To round off the promotional event we have had all this week on Twitter, we present the first of a series of items about the shops and business in the village.
The Taret family have been preparing and selling offal in Soddenham for almost 200 years. Seven generations of the family have run the business, which is now under the stewardship of Les, the great, great, great, great grandson of Arthur Taret, who set up the shop in the family parlour in 1826 and sold second-hand offal by the bucket through the front window. The Taret house eventually become a permanent shop in 1883 when Frank Taret first had the frontage replaced with a wider door and bigger window, and the parlour was converted into a butchery and sales floor.
The back rooms and upstairs each gave way to the demands of the shop over the years and the family eventually moved into a cottage on Fingerman Lane. The shop has been remodelled several times over the years, the last time in 1991 when the red and white striped awning was installed which caused quite a stir on the Main Street!
Under Les’ watchful eye, Taret’s Offal Butchers are the undisputed champions in the Offal Produce category in both the Dereham and the Swaffham Country Fairs for the last 16 years, an accolade that they are especially proud of.
Mon – Sat: 9am until 4pm
Except on Wed: 9 until 11.30am (half day closing)
Private and commercial orders welcome.