J C Rook and Sons is a well-established family run business who have been trading in Kent for over 50 years. We have 11 shops operating throughout East and Mid Kent with our own Food Standards Agency approved production and distribution facility in Ramsgate, where we make all our own pies and sausages as well as food services trade department for supplying restaurants, cafes, schools, nursing homes, hotels and pubs. We employ around 200 staff.
The Rook family has had a connection with the meat trade since the 18th century, originating in and around Norfolk. Joseph Christmas Rook, a butcher since leaving school (except during the war when he joined the RAF), opened the first J C Rook and Sons in Dover, with two of his sons, Michael and Roger, in 1965. John and Peter at the same time opened a manufacturing factory in Sandwich, designed to supply chip shops with pies and sausages. Due to the overwhelming success of this operation, and the opening of shops in Ramsgate, Broadstairs and Deal, Joseph Christmas Rook, Michael, Roger, John and Peter decided to join together. In 1968 the youngest son Joe, on his 21st birthday, was welcomed into the partnership. Over the next few years the company slowly expanded, branching out right across Kent.
Joseph Christmas retired in 1975, as have now all his sons, and the company is managed and run by two of his grandsons, Chris and Andrew Rook.
We have built our reputation on providing high quality British meat and are proud to be able to give our customers complete confidence in the food they eat, as well as outstanding customer service at fair prices.We are very pleased to also be able to offer over 400 British products online and deliver that same quality and service to customers who prefer the convenience of online shopping and nationwide home delivery to any address in mainland UK.