James Gaskell moonlights with his player sponsor Aubrey Allen

Date: 13 Mar 2020

Back in 2017, Leamington Spa butchers Aubrey Allen started to notice a few familiar faces becoming regulars in their shop.

These faces visited a couple of times a week, to tick items off a largely protein-based shopping list.

Aubrey Allen’s Sarah Russell and her staff soon realised they were Wasps players, and so began a beautiful friendship between sportsmen and butcher.

Wasps lock James Gaskell, who also acts as the team’s social secretary, helped book the first of three Butchery Schools, as well as a cheese and wine tasting for members of the Wasps squad.

As the relationship blossomed ahead of this season, Aubrey Allen took on the role as Gaskell’s player sponsor. Since then, Aubrey Allen have supplied cheese for his wedding, enjoyed his company at various exclusive Wasps events and earlier this month, handed him an apron and welcomed him to his first shift in the shop.

Sarah Russell said: “It was fantastic to see James interact with our staff and customers and it wasn’t long before he was set to work on one of the biggest pieces of beef available – a whole rump and loin.

“James followed the advice of our master butcher Simon Kelly and managed to cut himself a delicious T-bone steak for his dinner. We can’t wait to have him back!”

Gaskell added: “Aubrey have been a fantastic sponsor and being able to work on the other side of the counter was a great experience. I’m already looking forward to my second shift!”

Wasps team and staff receive an exclusive 15% discount when they sign up for the Aubrey Allen Experience Card which can be used in the shop as well as their French Steakhouse and Bistro, Oscar’s.

For more info visit https://aubreyallen.co.uk/