“The only one (important) thing is expertise and quality and service. And that is something that supermarkets cannot compete with”
Michael Charles Drew Patterson, Ringwood Family Butchers
Based on his more than 6 decades of experience, Mr. Patterson considers his business thrives on something supermarkets cannot offer. A month and a half after the Tesco scandal on invented farms labels, the Ringwood butcher warns against another alleged supermarket trick.
With 116 years of history, W. Patterson Family Butcher stands as the oldest family run business in the town of Ringwood, Hampshire. Located on High Street, it draws regular customers such as Julye, who has been shopping here for over a decade.
Mr. M.C.D. Patterson, 75 and partly retired, has entrusted the business now to his sons and daughter. Also, 4 of the butchers working in the shop have been with the business for over 3 decades.
He is still active himself in the shop, and the decades of experience show when he interacts with his customers. He chats and shares his experience and his family business history with everyone interested in knowing it.
This is how we learnt W. Patterson Family Butcher is the oldest running family business in town.
Butchers history started in 1900
The history of W. Patterson Family Butchers started with two brothers, William and George, moving away from home. They did not get along with their step mother. This brought them to Bournemouth first, then Ringwood.
At the time, 10 other butchers were running businesses in Ringwood, according to Mr. M.C.D. Patterson.
William’s first shop was just across the market place (today, Furlong Shopping Centre and car park). In 1917 he moved it to the current location as a better option. On this side of the High Street, the sun never shines. The perpetual shade helps keep the meat and the fridges protected from the heat.
Advices on cooking juicy ribs
We asked Mr. Patterson and one of his butchers for advice on how to cook the best, juiciest ribs.
Mr. Patterson advised for a quick option:
- marinate the ribs in coke;
- put them in the microwave for 20 minutes;
- eat up to your ears in front of the telly.
Butcher serving in the shop advised for a slow cooking option:
- put some water in an over tray, under the grill grid;
- place ribs on the grill grid, and pop them in the over for 10 minutes at higher temperature;
- reduce the temperature and cover the meat with foil;
- slow cook for about 1 hour - 1 hour and a half, depending on the oven;
- enjoy tender meat coming off the bones.
Watch the whole video interview below, with more details on Mr. Patterson’s life story.
Listen to how he was a butcher on board of Queen Elizabeth transatlantic, and he managed to get $200 dollars tips from a very rich lady.