Jason (32) and Garry Rendall (29), originally from Kirkwall, Orkney, took over the lease for the local butcher shop in Alva in June 2010 and have quickly received a reputation for the excellence of the pies they cook and sell in their shop. Both boys started their career in meat at Orkney Meat with both then moving to work at Williamsons, one of the local butchers. Jason then moved south and spent some time working with John Hill Butchers in Dunblane. He then did a short stint working in a butcher in Falkirk prior to opening his own shop in Raploch in 2009 and then also taking over the lease of the shop in Alva in 2010. Due to the downturn in the economy Jason decided to concentrate on the shop in Alva and the hard work of Jason, Garry and their staff has paid off as can be seen in the awards they have started to win.
So far they have entered two competitions and have won awards in both. They are extremely proud of their heritage and the excellent beef which is reared and produced in Orkney therefore the majority of their meat is sourced and purchased from their beloved island by an Orcadian livestock specialist and shipped south for slaughter and onward delivery to their shop. Many customers come into the shop just to hear the boys speak as they love the Orkney accent.
They make all their own pies, sausages, burgers, pizzas and their gold award winning St Magnus Chicken amongst others. This was awarded to them in 2013 by the Scottish Meat Federation. In April 2014 the boys entered 7 burgers into the Scottish federation burger competion and walked away with 5 more awards. The boys are also famous for creating the steak and buckfast pie and also the devil sausage which is made with some of the hottest chillis known.
They are always looking for new ideas and ways to introduce their produce to their customers. They also like to bring some fun into their produce and for Halloween they made a garlic and frogs legs pie, with the frog’s legs being on show on the top of the pie with a dash of red food colouring.
Following on from their success at the Scottish Meat Federation, they thought they would try their luck and enter the World Scotch Pie Championship, which is now in its 15th year and growing in popularity at an enormous rate.
The Rendall boys won silver in the hot savoury section with their steak, chorizo and black pudding pie, and to their surprise and pleasure they were awarded the silver award in the main event, The Scotch Pie contest.
The boys are extremely proud of their achievements to date, winning awards in their first year of entering competitions. You can be sure if you purchase anything from Rendall’s Quality Butchers you will be guaranteed that it has been made with pride from the very best ingredients they can source.
Their trade includes a mix of retail and wholesale to local restaurants and hotels.