This is not strictly speaking a farm…in fact it is not a farm at all, but the centre of our business in Barnstaple! Our little butchers shop can be found at 9 Butchers Row, Barnstaple, North Devon and we are very proud to be the only butcher currently on Butchers Row.
The famous Butchers Row in Barnstaple was created in the middle of the nineteenth century as part of the town centre redevelopment that saw the huge, still-existing, Pannier Market built.
For a century, through until the 1960s, the street only had butchers shops and was regionally and nationally renowned for the quality of its meat trade. But over the years all that changed and, as supermarkets took over, the number of butchers dwindled until the last one left a few years ago.
Top Meadow Farm opened at No. 9 Butchers Row on 2nd June 2020. An earlier opening had been planned but the Covid 19 pandemic delayed our plans to start the shop.
In the shop you will find our butchers Ross and Jimmy (more details can be found in the ‘Our Butchers’ section of the website). Both master butchers with many years experience in the trade, they thrive on selling top quality local meat and advising shoppers on how best to create wonderful, flavoursome meals. Our resident chef Janey works alongside them coming up with new recipes and ideas to further develop our range of products.
The shop showcases local, traditionally-bred, quality meat mainly from native breeds like Red Ruby Devon cattle. Where possible the shop sells organic produce but we guarantee all of the meat will be local, traditionally grown and ethically sourced.
During the ongoing pandemic the shop will do its utmost to keep customers safe and, as well as normal sales, will offer a “click and collect” or “phone and collect” service so that customers can order from the website and arrange to collect at a time to suit them.