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About Marchants

Our mission is simple – to sell excellent products and keep the prices very reasonable for the quality.

Marchants.Co was founded by Alex Bensley, who has worked in the catering industry for many years, firstly as a trained chef and then as a successful restaurateur.

One of the first and most important things he learned was ‘a dish is only as good as it’s ingredients – quality is key’, and it is this principle that underpins the ethos of Marchants of Bethersden to this day.

Marchants was already a long established, award winning artisan butchers business in the heart of Kent, consisting of a lovely village based butcher’s shop and substantial cutting rooms. Now, with a fantastic team of traditional butchers, we are able to supply restaurants, top end steak houses, Michelin starred restaurants and quality gastro pubs.

Having expanded and beautifully refurbished the butcher’s shop – Marchants of Bethersden - many restaurant customers have also become frequent customers of the shop alongside a dedicated local following.

Noticing that people were travelling from much further afield to visit the shop, and the fleet of refrigerated vans was having to travel a lot further to fulfil orders, it seemed the next logical step was to go online and so Marchants.Co was born!

In 2019, Paul Webb, the manager who opened Marchants of Bethersden and managed the business, became the owner and proprietor. 

Since then, and despite the challenges of Covid-19 and the economic difficulties that both customers and businesses are having to navigate now, the shop has continued to offer high quality goods at the best prices.  Paul has expanded the repetoire of the shop to include a wider range of goods throughout.  A fabulous display of artisan gins and vodkas and a greater range of wine and bubbly are an eye catching moment alongside cards and gifts for every season and taste. 

Yet nonetheless, and most importantly, the quality meat and edible goods are the focus...daily baked pies, sausage rolls, scotch eggs set the aromatic scene in the mornings and the fresh vegetables, breads, cakes, cheese and dairy goods whisper a tempting tune.   

Each morning our butchers prepare a fabulous display of top quality fresh meat, with 'specials'  to ensure that choice is always on offer.  If its not there, just ask!  Our butchers are happy to help.

 We hope you will visit us and take the opportunity to enjoy Marchants atmosphere, but even if not please enjoy our on-line offerings.

With very best wishes and kind regards...

Paul Webb and the Marchants of Bethersden Team.