Phil Frampton - Framptons of Bridport

Phil Frampton

I never intended being a butcher! I applied to be a trainee officer with P&O Ferries, but I never got a response. So when I left school I got a job as a trainee with Dewhurst’s and I also worked as a baker with Hussey’s for three years. I am married to Lyn and we have two children, Chris and Kirsty. I worked in this shop as an employee for 10 years, when it was McCarthy’s. I got the opportunity to take it on, which I did in 1993, and the rest is history…

It’s always been about being a traditional, high-class family butcher and we are known for our customer service; which is just as important as the products we sell.

Lyn Frampton feeding a lamb

Lyn Frampton

I am married to Phil and mum to Kirsty and Chris. Phil and I took on the business together and I have been keeping the books for about the last ten years. It has been quite an exciting journey!

Framptons is like one big extended family and that’s what I love about it. It’s a bit like we are another mum and dad to them all.

I am also very interested in healthy eating, so I enjoy the whole side of the business which is about knowing exactly where food comes from and how it is prepared.

Ben Follett - Framptons of Bridport

Ben Follett

I used to work at Normans as a slaughterman and I was there for 13 years. I have worked here for four years now and I am married to Kirsty.

What’s great about Framptons is that we sell quality meat and we are friendly – we always like to welcome customers with a smile.

Don’t be afraid to ask if you don’t see what you need in the cabinet, as we will always be happy to make suggestions, or prep something especially for you.

It’s a joy to come to work here and the customers are brilliant!

Jake Cort, Framptons of Bridport

Jake Cort

I am the youngster! I have been here for 18 months. I used to work as a butcher in Morrisons, where I trained and I moved down to Bridport from London.

I love it here. It’s a combination of the people I work with and the customers. Our regular customers are up for a laugh and everyone I work with is the same, I am the one who gets a bit of joshing, but everyone gives as good as they get.

My favourite meat is a sirloin steak and I love cooking and learning new methods of cooking from the others.

Adam Smith - Framptons of Bridport

Adam Smith

I have worked here since I was 15, when I was a washer-upper. I left for a couple of years to join the army, but it wasn’t meant to be, so I came back! I love meeting the customers and working with the team – it’s pretty much like family really. I love arranging the displays in the cabinets – that’s my thing!

Chris Frampton - Framptons of Bridport

Chris Frampton

I started after I did some work experience in Morrisons and Dad was kind enough to give me a job, so I have been here for seven years now. I did bits and bobs around the shop when I was younger, during school holidays. Now I do pretty much everything. It’s fine working with my mum and dad. I am a lot like my dad in saying: “Right, let’s get it done and let’s get it done right!”

Brian Osborne - Framptons of Bridport

Brian Osborne

I have been a butcher for 60 years. I have been working part-time here for 11 years. In fact I started butchering here in this very shop when I was 13!

I had my own shop for 30-odd years, in Skilling.

I remember when you would walk in here and the floor was paving slabs and the ceiling was double height. I am in charge of making the sausages, you have to make sure the mix is consistent – it’s a very important job!

Bruce Joy - Framptons of Bridport

Bruce Joy

I have worked here for 23 years now – I started straight from school. I did some work experience and then continued in the summer school holidays, then I got offered a job, so it’s been like a very long YTS scheme!

I love it that every day’s a different day; you never know what the next person is going to want, one sausage, a pork pie, or a rack of lamb. You don’t know if you are going to spend five minutes with a customer or 20 minutes – and we are happy to take the time to make sure everyone leaves with exactly what they want.

Colin Lloyd at Framptons of Bridport

Colin Lloyd

I have known Phil since secondary school, so that’s 40-plus years now. I used to drive for Axminster Carpets and then I drove the minibus for Chancery House and I helped out with Framptons at weekends. Now I still drive the Framptons delivery van, but for three days a week I am the pieman, making all the fresh pies and pasties, which is really enjoyable!