Butchers in your area
The imminent World Cup should - weather-permitting - herald the official start of BBQ season; a great opportunity to support your local butchers.
Our Local editors have rounded up their favourites.
Vic Gibson Butchers Addiscombe
Vic Gibson takes great pride in the meats it stocks, and has won awards for its traditional and speciality pork sausages. Established in Croydon since the 1970s, also available are homemade pies, BBQ meats and game.
The Hook & Cleaver Ealing
At the Hook & Cleaver you'll find free-range Norfolk chickens, free-range and GM-free plantation pork, free-range grass-fed West Country lamb and dry-aged Aberdeen Angus beef. Also stocked is a range of organic meats and rare breeds, including Salt Marsh lamb and Gloucester Old-Spot pork.
Wyndam House Chiswick
In 2009 Wyndham House opened its third shop in Chiswick, stocking a full range of meats, condiments, cheeses and other deli products. They also offer daily deliveries to the local area.
Opened in 1929, Bevan's of Kingston is this company's founding shop. It has recently been modernised, with state of the art refrigeration enabling beef to be hung for 30 days. Sausages, burgers, pies and many more products are available.
Robert and Edwards Quality Butchers Wimbledon
A wide selection of free-range meats with full traceability, deli products and fine foods is available at Robert and Edwards.
Canterbury Butcher Canterbury
All the meat here is sourced from local farmers, slaughtered near Ashford. As only whole animals are used, fillet steak is sometimes a rarity, but trotters, heart, offal, oxtail, tongue and heads are plentiful. Three full-time butchers are able to advise on cooking methods, flavor, texture and cuts.
Jennings of Caversham Reading
If you're after bacon, burgers, continental meats, cooked meats, exotic meats, game, offal, pasties, pies, poultry, preserves, sauces, sausages and more, Jennings is the shop for you. Voted 'Shop You Can't Live Without' in the 2012 Reading Business Awards, it was also a runner-up for Independent Retailer of the Year.
Martin's Butcher Chertsey
Sourcing local meat as much as possible, Martin's cuts are top quality, hung for maximum tenderness and full of flavour. Specialities include pork, cheese and Marmite sausages; rib of beef; topside; rolled sirloin and pork and lamb leg.
Mason's Butchers Pokesdown
Mason's Butchers is a family-run business that has been serving the local area since the 1950s. Free home delivery is offered on Saturdays, with discounts available on bulk orders, and the experienced, friendly staff are always on hand to advise.
F.A Lambe and Son Christchurch
When this family-run business was set up in 1966, there were 13 butchers in Christchurch - now it is the only one remaining. Selling points include free home delivery, special offers and competitive prices.
Phillip Warren Launceston
Phillip Warren farms as well as butchers its own meat, and has been doing so since 1880. To this day its meat is still dry-aged and matured the traditional way on the bone before cutting. Bacon is dry-cured using salts, natural sweeteners, molasses and corainder, and sausages are made with freshly ground spices.
Cheshire Smokehouse Wilmslow
The award-winning Cheshire Smokehouse boats an on-site butchery, artisan bakery, a café, wine and fruit and veg departments, plus smoked and cured goods - all prepared in its traditional kilns on site.
Anthony's Butchers Wakefield
At Anthony's you'll find cooked meats and delicious pies and sandwiches. Seasonal freezer/BBQ packs offer great value, so you can have great-quality meat on hand should good weather strike!
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Nash Farm Shop, Butchers, Corn Mill and Café Pembrokeshire
Nash Farm Shop opened in November 2012, selling home-grown, quality meat and food products. A family business promoting Pembrokeshire's finest with a beautiful setting and handy location.
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Rossiters Organic Butchers Bournville
Rossiters Organic Butchers is proud to be the first and only organic butcher, registered with the Soil Association, in Birmingham. It sources high-quality whole animals from free-range and organic farms in Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Leicestershire, and Worcestershire. Meats available include beef, pork, lamb, mutton, poultry and game, plus fresh fish direct from Birmingham wholesale markets every Friday.
- Birmingham & Sutton Coldfield butchers
Harnwell & Son Ely
At Harnwell & Son you'll find all cuts of beef, pork, chicken and lamb, as well as speciality sausages and burgers, homemade pies, and hog roasts available for special events. All meat is British and mostly local and free delivery is available.
Knightons Family Butchers Peterborough
All meat at Knightons is traditionally prepared, with seasonal poultry, and fresh chickens and eggs available all year round. Pre or self-selected beef, lamb and pork freezer packs are also available.