Dovecote Buttery & Pantry Extension

On a cool spring morning,
the new Dovecote Pantry & Buttery
was officially opened


His Grace, The Duke of Buccleuch & Queensberry

The Dovecote Farmshop & Pantry
The Dovecote Buttery & The Pantry

The opening was also attended by The Mayor of Corby, Mr Anthony Dady, and the Mayor and Mayoress of Kettering, Mr & Mrs Duncan Bain as well as a good crowd of friends and regular customers.

Rob Bye welcoming his guest, Duke Richard.

In a welcoming speech, Rob Bye the proprietor, spoke of the family’s involvement in the Dovecote Farm for several generations and that the opening of this extension to their business was the result of the work of many people, not least of whom were his current staff. Rob also gave thanks to the architects and builders of the new building, all of whom, he said,

From left: Mrs Bain, Duncan Dady, Richard Cook Manager of The Pantry, Duncan Bain, Maxine Bye
From left: Mrs Bain, Duncan Dady, Richard Cook Manager of The Pantry, Duncan Bain, Maxine Bye

had to get along with Maxine, my wife and fellow proprietor, and as they did get along with her, they were obviously very good workers!”

His Grace, Richard, Duke of Buccleuch

Before cutting the – green – ribbon, His Grace, Duke Richard, spoke of the importance of entrepreneurial businesses and people like the Byes, in the sort of surroundings that Dovecote Farm is situated. Locally sourced food, well grown and well cooked were essential for the well being of the countryside.

A gathering of guests -champagne and canapes
A gathering of guests – champagne and canapes

Several of the suppliers, all local, were on hand to discuss their products. These included Dodson & Horrell of Thrapston, suppliers of Chudley pet food; Warner Edwards of Harrington, distillers of classic and fruit gins, and the Whistling Kite Brewery from Kettering. On show and for sale in The Pantry were breads and bread flours, fruit and vegetables, sauces and chutneys and a myriad of other delicious looking foods including their rather special handmade chocolates.

The Buttery has been redesigned so that entry to The Pantry from the Buttery, or vice versa, is seamless and very inviting.  With so much on offer, with so much careful lighting and with so much to see, it is difficult to show it all with pictures, so why not visit the Dovecote Buttery & Pantry and see for yourself how a pick-you-own-fruit-farm has come of age, very much a 21st century age.

Maxine Bye, nee Elliot
Maxine Bye, nee Elliot

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