Serving Wareham for nearly 70 years
B. Curtis Butchers has been an integral part of Wareham’s community for nearly 70 years, providing quality meat ever since Basil Curtis started the business back in 1951, insisting on selling only the finest quality produce he could buy.
So, when the order came from the government that many shops would have to close their premises in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, many of us feared that we’d have to go without some of the Curtis delicacies we’d grown accustomed to over the years. Homemade products like their sausages (with only the finest natural skins), dry cured bacon, pies, pates, faggots, black pudding and their liver sausage, to name but a few. My family think their sausage rolls are the best we’ve ever had, (and we’ve had quite a few in our time!).
However, while many shops have had to close, those involved in food production, processing, distribution, and sale and delivery have been designated as key workers and therefore asked to continue working. So it looked like the regular Saturday trip to Curtis’s was still on.
Nevertheless, Derrick, who now runs Curtis Butchers, had to make the decision that it was really no longer safe to allow people to come into close contact in the shop, which of course applied both to his customers and to the staff in his care.
Shop collections plus a free delivery service...
Fortunately for Wareham though, Derrick decided that he will try to continue his business in a different way: “We wanted to continue to serve our customers” he said.
So, with that in mind, he now invites customers to collect previously phoned through orders from the premises; and also, he’s instigated a daily free delivery service for those that don’t live too far from the town. His only stipulation for home delivery being that that it’s for a 5 mile radius only, that there’s a minimum order value now set at £25.00, and that payment will need to be contactless. Note that for older people who are self isolating, Derrick has advised that you ring to discuss your requirements.
Whether you want to collect from the shop (Tuesdays to Saturdays 7.30 am – 2.00 pm) or have your order delivered, you need to phone in and speak to someone at the shop on 01929 552478. Once your ‘personal shopper’ has checked and made up your order they’ll ring you back, requesting card payment if possible. A time and day will then be arranged for the order to be collected from the shop, or as mentioned above, sent to you on the next available delivery day.
So, thankfully then, we can still enjoy buying from B. Curtis Butchers, whose high quality meats and attention to detail have formed the key to their success everywhere, from local trade to nationwide accolades. And, despite all the obstacles at the moment, clearly their standards haven’t slipped given the comment this shopper posted on the Curtis’s Facebook page:
“These are the strangest of times. However some things are still the same. We ordered our Easter meat over the phone and collected it a couple of days later. No queue, no fuss just the usual first class meat and service. The quality of meat from this wonderful traditional butchers is exceptional. Wishing you all well and thank you.”