Butcher Danny Martin and farmer Luke Watson who now run Nose2Tail butchers at Piltdown.

Farmer and butcher join forces to run shop at Piltdown

Farmer Luke Watson and butcher Danny Martin have joined forces to take over Nose2Tail Family Butchers at Ashdown Farm, in Piltdown.

They aim to compete on Quality, Provenance and Price and have quickly ticked all those boxes for the fare they offer.

Luke, who farms in Burgess Hill, sees pigs, beef cattle and sheep through from birth to sale to customers.


He is pleased to be working with butcher Danny who has experience in wholesale, retail, and farm shops and who aims to bring the the best of all practices to Nose2Tail.

The price point is higher than supermarkets to reflect the quality, but not so expensive that people are put off becoming regular customers.

Danny can produce any cut of meat requested, large or small, and dress it in imaginative ways, see, for example, the Jambonette of chicken, in the Uckfield News picture below.


Nose2Tail butcher Danny Martin with a Jambonette of chicken.

This boned chicken is stuffed with sausage meat, marinated in rosemary and garlic sauce and wrapped in bacon. It then takes 40 minutes to cook.

Other offerings proving popular include stuffed breast of lamb and beef Wellington.

“We might fancy taking home some of these products ourselves but there are never any left at the end of the day,” said Luke.

Gammon, bacon and salmon

Nose2Tail beef is aged for a minimum of 30 days – the norm is 21 days – and they do their own smoking of gammon and bacon and even salmon too.

Danny makes his own pies and sausages and on the day Uckfield News visited sausages available included lamb and mint; pork, leek and chilli; pork and apple, and Cumberland.

There is a venison sausage too, produced in Fletching.


Another speciality is Danny’s Merguez sausage. Many different countries, including Portugal, South Africa and Morocco, claim this as their own but Danny, has his own popular recipe and he says he has improved on it further by smoking the finished product.

The business partners, who have known each other since their school days in Ringmer, sell eggs from Mac’s Farm in Ditchling because they like the ethos – chickens there are re-homed at the end of their careers – and they sell milk from Ringmer in glass bottles, with a returnable deposit on the bottles as in olden days.


Milk in glass bottles is proving popular for sale at Nose2Tail. Farmer Luke Watson is pictured with one of today’s bottles and an old-style pint bottle.

Read more about the range of produce offered at Nose2Tail Family Butchers in their Premium Listing in our Uckfield Directory and find out too about the boxes which can be delivered each week usually costing around £20 depending on any special requests added.

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