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Macey's Organic FoodMacey's Butchers,
Macey's Organic Food
A Piece of History
There has been a butcher's shop on the same premises in Lower Road, Cookham Rise since 1888. Keith Macey established his business 20 years ago and set out from the start to provide fine organic meat and poultry that would be a cut above the rest. Since that time Macey's Butchers has appeared in various newspapers and magazines and on television, as well as winning numerous awards in the industry.
"Mr Shackle went to Holland in a Barge to see the King"
At the turn of the nineteenth century the butcher's store, a grocers, a laundry and a boot-mender's shop stood solitary among open fields; four converted cottages that began to find business among the smattering of cottages and new villas springing up in Cookham Dean and Cookham village. Local children played in the dusty road and sang a ditty: "Mr Shackle went to Holland in a Barge to see the King". Mr Shackle was the laundryman; Mr Holland the grocer; Mr Barge the butcher; and Mr King the boot mender.
Keith Macey has been a butcher for over forty years. He witnessed the downturn in animal care and meat quality when he started his business, and felt that these two issues were inextricably linked. On his arrival in rural Cookham in 1988, a century after the founding of the butcher's shop by Mr Barge, Keith made it his ambition to source his supplies from farms where animal welfare was a first priority and animal feeds were free of nitrates and other unnatural chemicals. He set out to be "green" when green was not only unfashionable but virtually unknown. Today we understand much more about what we eat but we don't always have the opportunity to enjoy meats free of additives such as Mr Barge took for granted. Keith Macey has made it his business to preserve the old traditions, and in addition to supplying additive-free organic meats he has introduced gluten-free and low-sodium products to cater for contemporary market demand.
More than Just Meat
But there's more to Macey's than fine organic meat and poultry. Keith Macey has worked from the start to present meat in new and different ways, matching marinades and subtle sauces to introduce a wide range of gourmet foods. His recipes have appeared in magazines. The rich and famous flock to him from near and far, brought by word of mouth.
Service with a Smile
Today, Keith Macey's shop stands proud in a bustling community, and he maintains his high-quality service and always has a friendly smile to welcome customers. "People don't just come in for food; they pop in for a chat or a bit of advice," he says. "It's always a pleasure to help." Today, Keith has a number of assistants who make sure that everything is packaged perfectly and delivered on time.
Cookham is a charming old-world village in the heart of Berkshire, on the Thames between Maidenhead and Marlow. It is the birthplace of Sir Stanley Spencer (1891-1959, a renowned British Artist and member of the Royal Academy. You might visit the Stanley Spencer Gallery, which is a small but fascinating gallery devoted to the artist. There are fine restaurants and pubs where you can dine out in style, and of course the River Thames.
Creation date : 13/09/2008 @ 23:36
Last update : 13/09/2008 @ 23:36
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