Butchers wins veggies award

A Wigan family firm whose core business is butchery has been named one of the top borough food destinations...for veggies!

Monday, 22nd May 2017, 11:22 am
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 9:16 pm
Noel Chadwick's in Standish

The recommendation of Noel Chadwick’s in Standish on a Wigan Council website has been met with a mixture of delight, wry amusement and derision on social media.

But the listing as a must-visit haunt for vegetarians and vegans is done in all earnestness, on account of its in-house 1817 cafe-bar whose menu has extensive non-meat options.

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Its recommendation for Chadwicks’ reads: “Although this family business caters for meat-eaters too, Chadwicks’ restaurant is a firm favourite with local vegetarians thanks to its separate, extensive vegetarian menu. Say goodbye to only having a couple of things to choose from and step into a world of veggie-goodness!”

One online commentator quipped; “Just because somewhere sells a veggie lasagne doesn’t make it veggie friendly. Not when there’s a butchers and abattoir on site.”

And Siobhan Joanne asked: “How can a butchers be recommended as a vegan/veggie place?

“I’ve been in and walked out due to lack of veggie options!”

But director Paul Chadwick pointed out that the abattoir is no longer being used and those commenting must have missed what it was serving up in its eatery.

He added: “I can see that people might think it is a little ironic that a company founded as a butcher’s are getting such a recommendation, but we have to move into other niche areas.

“Our abattoir isn’t being used at the moment because it isn’t viable. And we have an extensive vegetarian menu and also do a lot of gluten-free dishes. We have to move with the times