Gabriel Stewart first opened his doors to trade as a butcher on Darling Street, Enniskillen on the 19th October 1979 after learning his trade locally and in Dewhurst’s, London. After 17 years of trading, Gabriel his son Shane and four other employees made the move to their new spacious premises on Church Street, Enniskillen. Today there are 20 staff employed at Stewarts, a delicatessen has been added and it is a nationally recognised award winning butchers shop whose name is synonymous with tradition, quality and a family friendly service.
After almost 50 years of being a butcher Gabriel retired on Christmas Eve 2011 leaving the family business in the very capable hands of his son Shane. Shane started learning the knowledge and skills of butchery as a young boy he recalls one of his first jobs was cutting the stew. Over the years he has learned from his father that you do not compromise on traditional butchery methods or quality. Stewarts believe their customers deserve the best and that their reputation relies entirely on customer satisfaction.
Stewarts shop is famous for its extensive range of locally sourced meats. All the beef and lamb is N.Ireland Farm Quality Assured, pork / bacon and poultry is carefully selected and purchased from local family run farms and businesses – “we pride ourselves on sourcing full carcasses, whole chickens and sides and middles of pork and beef rather than boxes of pre-cut meats. This ensures the quest for consistent quality and the craftsmanship of the butcher”. In response to customer demand and innovation the counter not only boasts the familiar meat products but a newly added game range – venison, partridge, pheasant, rabbit, duck, goose and quail, sourced from the local countryside.
Stewarts is well renowned for being a shop with great service and a friendly atmosphere alongside Shane his sister Kirsty and brother Emmett assist in the shop. Staff are always keen to provide the customer with great service, advice - be it on numbers or cooking tips. Stewarts strives to be innovative, listening to the customers and embracing development and change. Aisling embraced this change the space in the new premises allowed for a large delicatessen to be developed. Today the deli produces a variety of homemade foods from its own kitchen freshly cooked quiches, pies, scotch eggs, salads, heat and eat meals as well as cold meats including our prize winning honey roast ham. The kitchen prides itself in using meat from the butchers and local suppliers for all other fresh ingredients.
Over the years the business has amassed an array of awards and accolades for sausages, burgers, cooked hams, the UK’s Greenest butcher, three time winner of the Northern Ireland Butcher shop of the year - being the first butcher shop in any UK region to win three titles consecutively but the icing on the cake was the very prestigious and highly recognised UK Butchers shop of the year winner award in 2010 proving that Stewarts is really a cut above the rest.