It probably won’t have escaped your attention that the government was forced to back down and commit to keeping out chlorinated chicken in any US trade deal. Knowing where your meat comes from and to what standards it’s been produced, couldn't be more important. We’ve rounded up some of the best meat to get delivered to your door.
Australian-born butcher Nathan Mills is all about nose to tail butchery - there’s no waste at his butchers which you'll find in East and South London.
In their online shop, you’ll find cuts you may not be familiar with like their Korean cut through short ribs, so it’s great for expanding your recipe repertoire. Their beef and bone marrow burgers are particularly popular and they even do child-friendly sausages with reduced salt.
If you're looking for meat that comes from farmers who farm "in a way that is better for the animals, us as humans and the planet" then you've come to the right place. This online company works with farms that focus on organic, ethical, nature regenerative farming and they believe you can taste that difference in the meat they sell. Shop individual items like bone broth and steaks or opt for a particular meat box.
Info: Minimum order is £50 and they deliver nationwide.
The ethos of The Ginger Pig is simple: “livestock that is looked after well in the field simply tastes better on the plate.” This butcher with shops across London has longstanding links with the farmers that supply it, oh and they make cracking sausage rolls in-house too.
They do a range of boxes, but we particularly liked the sound of their weekend breakfast box featuring everything you'd need for a cracking fry up.
Mac & Wild’s policy of ‘extreme traceability’ sees them work hand in hand with small producers in the Scottish Highlands. Their family meat box would work for a family of 4-5 or you could go all-in with your housemates and eat like royalty for a week or so. It contains both beef and venison mince, venison, beef and pork sausages, a free-range highland chicken and one Mac & Wild venison and lamb haggis.
They also do a kit version of their Venimoo burger and sell BBQ boxes too.
This Wandsworth cookery school has switched to online classes, along with offering boxes by its key suppliers. They've teamed up with Dovecote Park (who also supply Hawksmoor and Tom Kerridge) to come up with four meat hampers featuring 35-day dry-aged beef and 21-day dry-aged pork. The mid-range box includes sirloin and rib-eye steaks, pork tomahawks, stir-fries and rump steak burgers.
HG Walter supply the meat for numerous London restaurants, from The River Cafe through to Patty & Bun and Kricket. They've also played a great game since the first lockdown, pairing up with numerous restaurants for innovative meal kits.
On the meat box side of things, if you don't have loads of fridge or freezer space, their Native Breed steak box is perfect. It features two sirloin steaks, two fillet steaks, a bulb of garlic and a small bunch of rosemary. Job done.
This Dorset-based company say their free range meat is "supplied by small, local farms run by farmers who genuinely care." We tried their steak lovers box and the meat - from the New Forest - was amazing.
They sell both fresh meat and charcuterie, so you can opt for a mix of both if you prefer. Delivery is available next day, nationwide.
Meat Me at Home is the online home delivery service of Freedown Food, which supplies meat to the likes of Nobu, Hakkasan, Hide, Sexy Fish, Zuma and Harrods. Their USP is really interesting luxury cuts like wagyu from Japan, Australia and Chile along with Duke of Berkshire ‘Kurobuta’ and Iberian Pata Negra pork.
Included in their box selections are new additions of specialist poultry, UK wagyu charcuterie produced exclusively for MMAH and their own Wagyu brand, Freedown Hills, raised in the UK and finished on caramelised olive feed.
"It's business as usual, say South London butchers O'Sheas, "Even when it's business as unusual. And that means guaranteeing a constant supply of the finest pure-bred meat from the pastures of Perthshire, Ireland and the Ridings of Yorkshire.”
There are five meat bundles on offer, including some handy freezer packs for seeing you through lockdown - and they deliver across London.
Provenance have several butchers in West London, starting in Notting Hill, and have built up strong relationships with British suppliers (as well as getting Iberico pluma from Spain). The online shop has a huge range and offers same-day delivery to a great part of London. There are a huge amount of cuts to wade through and keep an eye out for special boxes too.
If you're after a taste of 'cue experts Smokestak's amazing meats at home, then it's good to know that they deliver a range of their smoked and cooked meats. Most of it comes from Philip Warren in Cornwall and Swaledale in Yorkshire (there's also Angus heritage brisket from Alberta) and is smoked over kiln-dried English oak.
Order meat by the pound, or opt for it in box or kit form.
When Hawksmoor’s executive chef is one half of the butchery team, you know that what you’re going to find at this Angel butcher will be top quality. Their shop sells meat from British native breeds reared on independent farms and smallholdings - it’s aged in house and they make their own sausages and burgers too.
Meat boxes include the Spanish Old Cow box which features a number of Galician and Basque cuts
Argentine restaurant Zoilo has a few meat boxes on offer featuring Argentine grass-fed meat. There are two steak boxes, a sausage box and you can also add in empanadas and wine to your order.
Big Green Egg has partnered with Yorkshire Dales master butchers Farmison & Co to launch an exclusive Heritage Breeds Steak Tasting Box including Angus, Shorthorn and Hereford. There's also bone marrow melt and Droitwich beech smoked salt in there too.
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