Who are you?
I’m Lee Roberts, the manager of Lingers Butchers on the corner of St Cuthberts Street in Bedford.
How did you get started?
I have been in the trade for years. My cousin was a manger of a butchers shop and when I left school I got my first job there. I then became the youngest meat manager in Sainsbury’s at 21 and when one of my bosses bought this place I came here. I have now been here 18 years. Even when the company changed hands five years ago, one of the terms from the new owners Lynn and Richard Manning was that they wanted me to stay.
What makes coming to the butchers special?
Everything here is homemade. We make our own sausages, our own pies all in house, and we source all of our meat locally and free range. It is also good quality produce. We offer something that the supermarkets can’t.
How have you seen the industry change over the years?
We have had some struggles in the past with foot and mouth disease and the bone-in beef scare which made for hard times, but we are out the other end now and doing extremely well.
What is your most popular product?
I would say it is our sausages. We have a huge range of them and we sell hundreds and hundreds of them a day, both to regular customers and businesses across Bedfordshire like pubs and restaurants. I don’t know what we would do without the sausage trade.
What is the biggest struggle for Lingers as a business?
The lack of parking here can be a real struggle as it can deter people from coming down this way. However we offer free delivery to ensure people can get easy access to our high quality produce.
What is your favourite thing about your job?
Meeting different types of people all day long. We have very loyal customers who come every day and have so many people come to see each member of staff here. It’s great.
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