N W Roffe & Daughter really is a family business.
Anne Merchant is in charge now, but her grandfather started the firm and her father in turn took on the business.
When he died in 2006, Anne took over, working alongside her mother Frances and sister Linda Crofts.
Anne says: “I have been working here since I was little. We all have really.”
Anne’s husband Gary heaves the big carcases about, and daughter Gemma (16) helps out as does Luke (17).
The meat couldn’t be sourced more locally as Anne’s brother Paul rears the beef in the village, and the shop makes its own sausages, burgers and cottage pies. The bread and cakes are all produced in-house by Linda, with help from a couple of girls.
One customer at the time of our visit – teacher-turned-artist Geoff De Roux – told us he is organising an exhibition at Fleet Church on November 23 and 24 (and at Sutton Bridge church next August) as part of the church’s Arts & Crafts event.
The church will be open from 10am to 5pm both days.
Geoff exhibits his work at a few galleries, but it can be seen locally at the Silverwood Nursery tea rooms and restaurant at Long Sutton.