Brilliant butcher’s bangers are back

Andrew Frank of Frank Bros Butchers on Lincoln Road, Peterborough. Pictured with pigs trotters.

Andrew Frank of Frank Bros Butchers on Lincoln Road, Peterborough. Pictured with pigs trotters.

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There will be celebrations at dinner tables across the city after a family butcher has decided to bring back the bangers.

After a two year gap, Frank Brothers sausages are back on sale in Peterborough - and they are already flying out the door.

Frank Charles Frank and Leonard Alexander Frank

Frank Charles Frank and Leonard Alexander Frank

The family run firm had a shop in Peterborough city centre for more than 130 years before the Westgate Arcade shop was closed in 2014.

But now Andrew Frank (49) and his son Alex (19) have set up a unit in The Square off Vicarage Farm Road, Fengate - and the award winning sausages are being made again.

Andrew said: “I have always thoroughly enjoyed making the sausage, but not the rest of it - the paper work and the red tape.

“My eldest son Alex said he wanted to go into the business, so we have opened up on a smaller scale, opening four days a week.

“We have only been open for this week, but we already have orders flying out the door for next week too.

“When we were closed, people used to stop me on the street, in the supermarket, knock on my door to get the sausages back on sale.”

Queen Victoria was on the throne when Frederick Frank opened the shop in 1881 and it has since passed through four generations of the Frank family. It was thought to be the second oldest business in the city when it closed its doors.

Andrew Frank is the great grandson of Frederick Frank, who was born in 1856 in Wurttemburg in Germany.

He came to England in 1871 and settled in Boston, where he opened his first shop.

Andrew said: “I am training Alex now. It put a lump in my throat when he started. Ever since my great grandfather came to the UK all the first borns have had Charles as a middle name - every butcher has had it, so it is very pleasing. My second son, Nathan, is currently starting a plumbers apprenticeship, but hopefully one day he will come into the business.”

Andrew said that he had enjoyed his return to the butchery business.

He said: “I took some time out while the shop was closed - I had not had a holiday for three yeas, so I caught up with life - I taught my sons to drive, did some mountain biking.

“But when I came back for the first tim I enjoyed it. I like motorsport, and I said it was like going to a track, and setting a lap time, and then comingback a couple of years later and matching that time. I was on it straight away - I even shocked myself.”

Customers can be re-assured to know that the recipes for the sausages on sale at the shop have not changed since the old shop shut.

Andrew said: “We have the same pig supplier, and are using the same ingredients - it is all locally sourced and natural.”

The shop is open Tuesday to Friday between 9am and 3pm.