Guernsey Butchers : Best


The Best family originated from Somerset. Samuel Best's daughter was born in 1844 at Kingsbury, Somerset, and he started in the meat business in Guernsey in 1849. The meat business transferred to his brother, Edward, who lived at the Brickfield in St Andrews, then to his widow Emma. Their second son Frederick Heaume Best bought the business from his mother and then Frederick's youngest son, Colin Richard Waymouth Best bought the business from Frederick in the mid sixties and retired in 1998.

At one time, the family owned Lihou island, and used to graze cattle on it.

Best Foods (including a butcher's stall in the market) still exists in Guernsey today - and has been run by the Best family for 120 years, until they sold it in August 1998. For the last 28 of those years, the Best family were in partnership with the Chilcott family.


Samuel BEST (1816-?) m Anna Gifford FAULKENER

(Those in bold were butchers)

Earliest Mention in Guernsey



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