Last weekend I bought some minced pork and local eggs from Charles Baynham, our finest butchers in Chandler’s ford.
I used the minced pork to make some Chinese dumplings for the Chinese New Year (yes it’s the Year of the Pig, as I heard you asked!)
Charles Baynham has run this friendly, traditional butcher for 40 years in Chandler’s Ford.
Inside the shop you see an England flag as well as a South African flag.
Outside the shop you see some … pheasants!
Charles Baynham sells quality meats and has attracted both local shoppers and those from far away. Charles Baynham offers local meat, poultry and seasonal game. It also specialises in South African items, such as biltong and boerewors.
A reviewer wrote on a website: “Great butcher, extremely friendly and helpful, prices are great, and the biltong is amazing! I couldn’t recommend this place more.”
Another person wrote: “Smashing traditional butcher who goes that extra mile to help.”
Parking problem on Bournemouth Road
When I visited the shop, I parked at the Central Precinct carpark and walked across the road. Charles told me that parking has been a real problem for his business as parking is often difficult in front of the shops along Bournemouth Road.
Charles hopes that people can be a bit more considerate when parking there – if you take up the very few parking spaces, without supporting the business there, the local business will suffer.
We notice that some people park their cars there for hours at a time – it means that customers have nowhere to park. And businesses suffer as a result.
But who are the people who park their cars permanently there? If the cars belong to the shop owners or employees of the various shops there, would it help if their cars are parked at the back of the shops (Station Lane), freeing up some spaces for the customers?
Across the road are also some businesses. Perhaps their clients should consider parking at the designated spaces behind the shops there, instead of parking on this side of the shops?
Charles is concerned about the parking issue. He also shared with me the article he was reading on the parking problem along The Parade (shops on Bournemouth Road between School Land and Central Precinct).
Finally, let me show you some of the dumplings we made using the minced pork from Charles Baynham. Happy New Year! 新年快乐！
Note: For many years Charles Baynham looked like this: