Looking for a great steak, rib of beef, rack of lamb or something more exciting, like venison, grouse or partridge? Head to one of West London’s best butchers, who will find you the right cut of meat and even tell you how to cook it, writes Gabriella Werre
1 HG Walter and Son, West Kensington
Known as the family butcher, for their warm and friendly ambience, HG Walter provides the community with organic and free range meat, poultry and game. For over 35 years, the small butchers shop has delivered produce fit for any meat lover. Be sure to taste their sausages, traditionally made with the finest ingredients, a fan favourite of top chef, Heston Blumenthal.
2 Provenance Village Butcher, Notting Hill
In Notting Hill, you will find husband and wife duo Erin and Guy running a butchers shop full of flavour, goodness and honesty. Growing up on a farm in New Zealand, the two were used to knowing where their meat came from, what it was fed and how it was raised. At Provenance they bring the qualities of farm life to the city, and you can be sure you too will know exactly what you’re eating.
3 Allens of Mayfair
As London’s oldest butchers shop, Allens of Mayfair knows a thing or two about quality meat. Everything sold at the shop is completely traceable to its origin; for example, Allens Online scotch beef is bred specifically for them in the Scottish Highlands. They also offer a Butchery Classes, which topped GQ’s, ‘Top 100 Things to do in the World,’ in 2009.
4 C Lidgate, Holland Park
It’s all in the family at C. Lidgate! Danny Lidgate is a 5th generation owner of the 160-year-old butchery. He and his father, David, personally handpick their meat from organic farms and estates around Britain. Not only do they offer the finest grass-fed beef, lamb and pork, but they also specialize in making their own home-made, and award winning sausages and pies on site.
5 The Ginger Pig, Marylebone, Shepherd’s Bush, Hackney and Borough
This butchers shop has grown in the last 20 years from three Tamworth pigs to now over 3,000 acres of their own pasture and into the likes of six different neighbourhoods. The Ginger Pig knows how to perfect their every selection of meats, ranging from poultry to, of course, pork. Pop on over for lunch where they serve hot roast meat sandwiches and sausage rolls to take away.
6 Jago Butcher’s of Chelsea
Established since 1972, this traditional family butchers shop, diverse in types of meat, delivers the community quality food. If you have a request they can service that, if you have a big dinner planned they’ve got that covered too. Jago Butchers knows how to leave a customer happy and their plates full.
7 Wyndam House, Chelsea
After working for 20 years in the poultry business, Lee and Lin Mullet decided to venture into the world of butchery. Before owning Wyndham House, the two produced chickens in Norfolk to then sell at local farmers markets, and eventually had their own stall at Borough Market. Lin and Lee recognized how conscious people were in the 90s about what they were feeding themselves, and so Wyndham House opened to provide the community with the values and their own extensive knowledge of the value of meat.
8 Sheepdrove Organic Farm Maida Vale
At Sheepdrove Butchers, the family butchers shop, has the customer in mind. Their meat is both top quality and organic, and each customer has their specific needs met. Most of their meat is sourced from their personal farm in Lambourn, West Berkshire. The Kindersley family is focused on providing locals with the best naturally farmed meat.
9 Parsons Nose
Ever wanted to experience the art of butchery? If so, pop into the Parsons Nose in Kensington. With most of their meat delivered on the bone, customers have the luxury of watching the butchers carve and cut right in the shop. The staff are highly knowledgeable and available to talk through any meat with you. Try their beef that’s dried and hung for 28+ days.
10 Randalls, Fulham
A local favourite, Randalls sells some of the finest organic meat in SW6. They also put a lot of love into perfecting their own marinades, and sell great little sides like homemade chutney.
No website (113 Wandsworth Bridge Rd, SW6 2TE)