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R&J Yorkshire’s Finest is a butcher with deep roots to the land and an abundance of farming heritage. That hard-won harmony with the land lies at the heart of R&J Yorkshire’s Finest.

R&J was established in 1978 by Robert and Jo Atkinson, both from farming families. Inspired to build on the firm foundations provided by their successful cattle farming business they began supplying meat directly to friends, neighbours and local families. Word gradually spread and before long restaurants and country pubs from miles around were placing orders. Some of those early customers are still on the books today.

Its humble beginnings in a converted barn are now long behind it. R&J moved to a purpose built EU-approved cutting plant in 1992 and doubled in size less than 10 years later. In 2017 the factory was extended further to double in size once again to meet the growing demand of Yorkshire’s Finest produce.

Rob and Jo’s eldest son Ryan, who now manages the business, is the fifth generation of the family to be involved in farming. Rob and Jo are still involved and their unrivalled livestock knowledge and passion has led to the success of the business.

R&J continues to grow due to the unswerving focus on quality. Not only do we supply meats to some of the country’s best chefs and restaurants but R&J Yorkshire’s Finest is now also available to the public. Early in 2019 our new website was launched along with an online shop enabling people countrywide to buy Yorkshire’s Finest.

R&J is one of the very few catering butchers in the country to maintain their own herd as well as an informal co-operative of suppliers, who have all been chosen for their focus on taste, free grazing and animal welfare.