DRAKE & MACEFIELD BUTCHERS has cemented its local field-to-plate supply partnership with farmers John and Alison Spensley and is now sourcing weekly supplies of prime beef and lamb from Manor Farm, Thorlby.

All cattle and sheep are raised completely naturally on the 560 acres of rich and lush pastureland farmed by the Spensleys,
guaranteeing the best quality meat that money can buy. Drake & Macefield buys only heifers, in line with a tradition first introduced by the late Jack Macefield many, many years ago.

It’s a philosophy that has served the business – and customer tastes – extremely well over the decades. The Spensleys raise British Blue and Limousin-cross heifers especially for Drake & Macefield. The meat from both remains highly popular,
with the cattle producing lean beef of consistent quality and a low proportion of bone and fat.

John explains:

We try to keep all our cattle out for two summers. It may be a longer process, but grass-fed beef is proven to produce a better quality, more tender meat.

Spensleys’ prime lambs are out of Texel ewes run with Suffolk rams, both extremely well known breeds used widely these

They produce lamb of excellent eating quality, with plenty of flavour, good husbandry is paramount throughout the production process. Manor Farm is registered as farm-assured and has to undergo rigorous annual inspections. This guarantees all aspects of animal welfare and environmental care.


Partner Richard Teal explained:

We remain committed to sourcing quality meat direct from local farms, at the same time making every effort to inform customers where the meat they eat comes from. We think it imperative that not only should we sell British-produced meats, but also those sourced locally at every opportunity. In this way, we can ensure full traceability and constant quality, keep down food miles and help to boost the rural economy by encouraging people to produce and purchase food locally and in season. This ethos is central to our whole philosophy.

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