Behind every great menu is a great chef, who cooks with only the best ingredients. At the Greyfriar we pride ourselves in the quality and provenance of our ingredients, so we think it’s important to share some information about our suppliers with our customers.
Mark Turner and Daughters Quality Butchers
Established since 1987, Mark Turner is part of the third generation of butchers in his family and follows in the steps of his grandfather, Alfred Turner who opened a shop in North Lane, Aldershot in 1956. Initially traded as Mark Turner Quality Butchers until his daughters, Lauren and Sophie, were born. As a proud dad he renamed the shop, Mark Turner and Daughters Quality Butchers.
The shop wouldn’t be what it is now without the support and effort of his wife Jane who regularly helps during busy periods. She also makes the shop’s famous homemade coleslaw.
Sole Butchers of Alresford
Our other butcher is a family owned business located in the historical market town of Alresford in the heart Hampshire’s watercress country. John Sole started his training as a butcher in Selborne, Hampshire in 1960, moving later to Lindford near Bordon. Some years later he moved back again to Selborne to start his own business with his brother. In 1989 Mark, his son joined the family business and they moved back to Lindford to open their own shop. After three years, they sold the shop and moved to Four Marks near Alton, and then in 1994 moved the business to Alresford where they have been serving the local community ever since. Sole Butchers of Alresford is not only known for their range of quality farmed meat and poultry, but is also well regarded for their range of fresh game. Mark also provides our meat raffle.
Blackburn & Haynes Ice Cream
Blackburn & Haynes ice cream is made on a family farm using the milk from their own pedigree Jersey cows to produce award-winning ‘Meadow Cottage’ farmhouse ice cream. Other products include: natural unpasteurised double cream and raw whole milk, animal product-free fruit sorbet and sucrose-free ice cream, suitable for diabetics. The farm also runs a Jersey/Hereford cross herd for beef production.
The Christmas Bakery
Established by their Great, Great, Grandfather James Christmas in 1860, the business started as a bakers, grocers and butchers and since its opening has been run by successive generations of the Christmas family.
Today, the 5th generation of the Christmas family operates the business just as a bakery. With two bakery shops, in Ash and Worplesdon, which still adjoins the bakery, they also have a large wholesale customer base, delivering our range of breads, cakes and pastries to restaurants, pubs, sandwich shops, tearooms and a range of other retail outlets across parts of Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire. Combining quality ingredients and traditional recipes with a passion for baking is what gives the breads their unique appearance and flavour. Their experienced bakers, bake day and night with pride and passion to ensure their delivery vans are loaded with delicious, fresh products for our customers to enjoy.
Despite its relative youth, this coffee house has developed in to a place where people from all over London, from all walks of life, come to meet. Everyone from students to successful entrepreneurs, actors, doctors, and nurses frequent our house.
Since 1698, when the London coffee house cemented itself as the quintessential melting pot of political, philosophical and creative debate, independent businesses have competed to serve the best cup of ‘syrup of soot and essence of old shoes’.
Today, no more will ‘essence of old shoes’ satisfy our discerning palettes, but the vibrant social scene has remained as popular as ever. They opened Theirdoors with the aim to recapture the spirit of coffee houses of old; offering the best coffee and best service we can.
The Cheese Stall
Dealing directly with producers where possible, located from all over the United Kingdom and Europe. Giving them confidence in quality, consistency and price.
Having this vital communication with small producers also helps them to understand and communicate information to their customers, such as processes involved in production, the regional and cultural differences in techniques of production and the seasonal effects and trends that affect our product.
Their ethos as a company is a simple one… to stock cheese that is traditional to the place of origin, this way we help protect the great history and roots of this fantastic product!