It probably won’t have escaped your attention that the government recently backed down over its commitment to keep out chlorinated chicken in any US trade deal. Which makes knowing where your meat comes from and to what standards it’s been produced, all the more important.
We’ve rounded up some of the best meat boxes to get delivered to your door - and the good news is that buying any one of these helps London’s restaurants and bars, along with British butchers and farmers, stay in business.
This group of London gastropubs has its own butchery, which comes up with the cuts of British meat for you to cook up at home. The traditional breeds beef for the sirloin steaks and burger patties comes from Lyons Hill Farm in Dorset as do the Iron Age Pork Sausages which are made from the meat of a Tamworth pig crossed with a wild boar.
How much: £34
The team behind Hammer & Tongs are running the food at this Southfields gastropub. Their South African braai box includes absolutely everything you need for your own braai at home - down to the sicklebush wood and charcoal. The meat comes from a sixth generation farm in Scotland and includes two spiced rubbed free range chicken wings, two garlic and herb salt rubbed sheep chops, one herb oil marinated flat iron steak and a boerewors along with a choice of sauce and a spice.
How much: £18.20 (serves two)
This is one of the hardest boxes to get your hands on (set an alert for Mondays at 10am). There are two boxes on offer with the biggest featuring dry-aged lamb chops, Wiltshire cured Bacon Chop, 35-day-aged Porterhouse steak and a boneless lamb leg roasting joint. The box also comes with recipes for sides and desserts along with - crucially - Blacklock toothpicks.
How much: Two boxes - £60 and £75
Brought out just In time for summer, this new box is from the butcher which sets out its stall to work with ethical producers. It pairs three of the Ethical Butcher's premium meats with bottles from Borough Wines. The box will include a Ras El Hanout Lamb Shoulder paired with an elegant Portuguese red; Spicy Mediterranean Steak Kebab with Couscous salad paired with a Beaujolais Villages La Trad’ Nature and a Lamb Kofta with flatbread paired with an organic rose.
How much: £90
Mac & Wild’s policy of ‘extreme traceability’ sees them work hand in hand with small producers in the Scottish Highlands. This 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.
How much: £60
Nose to tail experts Flank have joined forces with family-run, London-based butchers Jones the Butcher. There are three meat delivery boxes on offer ranging in price from £25 to £67. Their budget box is a great offer and includes bavette/flat iron, short rib/flank, burger mince and 500g pork belly. There's also a recipe guide to help you make Flank's dishes at home including their classic double cheeseburger.
How much: Basic meat box - £25
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.
How much: £65
HG Walter supply the meat for numerous London restaurants, from The River Cafe through to Patty & Bun and Kricket. 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.
How much: Native Breed steak box - £42
Meat Me At Home is the new online branch of Freedown Food which normally supplies the likes of Nobu, Hakkasan, Hide, Sexy Fish, Galvins and Harrods with meat. Their USP is really interesting luxury cuts like wagyu from Japan, Australia and Chile along with Duke of Berkshire pork. This top of the range box includes Label Rouge chicken, guinea fowl, Chilean wagyu striploin and Iberico Pork Pluma among others.
How much: You’ve got my attention now box - £150
If your meat restaurant of choice was part of the Goodman group then their Prime Feast box will be right up your street. There are three boxes in total - the entry-level is the 2kg one which features a mixture of Zelman short ribs, Goodman ribeye, Beast Porterhouse and Burger & Lobster burgers - along with condiments like truffle steak sauce and seasoning.
How much: 2, 3 and 6k boxes from (£90 - £275)
It's a 'cue marriage made in heaven - with Shoreditch restaurant Smokestak teaming up with top butchers Warrens and grill merchants The Big Green Egg. There's a lot to excite meat lovers with beef short rib, pastrami, pork shoulder and burgers in there along with sticky toffee puddings and Smokestak's Burnt Peach Old Fashioned along with barbecue sauce and pickled red chilli. Plus, anyone who buys a box will get an invite to a live cooking demo with Smokestak's Dave Carter.
How much: £135
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