If anyone ever doubted the versatility and deliciousness of chicken as a protein, they’d only need to go to Newcomb’s own Lenards’ Chicken store to be put straight.
The range of chicken meals and other products is super-impressive. The chicken dishes – pastry-wrapped, crumbed, fried, stirred, rolled and minced and grilled – are all handmade in-store.
The astonishing selection of dishes has recipes that span the globe, with all the faves well represented among many zesty treats from Mexico, Italy, South America, Europe and Asia.
From the much-loved kievs and crunchy international burgers to buffalo wings and wellingtons, Lenard’s is brimming with tastiness – and oh so blissful convenience.
In Newcomb for nearly 25 years, Lenard’s has been owned by Samantha O’Neill for the past 30 months. Sam, who worked with previous owners “off and on for 13 years”, is passionate about Lenard’s and can’t speak highly enough of her crew of nine.
“The team is all ages and excels in a fast-paced environment, every day enjoying the challenge,” she says. ”I feel blessed to have them. For a lot of them, this has been their first job, and they come through for me every time.”
Sam says the store has customers who travel more than 40 kilometres to get Lenard’s products.
“We’re so lucky to have customers willing to take time out to travel to us, a real testament to our quality.
“I’ve gotten to know so many of our customers – we see really some great characters come in. The team members know them, too; it’s like a big family – a lovely atmosphere to work in.”
Sam has particular praise for her manager, Matthew Winfield.
“Matt is our secret weapon. He has an amazing amount of experience and product knowledge, working with Lenard’s since he was 15. As soon as Matt comes to work in the morning, he assembles the ingredients needed for the products, prepares the fresh chicken, and the team gets busy hand-preparing every product that goes out to sale that day.”
NOTE: This asset to Newcomb and surrounding areas also sells fresh chicken products in all the favourite cuts. A click-and-collect service can be accessed on the website.
Lenard’s Chicken, Shop 13, 59 Bellarine Highway, Newcomb. Opens 7am-7pm Monday-Friday; 7am-6pm Saturday. Inquiries: 5248 7778 or www.lenards.com.au