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About us

The Owen Taylor story

Owen Taylor, the great grandfather of our current Managing Director, Richard Taylor started the business in 1922 at Chestnut Farm in Somercotes. At this time the family business operated as a farm supplying its own abattoir on site. This abattoir then supplied the local Owen Taylor retail shops in the Leabrooks, Alfreton, Somercotes and Riddings villages. The reputation of the business was built on providing local high quality meats, home produced sausages and pies baked on site.

The abattoir was later moved to the current site at 27 Main Road, Leabrooks when Chestnut Farm was outgrown and the retail shops became a hugely successful concern.

In 1977, Owen Taylor’s youngest son, the late John Taylor, took over the business upgrading and expanding the wholesale and contract catering side of the business. In 1992, grandson of Owen Taylor, Richard Taylor took the position of Managing Director and developed the business into its present updated, forward thinking company that we have today.


Today's business


Owen Taylor has continued to grow year on year.

Today we are a business providing the retail, online and catering markets with high quality, locally sourced fresh meat and meat products.

Owen Taylor still purchases the majority of its products as livestock from local “Farm Assured” farms in the Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire area. Other livestock has been routinely sourced from neighboring areas including Staffordshire, South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Rutland to satisfy our customers from the wider region.

As from the company’s earliest days, we hand pick the finest animals and have them slaughtered at local abattoirs before they return to us as carcass meat which gives us full control of our product, its quality and its traceability from farm to plate.

We pride ourselves in our quality, our people, our high levels of food safety and levels of service to our valued customers which we believe are second to none.