Macken Brothers take over at Selfridges

Chiswick butcher’s Macken Brothers has been appointed to run the prestigious meat counter in Oxford Street department store, Selfridges. The concession was opened today, only a week after the store announced it had terminated its contract with the Food Hall’s previous concession owner, Jack O’Shea.

Family-run butcher’s Macken Brothers was established in 1960 and is run by Rodney and Jim Macken, sons of one of the founding brothers. In addition to the retail shop, the butcher’s catering business serves over 100 restaurants a day, including several Michelin-starred restaurants.

Owner Rodney Macken said: “We are really excited to be talking over the helm of the butcher’s counter in Selfridges Food Hall. It is a great honour to be part of such an incredible food emporium, offering the best of the best. We will provide professionalism, expertise and passion for our products, delivering Selfridges’ customers exceptional prime cuts of the best in seasonal British meat.”

Ewan Venters, Selfridges Food director, said: “We have always held Macken Brothers in high regard; with an enviable client list and an astounding heritage in butchery, they were our natural choice to be the new butcher’s concession in the Selfridges Food Hall. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship.”

Last week, Selfridges announced that it was terminating its contract with previous incumbent, Irish butcher Jack O’Shea, on the grounds of “repeated non-performance and non-compliance of strict Food Hall health and operational standards”.

The news followed an incident at Christmas, when O’Shea came in for a barrage of criticism after it was revealed by the Evening Standard that the meat counter was selling foie gras to shoppers under the code name ‘French fillet’, in contravention of a strict Selfridges policy banning the product. He was escorted from the building on Christmas Eve.

O’Shea has been considered one of the rising stars of the meat world, supplying some of London’s best-known restaurants, as well as Heston Blumenthal’s Michelin-starred restaurant, the Fat Duck. Following the success of his Belgian shop and the opening of a store in Knightsbridge, the Jack O’Shea concession at Selfridges opened in November 2008.

>Ocado bans foie gras