Both from farming families, R&J was founded in 1978 by husband & wife team Robert & Jo Atkinson.
Now in its fifth generation, R&J is managed by their son Ryan; although as you can see above, Robert & Jo are still very much involved in the day-to-day running of the business.
With a 30 year history, R&J is a butcher with deep roots to the land. With their own Limousin & Charolais herds & an abundant farming heritage, they supply some of the choicest fresh meats & poultry in the north of England from their farm at Kirkby Malzeard, Ripon, in the Yorkshire Dales.
R&J is one of the few catering butchers in the country to maintain their own herds & an informal cooperative of suppliers who have all been chosen for their focus on taste, free grazing & animal welfare.
All their animals graze freely in open pastures; an approach which is not only much kinder to the animals but which also produces the highest quality meats, rich in flavour. That hard-won harmony with the land still lies at the heart of R&J’s ethos today.
Even their chickens run free! This natural lifestyle, free from the stresses and strains of intensive farming, results in the healthiest birds & chicken with a distinctive flavour.
Our chefs always source quality, local, great tasting meat & poultry for our menus – it’s what they’re passionate about. Whether you choose a collection of international Small Plates, a sharing platter between two or one of our My Plates or Brunches, all of our dishes include only the best quality ingredients.
Jason Wardill our Head Chef said:
“After spending time with Ryan and his team, love and passion are the words that spring to mind. His passion to provide the best possible meats, shines through in everything R&J do. It was seeing the quality of his lamb and beef in the Himalayan Salt Aging Room (which needs to maintain a temperature of the Sahara desert at night) that really showed me, just how much care is taken to produce such great tasting meats.
We source our Waterford farm beef, lamb, pork and herb fed chicken from R&J. Whether you try our Treacle Roasted Beef, Belly Pork Bites, Lamb Shawarma or Herb Crusted Chicken Salad we hope you can taste the difference & agree with us that they are definitely ‘a cut above’”.