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RJ Balson's 500th Anniversary Celebration!

Posted by Oliver Balson on October 21 2015

On September 12, 2015, RJ Balson, England's Oldest Family Business and Europe's Oldest Family Butchers, turned 500 years old.  It was business as usual in the shop that day, and then the celebrations began!  That evening, The Bridport Town Hall was packed well beyond capacity as guests arrived from all over the U.K. and the U.S.A. for a night of fellowship, laughter, food and drink.  Here are a few pics from the auspicious occassion ...








Big News -- RJ Balson retail outlets across Texas!

Posted by Oliver Balson on July 24 2015

We are please to announce that RJ Balson Traditional Bangers and RJ Balson Back Bacon items are now in stock at over 30 Spec's locations across Texas!  We are thrilled to be working with Spec's and to be able to make our items more accessible to our many great patrons in TX!  THANK YOU for your support!  The following Spec's locations are stocking (please be aware that we do not have access to Spec's inventory -- you may want to call your local Spec's location to verify availability).


Houston              (Superstore) -- 2410 Smith St (@ W. Gray & McGowen)

                             (Bay Area) -- 1033 Bay Area Blvd (@El Camino Real)

                             (Wesleyan) -- 3902 Bissonnet


Tomball               (Town Center) -- 28595 State Hwy 249, Tomball Parkway

Katy                     (Katy Mills) -- 24417 Katy Freeway

Galveston            -- 2711 61st St, Suite 110

Atascocita            -- 7034 FM 1960 East

College Station    -- 1729 Texas Avenue South


Austin                   (Brodie) -- 4970 Highway 290 West

                              (Arboretum) -- 10515 North Mopac Express, Suite K


Round Rock         -- 201 University Oaks Blvd. Suite 600

San Marcos          (San Marcos South) -- 510 Barnes Drive


San Antonio          -- 5219 De Zavala Rd, Suite 101

Kerrville                 -- 1305 Sidney Baker, Unit F

Live Oak                 -- 14623 Interstate 35 North

Victoria                   -- 5108 N. Navarro

Corpus Christi       -- 5625 South Padre Island Drive


Killeen                     -- 2500 E Central Texas Expressway

Temple                    -- 3550 S. General Bruce Dr.


Dallas                       -- 9500 N Central Expressway #200

                                  (Preston Royal) -- 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 635

Plano                        (East Plano) -- 3404 North Central Expressway, #150 #200

Arlington                  -- 3909 South Cooper St

Forth Worth             (Hulen) -- 2750 South Hulen St

                                  (Eastchase) -- 1600 Eastchase Parkway, Suite 265

                                  (Bryant Irvin) -- 4720 Bryant Irvin Rd


Lubbock                    (South Plains) -- 6816 Slide Rd, Suite #12

El Paso                      (Lakeway Shopping Center) -- 7933 N Mesa, Suite A

                                   655 Sunland Park Dr., Suite F







"500 Years Behind the Block" book just released! Order on amazon.co.uk for worldwide delivery...

Posted by Oliver Balson on April 13 2015

Now on Amazon.co.uk and delivering anywhere in the U.S., a personal history and memoir by Master Butcher Richard Balson of RJ Balson & Son, the oldest family business in the U.K.! 2015 marks our 500th Anniversary -- order a copy of this entertaining read today -- Only £10 plus shipping!  All books purchased will be signed by the  author -- Master Butcher, and shop owner Richard Balson ... Sure to be worth thou$ands someday!


All the Best, The Balson family.

Merry Christmas!!

Posted by Oliver Balson on December 12 2013



From our family to yours, we wish you a Very Merry Christmas and New Years!

God bless you all, 

The Balsons

New Chicagoland Retailer!

Posted by Oliver Balson on July 23 2014

We are pleased to announce that RJ Balson has just partnered with Fresh Farms International in the Chicago area!  You can now find our Traditional Bangers (1 lb pack)  and Back Bacon (8oz pack) at Fresh Farms' north side location (Niles) .... 5740 W. Touhy Avenue.  


We are excited to work with the great people at Fresh Farms and hope to add our items to their other locations in the future.   Thank you for your support! 


The Balsons




"Balson Bangers" are Back on the Shelves!

Posted by Oliver Balson on February 13 2014

Watch the BALSONS on the BBC!...

Posted by Oliver Balson on January 17 2014

1 Hr BBC production on our butcher shop!...


We are pleased to announce that our butcher shop was featured in a 1 hr production on BBC4 as part of their 'HIDDEN HISTORIES, BRITAIN"S OLDEST FAMILY BUSINESSES".  In case you missed the show, please check BBC4 programming for times of the replays.  Also, we've been told that the full program has also been loaded onto YouTube.


You can also read more about the series from The Telegraph...




All the best!

The Balsons


Posted by Oliver Balson on December 08 2013

Please keep in mind our delivery schedule as follows:  With Christmas falling on a Wednesday this year, to guarantee delivery by Dec. 25th, orders must be received by 10pm, Monday December 16th.  All orders received on or before the 16th will deliver between the 18th and 21st of December.


Due to Fedex scheduling and Christmas holiday, we WILL NOT be shipping orders out on Christmas week -- all orders received after 10pm on Dec. 16th will ship out on December 30th.


We at Balsons would like to wish you a safe a and Happy Christmas and New Years!

May God bless you this holiday season and throughout 2014...


The Balsons 

USDA Approves ALL NATURAL British label

Posted by Oliver Balson on July 25 2013


We at RJ Balson & Son are excited to announce and introduce our newest "ALL NATURAL AUTHENTIC BRITISH STYLE BANGERS" label. Until recently, our All Natural Bangers have been approved under our Irish label, and so we are pleased to now offer our All Natural British label as well, which will be available in our online store in the near future! 

Bridport butchers come out on top as horsemeat scandal continues

Posted by Oliver Balson on February 26 2013


Bridport butchers come out on top as horsemeat scandal continues

8:30pm Tuesday 19th February 2013 in NewsBy Rene Gerryts

SHOPPERS in Bridport are turning back to butchers in the wake of the horsemeat scandal.

With concern growing about ‘criminal activity’ at the heart of the crisis, local traders say they are seeing an increase in customers who want to know where their food comes from.   Richard Balson of Balsons Butchers in West Road said they had been seeing and increase in customers.He said: “It has made people aware of what they are buying.  “It is all about traceability. We can trace form the farm shop to the butchers’ counter.  “If you buy convenience food for £1.59 it can’t be a lot of good stuff in it can it? It is just common sense.

“It is a wake up call for consumers and it has been good for us.”  Phil Frampton, of butchers Framptons in East Street, said he thinks local butchers could benefit in the long term.  He added: “If there’s a proper investigation it will do give us a long-term benefit.  “The UK is not self-sufficient and that’s why we import meat.  “But when supermarkets give away a bottle of wine and two so-called finest cuts of meat and dessert for £10, they can sell it cheaper than I can buy it for. “Around Christmas, one of the big supermarkets was selling topside of beef for £5 a kilo when we’re paying £7 a kilo for it.” Mr Frampton said there are information points around the shop so people can see where the meat comes from. He said: “We’ve been getting younger people coming in with children. People can talk to us behind the counter about where the meat comes from – the packet can’t talk, can it?"

Caroline Morgan, chief executive of Bridport Local Food Links which provides school and day centre meals said that they had always worked using only high quality ingredients and that all food is prepared by them from scratch.  We believe that the quality of our food is everything.  We don’t use any processed foods.These problems have arisen from buying in ready-processed meals.  We have got a good reputation and a great relationship with quality suppliers.  We believe that the meals we offer children are the closest you can get to cooking for them at home.  We order straight from our butchers, we know where that meat has come from and everything is put together when it’s fresh.  If you are buying frozen meals then basically you are trusting the label on the packet.  We hope that parents and schools can trust us and we are always happy to answer any questions directly. There is a feedback form on our website.”