Kosher butcher shuts in Il­ford


A RED­BRIDGE kosher butcher has closed af­ter more than four decades of trad­ing.

Il­ford Kosher Meats, whose premises were op­po­site Il­ford Syn­a­gogue in Bee­hive Lane, shut up shop just be­fore Pe­sach, leav­ing cus­tomers look­ing to the area’s other two kosher butch­ers for their sup­plies.

The clo­sure, fol­low­ing the re­tire­ment of owner Brian Brown, was a sad loss to the com­mu­nity, said Il­ford Syn­a­gogue chair­man Mau­rice Shear.

“We’re not ex­actly over­flow­ing with kosher butch­ers, so it’s a great shame to lose one like this. It is par­tic­u­larly sad given that Il­ford Kosher Meats has been a fix­ture in the com­mu­nity for so many years.”

Rabbi Alex Chap­per of Il­ford Fed­er­a­tion Syn­a­gogue com­mented: “My fam­ily was among a band of reg­u­lar loyal cus­tomers, who will miss the ser­vice pro­vided by the shop. I don’t be­lieve the clo­sure re­flects any deeper malaise among the com­mu­nity when it comes to kashrut, as we still have a thriv­ing net­work of kosher food sup­pli­ers.”

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