Chances are if you have visited our Butcher’s Counter in the Farm Shop you have either been served by Steve or Alun, as they are our team of expert, award winning, butchers who are always on hand to answer any questions you have about the meat that they have put on display that day.
Steve James is the Butcher Counter Manager and has been with us at Rhug for almost three years. Previous to working at Rhug he worked in Hawarden Estate Farm Shop, Vernon’s Butchers and prior to that he worked with his dad on the Butcher’s counter in Kwik Save in Llay, Wrexham.
Steve was brought up around the butchery business as his dad had five shops and it has always been Steve’s great passion to get great animals and produce the best from them. The most rewarding part of the job at Rhug for Steve is recommending something to a customer and they come back to tell you how nice is was. In his spare time Steve enjoys shooting and spending time with his family. His eldest son is about to go in to the RAF and his youngest son enjoys fishing with his dad.
Alun Jones is Steve’s assistant and has worked at Rhug for almost 13 years. He started as a store man but 12 months after doing that job he was asked to start on the Butcher’s Counter as his background was in catering and cooking. Alun worked in the chocolate factory in his home town of Dolgellau for 12 years previous to joining Rhug. In his spare time Alun played rugby for Dolgellau until a few years ago. Now he plays golf when he has any spare time away from his young family. Like Steve he enjoys displaying the meat on the Rhug Butcher’s Counter in the best way to make a good show for customers.
We weren’t kidding when we described Steve and Alun as our Award-winning Butchers. At Vernon’s Steve won the ‘Best Butcher in Wales’ Award in 2005/06 and during his time at Hawarden Estate Farm Shop they won Best Farm Shop in Britain in 2010. He also won the ‘Best Pie in Wales’ Award for his homemade steak and ale pies. He won that Award two years running. Alun was also awarded the CLA’s ‘Butcher Wales Champion’ in 2013.