The Murdoch Butchers story begins in1916 when the farming family established a Butchers Shop on the High Street in the Royal Burgh of Forres. In those days Forres was a busy market town located only three miles from the Moray Firth coast. The family used traditional farming methods and were also well known locally for breeding high quality working horses.
The Murdochs sold their pork and beef from the family farm, as well as the fresh catch from the local fishing port of Lossiemouth. As the shape of Forres changed, and as the family evolved, the farms were sold and the Fishmonger business diminished, but Danny Murdoch continued to run the Butchers Shop.
Danny Murdoch and Grandson, Graham
Danny 'Bigsy' Murdoch
Ronnie and Graham Murdoch
Aiden, Margaret and Ronnie Murdoch
Local demand for quality meat remained strong after the Second World War and the younger Murdoch generations showed every intention of continuing the family tradition. By the 1960s Murdoch's was to become famous for their Steak Pies. Danny's son, Danny 'Bigsy' Murdoch, and his wife Margaret, then with two young sons, Graham and Ronnie, grew a reputation for the best pies in town. Danny went to College in the evenings to gain the skills needed to perfect his baking and his famous Scotch Pie recipe, while Margaret juggled looking after their sons, serving in the Butchers Shop, and clearing up after Danny's trial batches of Scotch Pies!!
Today almost every pie in the range has won a significant award for excellence. Murdoch Butchers is famous for their award-winning range of pies, sausages, dry-cured bacon and freshly made traditional Scottish savoury puddings including haggis, oatmeal meallie puddings and international award-winning black pudding.
Murdochs distributes fresh meat produce and pies across the North East of Scotland and the rest of the UK. National retailers; Asda, Morrisons and Spar stock their award-winning produce which is also available in small convenience stores from Evanton to Perth.
Ronnie proudly lifted the trophy for the World's Best Scotch Pie in 2010, won the title of Scotland's Best Bridie in 2017 and he continues to use his father's original recipes. He's now sharing these coveted family recipes with his son, Aiden, who is passionately involved with the business.
So, it's fair to say... there will be more to add to this page in the future!
Murdoch Butchers is SALSA accredited and manufactures to contract and supplies to trade. Murdoch's Scotch Pies can be enjoyed at Landmark Activity Centre and House of Bruar.