In 1999, A Yorkshire couple came to Thailand to start a new life, and a new business. Norman Denning, who had been a butcher for more than 45 years, running his own shop in Shipley, and Eileen, who herself had a butchers shop close by, decided they had had enough of the UK. They packed all their equipment into a container and shipped it out to Pattaya where they had rented a building on Beach Road in Jomtien. There they set about re-creating the butchery that they had back in Yorkshire.
At the time, there was only one other couple making a few pies in Pattaya, but no-one was producing real English bacon, sausages, gammon and pies the way it was done in the UK, and other products that so many English ex-pats missed from home. So, after many weeks of finding the right supplies and ingredients, Norman and Eileen opened ‘Yorkies’ in May 1999, slowly developing a good customer base.
After 10 years in Pattaya, they celebrated by raising money to build a much needed school in Yasothon, North East Thailand.
Eventually, Yorkies out grew the building on Beach Road, and in 2011, they relocated to new premises on Soi Chaiyapruek, adding a fresh new modern butchery and separate bakery, which now supplies many outlets such as restaurants and supermarkets around Thailand.
Regretfully, Norman is no longer with us, passing away in 2012 and sadly never seeing his new butchery fully working, as he died suddenly, just days before the factory was finished.
Eileen pledged to keep the business running, and with the help and support of her hard working team, which had now become more like a family, and the dedication of her managers Noo and Ake, who had by now been with the company for more than 19 years, Yorkies have reached their 20th year, serving the customers both in Pattaya and around Thailand.
So, from the 1st of April to the 31st of May, every customer spending 1,000 Baht or more from the shop on Soi Chaiyapruek will be able to pick out a voucher ranging between 50 -250 Baht to use against that purchase.
We know that Norman is still watching over Yorkies and would be very proud to see how far the business has gone over the past 20 years.
Eileen, her managers Noo and Ake, and all the team at Yorkies would like to thank everyone who has continued to support them over the past 20 years, friends, clients and the media. In particular, the Pattaya Mail who was the first to publish an article about Yorkies giving them the publicity they needed to start Yorkies on their road to success. To all our past and present customers, most of whom have become firm friends of Yorkies, we say a huge thank you and look forward to the next 20 years.