Our team


Rob Rattray (owner)

Rob Rattray established the business in 1991 and is a first generation butcher.    As a young boy his interest was in farming but with limited opportunity and to “fill-in-time”,  took a holiday job at a  local butchers shop and soon got the taste of money and there it all started.   There he served his  apprenticeship before moving on to manage a local  butchery wholesalers where he learnt his business skills. Since opening its doors in 1991 the business has expanded and developed and Rob is now able to combine his interest and knowledge of farming with butchery to produce and select the highest quality stock for his business.

“I am proud to have established my own butchery business serving my community with a quality product, supported by a quality service.”

  • C.I.E.H. Level 4 (Advanced) Award in Managing Food Safety
  • Completed Meat Managers Hygiene & HACCP Retail Butchers Course

Paul Rowbotham (Shop Manager)

Paul was one of the “assets” Rob acquired when he bought the business in July 1991.   Having worked for about 6 months for the previous owners, Paul has  remained loyal to the business ever since and has seen the business grow and develop since those early days.  He is highly trained and experienced in butchery skills  and over the years has got to know all the regular customers and their tastes.

  • C.I.E.H. Level 3 Award in Managing Food Safety (Intermediate)
  • Completed Meat Managers Hygiene & HACCP Retail Butchers course

“After 25 years working with Rob, I think I understand his ways by now! We work well together as a team.  I enjoy meeting the customers and love the banter we have in the shop!”


Dennis Griffiths

Dennis joined us in 1997 after training as a butcher and gaining much experience in supermarket butchery.    He is a valued, reliable  and loyal member of the team and although a man of few words, he says “We have great confidence in our product and it is satisfying to know that we can offer our customers the very best in quality.”

  • C.I.E.H. Level 3 (Intermediate) Award in Managing Food Safety


Gwilym Jones

Gwilym joined us in the summer of 2015 and is a local welsh speaker who learnt his skills in the butchery trade when he worked as a young lad with Owen J Davies in his Northgate Street butchers shop.   On OJ’s retirement, he left the trade and was for many years employed as a groundsman at Aberystwyth Golf Club.   He is a valued member of the Aberystwyth Rowing Club team regularly participating in the Celtic Challenge,     Gwilym  works at both the shop and the butchery unit and is challenging  Rob and Mathew with his sausage-making skills!

C.I.E.H Level 2 Award in Food Safety for Manufacturing

“What I like about my job is the variety of work involved.   I love meeting customers in the shop.   I’m getting the “hang” of making the sausages now and I’ll soon be better at it than the others!! .   No two days are the same and you never know what’s going to happen next.”

Dennis Hodges

Another Dennis!!   The new year of 2016 brought with it new blood and new ideas when Dennis H joined the team.   Dennis, who had spent many years holidaying at Borth, made the move to Aberystwyth on a permanent basis.    He is an experienced butcher,  having worked for many years in the butchery retail trade and processing industry in his home town of Hereford.   He brings with him many new ideas and skills and is already proving to be a valued member of the team.  

“I’m enjoying being back in a butcher’s shop again.  I like meeting customers and get satisfaction from my job.   I already feel part of the team here at Rob Rattray’s.  They’re a good bunch of lads “

Ceredig Morgan

Ceredig is the most experienced of the whole team and is considered to be “the wise old head on the block”, with his calming influence and wise advice!    He has a lifetime’s experience in butchery and catering, having worked at the Shop for many years with the previous owner and has continued working for Rob Rattray on a casual basis over a long period of time..

  • C.I.E.H Level 2 Award in Food Safety for Manufacturing

Sheila RattraySheila Rattray

Rob’s wife Sheila, is responsible for the administration of the business and although the office is her domain, she is adaptable and is often found at the retail shop, unit or the farm assisting wherever the need arises.

  • C.I.E.H. Level 3 Award in Managing Food Safety (Intermediate)
  • Completed Meat Managers Hygiene & HACCP Retail Butchers course

“I like to think that we all work together as a team in an effort to offer our customers the very best in service and quality”


“I value the loyalty and commitment of all my staff.   ” says Rob