Appleton’s Butchers Open in Knaresborough

Appleton’s Butchers are delighted to announce that their Knaresborough shop will open on Tuesday 18th August 2020.

Established in Ripon in 1867, Appleton’s are best-known for their handmade pork pies, which have locals queuing round the market square. Appleton’s specialises in pork products like cured whole hams, sausage rolls, Scotch eggs, faggots and cooked meats such as roast ham.

The shop will be the fifth Appleton’s, which also has stores in Ripon, Wetherby, York and Boroughbridge. Anthony and Isabel Sterne took over Appleton’s ten years ago, and have continued to operate throughout the pandemic, hand making all their famous goods ready to bake onsite.

Opening a new store on the high street in the current climate bucks the trend of closures and redundancies being seen nationwide. The shop will create new employment opportunities and the owners hope that people will continue to shop local and support local businesses.

“We are so excited to be joining the Knaresborough community and look forward to welcoming local residents, who have been hugely patient whilst we have redeveloped the shop,” says owner Anthony Sterne. “Although currently we’re not allowed to have a big opening event, we will be inviting suppliers and friends on an appointment basis, so we are able to comply with social distancing measures.”

To celebrate the opening, local residents will be treated to 15% off their purchases on production of the launch flyer, and those following Appleton’s on Facebook will be given the opportunity to win a hamper to mark the occasion.

Having meticulously renovated the former Robinson’s Butchers over four years, it’s fair to say that the new shop has been a labour of love, with a huge amount of unforeseen challenges.

“The medieval back wall was bowing out and the whole building was in danger of collapse”, said Martin Sterne of Sterne Properties, who have managed the project. “The ancient timber frame was in a serious state of disrepair. We were committed to sourcing materials that were inkeeping with the original ones. Part of the building dates back to the 17th Century, so it was hugely important to us that it retained its character and integrity.”