Ixworth Parish Council.

“I have always enjoyed food and wanted to make sure the shop stayed open for the local community.

“We’ve decorated inside and out but also kept some of David’s equipment and showcased it on the wall, along with an article he wrote for the Bury Free Press 10 years ago in the midst of the beef crisis.”

Ixworth Butchers and Fine Foods now sells a range of food and drink products, including meat products, as well as fruit and vegetables, fresh bread.

David Sim ran the original butchers shop for more than 30 years.
David Sim ran the original butchers shop for more than 30 years.

Specialist fine foods include cheeses, seafood, pâtés and sauces, fine wines, spirits, beers and ciders.

“Around 60 per cent of our stock is sourced locally from around Suffolk and Norfolk and people will recognise a lot of the names,” added Mr Birrell,

“We’ve had some great feedback from customers and got off to a good start.

“We’ll be starting meat boxes and deliveries next month for orders from our website and are now also taking orders for Norfolk Bronze Turkeys for Christmas.

“We had a quiet opening last week for local residents so they could see the shop first and are delighted to keep the shop running for the community.”

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