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Refurbishment at butchers and bakery shop

Posted onPosted on 16th Jun

A Mansfield butchers and bakery shop is undergoing a makeover as the well-known family business moves into a new era.

Geoff Webster is marking almost 64 years in the town centre by renovating its shop on Church Street, Mansfield — and reopening on Monday, 4th July.

The homemade food products from Websters have been popular since the end of August 1958, when Beryl and Geoff Webster began the pork butcher and bakery business.

They prepared products in rented premises at the rear of shops in Forest Town and sold them on Mansfield Market.

In the early 1960s they moved the food preparation to the present bakery on Derby Street, Mansfield.
Websters traded on Mansfield Market, both outdoors and in an indoor food hall, for 47 years, and from the shop on Church Street since 1982.

When Geoff (above) died in 2001, Beryl took up the reins and the business expanded to also trade in the Indoor Market, Idlewells Centre, Sutton.

Beryl died in February 2015 and her daughter, Lynn, became the owner before earlier this year handing the business over to her three daughters and son, who together with her son-law, grandson and granddaughter, now run the family business.

The family said: “We are committed to Geoff Webster’s continuing as a true family business, providing our customers with the high quality of product and service they deserve.”

The business still uses the recipes that Geoff developed, with shoppers particularly liking the pork pies, sausage rolls and cornflake tarts the shop makes and sells.

Sue Rogers, operations manager at Mansfield BID, said: “This is great news for the town, having a well-established and loved business like Geoff Webster not only keeping the family business going but investing in its future. We wish them all the very best and hope to see them in the town for many years to come.”