Everyone at the Weald Smokery makes their own unique contribution to what we do. What they share is a deep and abiding love of good food, an absolute commitment to quality, and a genuine desire to serve, help and delight our customers. If there’s anything we can do, or that you’d like to know, these are the people to talk to.
A qualified chartered surveyor, Andrew fulfilled his long-held dream of running his own food business when he bought the Weald Smokery in 1990. Under his ownership, it’s grown from a small shed with two kilns to a thriving enterprise with a shop, brasserie, production areas and nine kilns. Andrew remains very much hands-on, overseeing the quality of all our products and maintaining relationships with our wholesale and retail customers, many of whom have been with us since Day One.
Ian joined us in 1996, after 24 years in Catering with the Royal Air Force. Providing regular meals for large numbers of hungry people was the perfect background for his current role, which involves selecting and negotiating with our suppliers, managing all aspects of our production and stock, and overseeing our wholesale operation.
Jo very sensibly left her job in a bank to join us in 2005 as our shop manager – a role she shares with Hilary. She has a particular passion for cheese, and applies the skills she learned at leading dairy Neal’s Yard to ensure our cheeses are always perfectly kept and beautifully presented for our customers.
Hilary ran our local village Post Office and Stores before joining us in 2007 as our shop manager, in a job-share arrangement with Jo. Given her background, it’s no surprise that Hilary knows all our regular customers’ names, favourite foods, birthdays, pets…she’s also the person responsible for many of our beautiful shop displays, and even writes our roadside blackboards for us.