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Robinsons butchers in Vickers Lane

by Ruth Gatenby

The shop in Vickers Lane

The shop in Vickers Lane

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Louth is well-known for having several excellent butchers’ shops. Sadly the butchers at M N Robinson & Sons retired at the end of December 2016.

The business in Vickers Lane (the little road opposite the Post Office) was established by Markham Robinson in the 1940s. Initially the shop occupied premises on the western side of the road, but after redevelopment of the street 38 years ago, they relocated across the road to the present site.

Business such as this play a valuable multipurpose role in the community. Robinson’s provided high quality meat products from named farmers, an interesting selection of traditional products such as pheasants and rabbits, and cooked dishes freshly prepared on the premises. Just as appreciated, was their friendly customer service, part of the knowledge network in the town, and providing an informal support service particularly to elderly and vulnerable customers.

As I walked out of Robinson’s shop for the final time carrying a bag of chilled meats and clutching warm custard tarts, I was reflecting on the value of personal service. Thank you Philip, Richard and Paul for being there for us. We will miss you.