Moving to the Darling Downs over 10 years’ ago, the Ellison family have a long history in grazing cattle and dairy farming, both here on the Downs and in Western Queensland. At any given time there are 3 generations of the Ellison family working or hanging out on the farms, with one situated south-west of Toowoomba in the Linthorpe Valley and the other situated north-west of Toowoomba at Haden.
In 2013, the Ellison family made the decision to purchase their first butcher shop, Uniplaza Meats. This was followed by a second butcher shop in 2014 at Westbrook, and the purchase of Paynes Meat Store in 2015. Terrence (Ted) Ellison took on the role of Operations Manager and saw an ever-increasing demand from customers to buy locally sourced, chemical free, and pasture fed meat. In early 2020 the decision was made to find a dedicated premises to grow and expand the business into a larger, more convenient retail space and drive thru. This also encompassed a re-brand to “The Paddock Butchery”.
The new premises at 224 Ruthven St was found (previously known as Delacy’s Hotel) and renovations began to bring the vision to life. Fast forward to June 2020 and the doors were opened to The Paddock Butchery - one of Toowoomba’s largest meat and produce showrooms, with a unique offering as Toowoomba’s only drive thru butchery. In November 2020, Alan Ferguson purchased Ted’s parents’ share of the business with a view to continue expanding The Paddock’s offerings.
Chemical free, ethically raised and pasture fed beef, pork, lamb, and chicken fill the display cabinets and fridges. The lamb and beef is raised locally on the Ellison’s farms, the pork is sourced from a local farm called ‘Danamila’, and the chicken is supplied by Lilydale free range chicken. Collaborating with other local farmers has enabled The Paddock Butchery to offer locally grown, seasonal fruit and vegetables, which include organic and spray-free options. In addition, you will find a range of local eggs, dairy products, freshly made bread, spices, condiments, GF Oats, organic rice, locally made chocolate, plus more!
Customers are welcome to visit us instore or purchase online, with online orders able to be picked up in the drive thru or in the store.
Our Vision, Commitment, and Promise!
Our Vision - To inspire our customers and the community to know and understand the origin and value of locally grown food.
Our Commitment - We are committed to supporting local farmers for generations to come.
Our Promise - To locally source, grow, and supply the Darling Downs and greater south-east with the best ethically raised, pasture fed meats, small goods, and seasonal produce.