Taret’s Offal Butchers

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.

A selection of delicious cuts ready to be delivered

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.

Opening Hours:

Mon – Sat: 9am until 4pm
Except on Wed: 9 until 11.30am (half day closing)

Private and commercial orders welcome.


2 thoughts on “Taret’s Offal Butchers

  1. In one of cousin Unwin’s more recent missives, he told me that he still likes to buy his tripe by the imperial yard from Taret’s. It’s good to know that there are still some places left in the world that will sell their offal and meat byproducts by distance as well as the new-fangled system of weight. Do pop him an extra sweetbread in his next order from me Les.

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