THE new owners of a Caversham butchers are long term employees of the company and one is Michelin star trained.

Roland Hazell and Mo Banaseer purchased the original LD Jennings LTD butcher shop in St Martin's Precinct on August 12.

They will be rebranding the shop as The Caversham Butcher and will be launching a new click and collect/ home delivery website in October.

Roland started working in the St Martins shop as a 15 year old in 1979 and had a 16 year spell running the butchers in Emmer Green.

He said: "We hope to build on the fine reputation the shop has built up over the last 50 plus years trading in Caversham."

Mo, as well as being a trained butcher, is also a Michelin star trained chef having worked with Heston at The Fat Duck and other renowned fine dining restaurants.

All the staff will continue to work in the shop, having been in the butchery trade their entire lives.

A spokesperson from Jennings of Caversham said: "The Directors of Jennings of Caversham are very pleased to announce that two of our employees, Roland Hazell and Mo Banaseer, are taking on ownership of L.D. Jennings Ltd.; specifically the retail outlet in St Martin's Precinct, Caversham.

"Roland and Mo have been associated with Jennings for many years and recently have worked alongside Nigel Tutty and his team in this very busy shop.

"They approached us with the idea, and much enthusiasm, to take on and improve the retail outlet with the 'hands on' approach that such a successful and long established business needs.

"We are confident that the shop will thrive in their care and will continue to serve our loyal customers to the same high standards of quality and service that they have come to expect.

"Jennings of Caversham Ltd, Catering Butchers will continue as a separate business based in Prospect Street, where it was established in 1922.

"Dawson, Nick and Max Jennings would like to extend thanks to our long standing customers and our loyal and hardworking shop staff, Nigel, Melvin and Dave. Further we wish them and Roland and Mo every success for the future."

The shop now opens 7 days a week giving more opportunities for people to shop at their leisure.