Mark is one of the original butchers at the shop. After talking to him, about his role, I have realised that he is much more than that! He is the shop’s unofficial Agony Aunt! Here’s Mark’s story.
I have worked at the shop since it opened in 2006. Before that I worked at Wettons Butchers. I worked there for 18 years, ever since I left school. Butchery is all I know. I live and breathe it.
When Michael’s Dad discovered me one lonely Thursday afternoon I was very excited. The Farm Shop seemed like a great move for me, as there would be more opportunities to develop my career. I prefer it at Welbeck as it is much more open for you to try new ideas.
I also like how my role has changed over the years. I now oversee other staff members in the shop and I enjoy having more responsibility. The shop keeps getting busier and busier and my role is changing all the time,
I love my job, I love meeting new people and I love hearing their secrets. People confide in their butcher like they would their hairdresser. Some days I am a butcher; some days I’m a shoulder to cry on.
I had the idea of making Mark the Agony Aunt (Uncle) of the blog. We could have a section called ‘Ask Mark’ or ‘Ask The Butcher’. You could e-mail me your questions and I could pass them on. I would probably keep your question relating to cuts of meat and the best ways to cook them, as I know Mark embarrasses easily but if you have any problems of a more personal nature I can ask him and see what he can do. What do you think?