As a top wholesale butcher and retailer we are passionate about knowing exactly where the produce we are selling comes from. The shop in Boxted displays meat from Colchester Livestock Market and our own herd, local pork & poultry, a wide range of homemade Sausages & Burgers, as well as a wide range and stock of locally sourced fresh vegetables.
At the age of 20, John borrowed £100 from his mother and began his career in the meat trade. "JC" as he became known, bought chickens locally before killing them, plucking them and then sending them to market in London. They knew he was “Toby Coleman’s boy” and paid him promptly so he could buy more chickens to keep his fledgling business afloat. He worked hard all day, every day, and three times a week worked all night at the London market.
Building up his business with a livestock holding, John went round the country buying cattle, and now runs a herd of about 400 cattle. His expertise led to him becoming one of the countries most respected livestock judges, judging at Colchester’s Christmas Livestock Show, for now well over 25 years. He buys the Colchester Champions most years. It is not a money maker but a very symbolic message. “It says we are always trying to buy the best”.
John Coleman Butchers are very proud to be included as part of those committed businesses that supports the food chain that serves local produce to support local people and businesses.
As well as running a shop, John Coleman supplies a long list of wholesale customers, including local butchers, hotels, golf clubs, schools. At over 70yrs old and still enjoying his job, he has no plans to ease up on his hectic workload.