This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 23/11/2017.
A new butcher’s has opened in East Croydon
The new butcher’s with an eye-catching shop front sells all types of meat.
An East Croydon off-licence owner has branched out and opened a new butcher’s offering at least eight types of meat and specialising in smoked cuts for barbecues.
Ramathasan Shyamalan has fulfilled a personal ambition in opening the Orchard Butchers, in Cherry Orchard Road with his “unique” shop front which has large meat joints on display in a “fridge room”.
The shop also has several smokers and will be selling freshly served meat with home-made recipe marinades.
Mr Shyamalan, 35, said: “I have been wanting to do this for a few years as there is no butchers in the area that is open to selling all meats.
“We were hoping to open earlier in the year as we are specialising in smoked meats for barbeques but it took a long time and a lot of hard work to renovate the shop.
“It is important that we are open before Christmas and I have made sure we will have a good supply of the best Turkey’s you will find in Croydon.”
Mr Shyamalan, who has run the Orchard Food & Wine store in the road for the last five years, has invested more than £15,000 into the new butchers which he will run with his brother and his wife.
After taking on the lease at the former Kando Properties estate agents in April, it opened its doors for the first time on Tuesday, October 31 and sells beef, chicken, lamb, pork, turkey, duck, goose and rabbit.
The owner has also applied for a second licence so they can package and distribute their own sausages and other meat to sell in shops, which he is expecting to start in the coming months.
Sri Lankan-born Mr Shyamalan, said: “We had the idea of trying to do two businesses at the same time and that’s the plan, to run the butcher’s but also package sausages and distribute them.
“Not many butchers here sell all types of meat like pork and so we feel there is definitely a market there and we will not be selling any meat more expensive than the butchers at the Surrey Street Market so people don’t have to go as far for their food.
“They will get better quality for the same price. We are doing different offers at the moment and just seeing what works and in January we will reassess things.”
The shop also boasts a striking shop front, with large joints hanging in the window below a bespoke wooden front boasting a wooden deer’s head.
“The shop front was my own unique idea, people don’t realise it’s a chill room until you walk inside the shop,” said Mr Shyamalan.
Orchard Butchers are doing a stamp system offer where for every five orders or visits you get 15 per cent off the next one.
Currently the shop is open from 9am to 7pm, seven days a week.