Meet our Staff – Lynda
This week, the staff member we are interviewing is our Veg shop supervisor Lynda. We asked Lynda to share a little more about her role at the Food Village…
Lynda keeps our busy Veg Shop in order, helping customers and keeping the stock fresh. She knows a thing or two about fresh fruit and veg!
Q1) Hi Lynda, can you tell us what you do in your role in the Food Village Farm Shop and how long you have worked at Primacy?
I joined primacy food village in September 2006 when it first opened. In the farm shop I’m responsible for ordering the grocery stock and the delicious traybakes/biscuits, tasty jams / marmalades to the yummy sweets and chocolates. We have a great selection of tempting items in store, making sure all our local fresh fruit and vegetables is checked in and up to standard before being put out for sale.
Q2) What do you enjoy most about your job?
I can honestly say ‘I love my job’, I enjoy what I do and meeting new people and the regular customers that I’ve got to know over the ten years. Its always good to have a catchup and bit of crack with them.
Q3) What does a typical day look like in the Farm Shop?
A typical day is always busy whether I’m filling out stock, ordering stock, serving customers, making up our famous fruit baskets and hampers which are available to order all year round and are very popular your day flies in.
Q4) Primacy Meats is well known for offering fresh, local and seasonal produce. In the Farm Shop you’ll see the produce coming in everyday – which of the produce is your favourite and what would you recommend?
Yes everyday we take delivery of our local fruit and veg every morning. I love the smell of the fresh soup vegetables, there noting tastier than a pot of home-made vegetable soup.
Q5) What would you say marks out the Farm Shop’s produce as different from the bigger supermarket’s when comparing the fruit, veg etc on offer?
When you compare the likes of cauliflowers, turnips and savoys, the farm shop’s would always be larger in size fresh every morning and good value.
Q6) Finally, in 3 words how would you describe the Primacy Farm Shop?
I’d describe the Food Village Farm Shop as local, friendly and quality
Meet our Staff - Sam
This week, the staff member we are interviewing is Sam – the manager at the butchery counter at the Primacy Food Village. We asked Sam to share a little more about his role with us…
From poultry to paperwork, Sam runs a tight ship at the Primacy Food Village butcher shop.
Q1) Hi Sam, can you tell us what you do in your role as the manager of the Butcher Shop at the Primacy Food Village and how long you have worked at Primacy?
I have worked at Primacy Meats for just over 4 years. I started in one of the Primacy Meats Tesco outlets as Counter manager and then moved to the Food Village to manage the counter. My role is essentially to ensure the smooth running of the butchers shop area. I organise the staff, cut and prepare the meat for the window display as well as making sure that the counter display is A1 and ensure that the areas which are my responsibility are always clean, temperatures monitored etc. There is a fair bit of paperwork goes on behind the scenes!
Q2) What does a typical day look like on the Butchery counter?
A typical day for me starts at 7am. We start the day by cutting and preparing the meat and filling the counter display. Our aim is to get as much of the counter filled before customers start to arrive. The remainder of the day flies by in a flash as we are constantly serving customers, taking orders replenishing the counter and packing produce for the freezer displays. At around 4pm we start to wash down the butchery area. Ensuring the cleanliness of the shop and that set procedures are followed take up the remainder of my day.
Q3) What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love everything about it! I have always loved being a butcher - from cutting the meat to serving and getting to know our customers. I also enjoy the added responsibility of my management role and knowing that my skills and experience are being put to good use.
Q4) Primacy Meats is well known for offering fresh, locally sourced meat – what are the most popular cuts and meat packs with customers? And, as a butcher what is your favourite meat?!
The most popular cuts are pork chops, mince, steak pieces, chicken fillets, sausages and steaks. A lot of these items are available through our meat packs. The most popular packs are the Pick n Mix packs which range from £7 to £18. My favourite cut is the ribeye steak as I think that it has the most flavour.
Q5) For people who don’t shop regularly at the Food Village, what would you say marks it out from other shops locally?
I think our focus on quality local produce is what makes us stand out. We have one of the largest butchers counters in the whole of Ireland and stock an extensive range of meat products. The great range of quality frozen poultry products is also different from other shops as is the range of ready made meals supplied by our kitchen to the shop. The Food Village is essentially a one-stop-shop for quality produce. We aim to offer everything a customer could need to make breakfast, lunch and dinner…and if they cant be bothered they could visit the Tearoom and let us cook the same quality local produce for them! The range of ready made meals supplied by our kitchen to the shop is also something a little bit different.
Q6) Finally, in 3 words how would you describe the Butcher shop at the Primacy Food Village?
Fantastic range, Quality!
We have a great team of staff here at Primacy! From our butchers serving on the counters to our talented chef & cooks, the great team serving in The Village Tearoom and everyone else behind the scenes. Everybody working together is what makes the wheels run smoothly. Over the next few weeks we are going to introduce some of the team members and share a little about each of their roles. First up we have the lovely Nicki from The Village Tearoom…
Nicki is the welcoming face that greets you when you visit our Village Tearoom at the Primacy Food Village. As well as ensuring the Tearoom runs smoothly and our customers are happy, she also makes a great coffee and serves every customer with a smile!
Q1) Hi Nicki, can you tell us what your role in the Tearoom is and how long you have worked at Primacy?
I have worked in the Tearoom for almost 7 years. I am the Coffee Shop manager and my role is to ensure the smooth running of the Coffee Shop on a day to day basis and maintain its high standards.
Q2) Tell us what a typical day looks like for you.
Every day is busy! We start the day setting up the display, take breakfast orders and move on to lunch service before moving into Afternoon Tea time which is extremely popular… a great treat at a great price. No two days are ever the same.
Q3) What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy meeting lots of new people but I also really enjoy catching up with our regular customers. Its great to see families with babies now coming in as older kids for the kids meals.
Q4) Primacy Meats is well known for offering fresh, local and seasonal produce. Does the tearoom share the same ethos?
Absolutely the Tearoom shares the same ethos. All meat, fruit and veg comes from the Farm Shop. Local produce is very important. Our Tearoom also produces a great range of ready made meals for the Farmshop shelves as well as a range of accompaniments. If a customer enjoys lunch in our Tearoom they can then often purchase it in the Farmshop to take home.
Q5) The Village Tearoom always has a brilliant range of fresh desserts and traybakes – do you have a sweet tooth? If so, which of the sweet treats do you recommend?
I don’t have a sweet tooth but can always be tempted by a nice light and tasty Jammy Joey!
Q6) Finally, in 3 words how would you describe the Village Tearoom?
I’d describe the Village Tearoom as family friendly, welcoming
Find out more about The Village Tearoom here
Summer is over and the kids are back to school… Now it’s time to enjoy some well earned you time!
Call into The Village Tearoom after the school run and let us make you a well deserved breakfast treat. Healthy & indulgent are options available, including french toast, croissants, omelettes & frys. If you prefer a fresh scone with a great cup of tea or coffee we can do that for you too! Or even better, why not meet friends for lunch? Choose from our carvery or delicious cooked to order menu including plenty of healthy options!
The Village Tearoom at the Primacy Meats Food Village is one of those places that when you make your first visit, you look forward to it becoming your new regular spot! With a menu that stretches from tasty breakfasts to all types of lunches, the famous carvery, desserts and daily fresh scones – there is an option for everyone, healthy and indulgent! A well thought out menu caters for all tastes with a fresh home cooked approach, using the best of local produce when possible. Breakfast dishes like the traditional Ulster Fry, French Toast, omelettes and croissants ensure a great start to your day. At lunch time the tearoom offers a fantastic range of sandwiches and wraps along with cooked to order hot dishes and the very popular carvery – coming in sizes to suit any appetite. The menu includes delicious, lean and healthy options from our LOW FAT, FULL FLAVOUR range so you can enjoy a treat without the guilt! Kids are catered for too, with a homemade children’s menu that will suit even the pickiest of young eaters! The Afternoon Tea is a real treat and great value at only £12.50 for two! Perfect to enjoy with a friend.
“With a menu that stretches from tasty breakfasts to all types of lunches, the famous carvery, desserts and daily fresh scones there is an option for everyone, healthy and indulgent!”
The menu showcases Primacy’s meat products which are available in the adjoining Farm Shop, so you can try before you buy!
Come and enjoy a well earned treat… Find your new regular spot by visiting today!
The Village Tearoom
Primacy Meats Food Village, 26A Primacy Road, Bangor
Tel: 028 9127 0083
Mon – Sat 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
Breakfast served 9.30am – 11.30 am
Lunches served Noon – 3 pm
Afternoon Tea served 2.30pm – 3.30 pm
Tasty new products are coming to the Primacy Food Village!
This month we’ll be launching a new range of super tasty herb butters! At only £1.59 for 8 handy sized portions these little taste explosions are a real kitchen game changer! You can add wonderful fresh flavour to any meal in an instant. The flavours we’ll be trialling are Lemon & Chive Butter (perfect with roast chicken or fish), Garlic & Parsley Butter (perfect with anything but especially steak, roast potatoes or lamb!), Tarragon Butter (Perfect with sausages, steak, fish, roast veg/potatoes & Eggs!) and a Mixed Herb Butter (goes with everything but especially pork) Our herb butters will be available frozen and come already portioned. They’ll keep for months in your freezer and trust us, once you start using them you’ll wonder what you did without them! Look out for them in the Food Village available now!
‘Ready to eat’ Side dishes – NEW Range!
Also new this month will be a new and updated range of ready to heat up side dishes that will save you time and effort at meal times but will still deliver in taste, freshness and local quality! Our side dishes are made by our chefs on site and have been a very popular with our customers. Why not give them a go? Super convenient and super tasty! Look out for the new range on the shelves in the next week or two.
The Village Tearoom gets a New Menu!
We are excited to launch a new menu at The Village Tearoom at the Primacy Food Village in Bangor!
Our ever busy Village Tearoom launches it’s new menu from Monday the 9th March. Our tearoom offers up tasty dishes all through the day – you can enjoy breakfast, brunch, a light lunch, made to order dishes, our very popular daily carvery roast and everything in between! All our food is sourced locally and our scones our baked fresh every morning in house.
Also available is our deluxe afternoon tea for two. Made up of fresh sandwiches, scones with cream & jam and indulgent traybakes it’s a real treat at only £12.50!
Why not call in for a cuppa or a tasty bite next time you are at the Food Village.
Get a sneak peak at the new menu below!
Click link to view Tearoom New Menu
Our newest offer at our Primacy Food Village in Bangor gives our customers a chance to make big savings by buying our fresh local meat in bulk!
The more you buy, the more you save!
These bulk buy offers are ideal for those with growing families, athletes requiring quantities of quality lean protein or small catering businesses… now anyone can benefit from wholesale prices by buying in bulk.
We have a large selection of quality beef, pork and poultry cuts available and whilst the product is offered in bulk the our butchers are happy to slice the product down and pack in quantities that suit…. All free of charge. The produce is fresh and can be frozen.
On offer is the same great quality produce that Primacy Food Village always provides but at an even better price!
The cuts on offer include:
Whole Chump of Beef, 1/2 Sirloin, Whole Ribeye, Whole Beef Fillet, Whole Silverside, Whole Eye Silverside, Tender Steaks, Steak Pieces, Mince, Turkey Fillet, 1/2 Pork Loin, Catering box of Pork Sausages, 2kg Back Bacon.
EXAMPLE OF SAVING:
5 kg Chicken Fillet= only £22 – giving approx.20-22 portions
approx. SAVING: £15!
Call into the food village to find out more!
Now stocking Coconut oil at our Food Village!
At Primacy we aim to provide a great range of products and local produce. Recently we have been really impressed with the great taste and health benefits of Coconut Oil. As a result we are now stocking Coconut Oil at our Primacy Food Village in Bangor! Our customers obviously agree as we have already sold out twice! Not to worry, we have a large order arriving today to keep us well stocked!
The health benefits of coconut oil are impressive! It can help you lose weight, help fight infections lower your cholesterol and is a great source for those really important fatty acids! It can be used as a replacement for butter or cooking oil. You can bake with it, spread it on your toast, make wedges in the oven, shallow fry, add it to your scrabbled eggs and it is perfect for making curries! It doesn’t end with cooking and baking… Coconut oil is a brilliant moisturiser and skin healer! I can personally vouch for this! Listed below are a few of the benefits:
- It can reduce your hunger, making you eat less without even trying!
- It contains a unique combination of fatty acids with powerful medicinal properties.
- Populations that eat a lot of coconut are among the healthiest people on the planet.
- It can increase your energy expenditure, helping you burn more fat.
- It can kill bacteria, viruses and fungi, helping to stave off infections!
- It can improve blood cholesterol levels and may lower your risk of heart disease!
- It can protect hair against damage, moisturise skin and function as sunscreen!
Why not give it a go? You can find it our veg shop at our Food Village in Bangor.
Sunday 25th January is Burns Night – a celebration of the life and poetry of the Scottish poet Robert Burns.
On Burns Night guests gather together to enjoy a Burns Supper which normally includes a traditional meal of Haggis served with mashed potatoes (tatties) and mashed turnip (neeps). The great food is washed down with a dram of Scotch whisky as Burns Poetry is recited!
The centrepiece of the evening is the Haggis – it even gets its own address or introduction normally with a Robbie Burns poem!
Haggis is basically a very special sausage and here at Primacy we love sausages! So to mark Burns Night we will have Haggis available to buy anytime at our Food Village in Bangor and in all our Tesco meat counters. We’ll also be serving it in the Village Tearoom on Saturday 24th and Monday 26th. It is a perfect time to try this really tasty and traditional dish especially if it is for the first time!
Here’s to Rabbie Burns!