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36 Grantchester Street

Serving the Newnham community for 100 years

In July 1913 planning permission was granted to J.R. Bennet & Sons of Gwydir Street to build 6 houses and 1 shop. The shop started out 1914 as the Granta Fruitery run by a Mrs Fuller, then in 1921 was taken over by Mr C.H. Rogers. It became a butcher’s under Mr C. Page. Jack and Una Cousins took it over in 1929, and it has been trading under this name ever since.

The public-spirited Jack and Una Cousins incorporated the fruit and vegetable business from Cooper’s the fruiterers across the road at 32 Eltisley Avenue, when the owner sold out in 1996.

In 2004 Tony Bales took over the management of the butcher’s. Following local tradition, he and his team are constantly adapting to changing tastes. They stock traditional British meats, their prize-winning sausages, as well as locally shot game, besides catering for Christmas turkey orders. In addition to fruit and vegetables, they have diversified their range to include cheeses, curries, delicatessen, Italian prosciutto and so forth. Their home-made steak and kidney pies are much appreciated. Their meat comes from carefully chosen sources and they support local vegetable growers.

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