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Millbrook Announce Opening of New Food Hall & Butchers

Pick up dinner and a pot plant at your local one-stop-shop!

Last Thursday saw the official opening of the new Food Hall & Butchers inside Millbrook Garden Centre in Gravesend.

Keen to see the new Food Hall and visit the butchers, the lastest site to open for Rooks, we popped along to witness the Mayor of Dartford cutting the ribbon.

Mayor of Dartford Rosanna Currans declares the Food Hall open

The Food Hall is full of great produce, from fresh fruit and veg, bread, chutneys and sweet treats, to locally produced honey, sweets, wine, gin, cider and so much more.

Millbrook is championing Kent-based producers and has over 20 locally sourced product ranges in-store. Brands include Dartford Wobbler, Copper Rivet Distillery, Biddenden Vineyards and now Rooks.

Brand Ambassador Georgina from Copper Rivet Distillery

Millbrook buyer Adam Smith comments “Customers are able to create stunning meals for the family as well as buy their pots and plants! We also now have Rooks Master Butchers in-store, which is a family-run, Kent-based company that supplies amazing fresh meats and cheeses.”

Andrew Rook, Master Butcher was beaming with pride at the Millbrook opening and so he should be. The Rook family’s mission is to provide quality products, made with local ingredients where possible, and sell them at a reasonable price. With 11 stores across Kent including sites in Ramsgate, Sittingbourne, Herne Bay and Folkstone, Rooks recently opened a branch in Shoreham to cope with increased demand and wider customer base.

Master Butcher Andrew Rook

“In 1912 my grandfather began making sausages and his recipe for Pork & Sage sausages hasn’t changed much at all over the years, they work in a casserole, on a BBQ and have won many awards during the years.” Andrew comments.

Some of the sausages available at Millbrook

“Grandad opened his first shop in 1965 and it’s been family-run ever since.” Continues Andrew. “I’ve developed many other recipes in the range, from the Spitfire sausage made with Spitfire Ale and Kentish Hops to the Battle of Britain Memorial Sausage in honor of my late sister. The most recent addition to the range is the Cheese and Marmite sausage, it divides people in true Marmite fashion but we find that most people surprise themselves and really like it.”

Steve Abbott is the Shop Manager at Millbrook and on hand to answer any questions

During the pandemic, Rooks found that customers wanted to order online so they set up an online ordering portal and branched out into Foodservice which has seen business triple.

Local brands were present at the opening and it was lovely to taste their wares and chat with them about business and the newest products on offer. We can highly recommend the Damson Gin from Copper Rivet and the Cheese and Marmite sausages from Rooks!


  1. Well, these wonderful non-Rook partners who have bought shares in the company have ensured J.C. Rook & Sons Ltd are now in receivership. A fantastic family business since 1965 when Dad Rook with sons Michael & Roger started the business with a shop in Dover. Over the years they expanded to 11 shops, their own factory where they made pies and sausages and produced their own hams. Regretfully, as the Rooks retired and other people took over the worst happened. It is a very sad time for those of us who had taken great pride in customer service, quality products and being part of the local community cannot revive what has gone. I hope those who brought a proud company to this sorry end are ashamed of themselves, but I doubt it.


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