Otley Shop Heroes: Geo. Middlemiss & Son
3 Market Place
Tel: 01943 462611
For over 130 years now five generations of the Middlemiss family have been providing the townsfolk of Otley with award winning meaty treats from their own Manor Farm in nearby Askwith.
First established in 1881 by John Middlemiss, the present owners great, great grandfather from a stall in Otley Market Place (canny even then, by claiming the pitch under the gas lamp they could trade until 9pm) the business moved into the present premises in 1900.
Dan the mini-moto restorer, scuba diver Martin, vintage Triumph Tiger riding Tony and tri-athlete Peter are the shop staff today are all helped by 2011 Institute of Meat national Young Apprentice of the Year Andrew, who recently had lunch with Princess Anne as he picked up his award at the Butchers Hall, Smithfield, the second student of Middlemiss know-how to get the award.
In between award ceremonies and polishing their array of trophies and plaques for their quality products, the Middlemiss family have found time to keep company with Clarissa Dixon-Wright and Rosemary Shrager of Swinton Park to pass the TV cooks a few tips.