Family owned Bruce Brymer is a rural butcher located in the small town of Brechin in Angus just off the glens. The business was established in 1986 by Bruce, Valerie & Gavin Brymer and employs 17 staff, eight full time and the remaining staff being part time.
Originally a fishmonger, it took six weeks for the family to redesign the premise to create an efficient butchers’ workshop with an onsite bakery, kitchens and front shop which has very much become part of the heart of Brechin.
They pride themselves on providing the finest of locally sourced produce, fully traceable from pasture to plate, from traditionally matured and tender beef, pork, lamb and chicken, to wild game including venison, grouse and pheasant when a sustainable season allows. Invermark estate is on their doorstep so they source everything through them for fresh game and work with many estates during the grouse and pheasant season.
Gavin Brymer, owner of Bruce Brymer Butcher, said:
“Working with local estates is a huge part of our business model and the grouse season can be as big and as important in terms of income generated as the other large yearly seasons including Easter and Burns, second only to Christmas. At the height of the grouse shooting season we will be working with up to five local estates. We will be taking orders from estate chefs and cooks to prepare meals for shooting parties which can be as large as 12-20 people, as well as suppling packed lunches for dozens of people a day involved in a shot day, be it the guns, the beaters and additional estate workers.
“During this period working with estates, our weekly turnover will increase by thousands so it is a very important business stream for us. We also see footfall through our shop increase significantly which is not only great for us but for the other rural shops and businesses in the area who rely on seasonal trade that country sports tourism generation during the winter months.”