Our History


Aubrey Allen a penniless orphan, opens his first shop in Hillfields, Coventry despite the backdrop of The Great Depression.

1939 -1945

6 years in, business is booming but with the outbreak of World War Two, Aubrey closes the shop and goes to war.


Post war rationing hits its peak and Aubrey pivots the business to a taxi service in the evening. Aubrey and his wife Gladys, grow the business to the largest fleet of Hackney carriages outside of London.

1945- 1951

Aubrey and his wife Gladys have three children during these years, one of whom, Peter is still chairman today.


The Allen’s navigate the strikes and hyperinflation of the 1970’s while successfully running seven retail shops across Coventry.


Peter Allen, the founders son, opens the butchers shop in Warwick Street, Leamington Spa as we know it today.


Aubrey Allen’s grandchildren Russell, Lucianne and Debbie Allen, all have part time roles in the butchers shop learning the family trade.


Peter has the vision to go into the food service market. With guidance from Raymond Blanc, Peter trains in European butchery techniques and learns about the benefits of dry ageing beef, bringing his knowledge back to the UK.


Russell Allen, Peter’s son and a trained chef, joins the family business full-time and elevates the Leamington Spa shop into a French style delicatessen with chef prepared ready-meals complimenting the butchery side. The shop subsequently wins Butchers Shop of the Year and Britain’s Best Delicatessen


Lucianne Allen, Peter’s daughter, joins Aubrey Allen following a successful career as a criminal defence barrister for 10 years. Lucianne focuses on education and apprenticeships as well as business improvement.


Aubrey Allen, receives the Royal Warrant and Russell Allen becomes Managing Director of Aubrey Allen


Whilst the country goes in to national lockdown amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Aubrey Allen Leamington keeps its doors open. Russell builds a team of local chefs and suppliers to provide over 16,000 meals to locals in need and the wholesale team launch a mail order branch to deliver meat around the country.


Aubrey Allen becomes ‘Planet Mark’ Certified by reducing Carbon Footprint


Platinum Jubilee Award Winners. The shop team receive the top award from the Q Guild of Butchers’ Smithfield Star Awards for its homemade Shepherd’s Pie after it was picked as the winner by Michelin star chef and restaurateur Angela Hartnett OBE.


Aubrey Allen celebrates its 90th Anniversary with events including the Festival of Food with special guest speaker Raymond Blanc and chefs from all over the country in attendance.

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