About Us

A little about the Clarkes family

Clarkes is a family business, established in 1982. We run a village shop in rural Leicestershire which began as a butchers but now sells an increasing range of delicatessen items.

Our Ready Meals business began in 1988 on a small scale and has been so successful that we now sell in a number village stores and farm shops locally, nationally and even internationally.


Having passed many times I stopped by yesterday and should have done before. As a retired Lincs farmer and friend of some in the Lincs butchery trade I’m pretty fussy about the pork products I like.
The biggest sausage roll I have ever had and it was great, and your pork pie was a mile better than anything I have ever had in the Melton area, nearly comparable to the very best of Lincs! Like the pepper, give them some more...
— Anthony, retired to Rutland
Your pork pies rival Dickinson & Morris. The pastry was crisp on the outside moist on the inside. The jelly was perfection, the meat coarsely chopped as I liked it, perhaps, being picky, a tad more black pepper which I believe D & M add more than most.
The Pork Pie shop in Melton just lost a regular customer.
Thanks for a great pork pie, will try your BBQ meats next
— Ken
I wasn’t remotely surprised to read in the Telegraph on Saturday that you’ve won a Telegraph Traditional Business regional award. Your ready meals are exceptional! ... I’ve eaten every morsel of your meals I’ve tried so far, I even resorted to mopping up what was left of the delicious gravy in the steak and kidney pie, with a chunk of bread!

Thank you, and please pass on my thanks to everyone involved in preparing these splendid meals.
— Sue from Lincolnshire
I successfully passed these off as my own (I am allegedly a good cook) and received great compliments.

I cooked for several people and by defrosting and moving several portions to my own dishes it worked really well alongside nicely prepared side dishes.
— Susan