This 160-year-old shop was first established in 1850 and has remained a family-run business based in Holland Park for five generations. For Christmas dinner delicacies, they offer some of the best woodland organic free-range turkeys and a variety of chickens and game birds which are all carefully sourced from small farms and shoots. C Lidgate personally select their grass fed beef, lamb and pork from free-range farms and estates. Beefs available include Iron Age beef from Shetland, pure bred Wagyu beef from Suffolk and Organic beef from the Soil Association beef champion farmer Judith Freane. You can be sure that every animal they sell you is from a quality breed, and that they’ll be able to tell exactly where it was from, how it was raised and why it tastes so damn delicious. There are also national and international prize-winning sausages and pies, as well as other prepared dishes if you need to do some no-effort catering at any time.
C Lidgate is a fifth generation butchers famed for their prize-winning pies.
110 Holland Park Avenue, Holland Park, London, W11 4UA
Tube: Holland Park Station
Over 180 years of experience make Allens a safe bet for quality Christmas cuts.
117 Mount Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 3LA
Tube: Bond Street Station
Mayfair's oldest butcher, Allens of Mayfair, first opened its doors in 1830, that's over 180 years of supplying meat to Mayfair residents and businesses. Butchers Justin Preston and David House rescued the business in 2006 and now not only own this retail outlet but also Rare Butchers of Distinction, suppliers to smart London eateries such as The Dorchester and Cecconi's. Billed by Delia Smith as "one of the best places to buy game in the British Isles", Allens will only supply meat if it's in season and you can be sure of getting some top quality cuts. There's a wonderful variety of game from duck, pheasant or grouse to snipe and woodcock as well as less strong flavoured meats - notably some excellent marbled Scotch beef and exceptionally lean pork. It all comes with traditional bespoke service and original Victorian décor; warm, muted tiled walls, wooden floors and a central, chopping block where all the action takes place in full view of customers, providing a suitably theatrical setting. Despite the upmarket location, prices are not as 'Mayfair' as you might expect.
With five branches across the capital, Ginger Pig is on hand for all your Christmas grub.
8 Borough Market, Southwark Street, Bankside, London, SE1 1TL
This scintillating butcher owns a large Yorkshire farm where animals are raised with more space and better food than much of Yorkshire's human population. Rare-breed beef, free-range geese, Bronze turkeys, lamb, mutton and delicious gamey Mastergris chickens are all available, but as the name suggests, the real highlights are the pork products. This is the best place in London to buy a ham for the Boxing Day table, and you can also stock up on superb sausages, pork mince and bacon for the turkey trimmings, and all kinds of offal if you're after preparing something fashionably nose-to-tail. Incidentally, if you need a handy takeaway snack to see you through your Christmas shopping, the scotch eggs are quite the best we've ever tasted. Details are given for the branch in Marylebone High Street; there is also five other branches spread across London.
For some great cured meats, prepared dishes and butchery classes, visit Ginger Pig in Marylebone.
8-10 Moxon Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 4EW
Tube: Baker Street Station
Marylebone was the first established Ginger Pig shop in London following the realisation that Borough Market was becoming increasingly difficult to manage for owner Tim Wilson. As Borough Market stall was only ever open for two days of trade, it was often hard to find good butchers to employ throughout the period required. The employment of the first full-time Ginger Pig butcher at this newly opened store, marked the start of great things to come including Ginger Pig pies, terrines, pates and sausage rolls, which are all still made at the branch throughout Christmas, to this day. The store also supplies some delectable ready-made seasonal dishes and runs a variety of butchery classes, which you can enquire about on the Ginger Pig butchery website.
You can count on Ginger Pig Hackey for top butchery and meat counters, cold cuts and pies.
99 Lauriston Road, Hackney, London, E9 7HJ
Tube: Bethnal Green Station
In a cosy Ginger Pig store that was once opened, closed and managed by Borut (now the butchery classes teacher), you will find rare and native breed pork, lamb, chicken and beef. Over the winter holidays, you can also pick up a fair share of treats such as freshly baked pies and the shop’s famous hot sausage rolls, keeping you content in the countdown to Christmas.
Ginger Pig Shepherds Bush is fast becoming the flagship store.
137-139 Askew Road, Shepherds Bush, London, W12 9AU
Tube: Stamford Brook Station
Opened in 2011, Ginger Pig in Shepherds Bush provides all of the meaty goods offered at Borough Market over the Christmas period. Perhaps one of a few factors differentiating this shop from its sister shops is that its head butcher Tom Aston often makes regular weekly trips to Rungis, France in order to hand select proper limousine veal, French poultry and fresh vegetables and dairy for his store. Home to the Ginger Pig's resident chef, this Askew Road shop has a cured meat and cooked selection, meat and poultry counter, plus a number of cheeses, chutneys, spices and fats.
Now in their third generation of butchers, this Clapham shop is well worth a visit.
71 Northcote Road, London, SW11 6PG
Tube: Clapham South Station
Clapham's Northcote Road is a gourmet's dream, with interesting oddities like the Hive Honey Shop, sitting next to world class cheese, fish, bread and wine stores. The crowning glory is this free-range butcher, where you’ll find that the queues start to build long before Christmas Day. Pies and suckling pig are on offer as well as the turkeys, and a team of expert butchers can give you all the help you need with preparation.
Award-winning butcher's in Barons Court.
51 Palliser Road, Hammersmith, London, W14 9EB
Get your turkey from HG Walter and you can be sure you're getting a free range bird raised in the most welfare friendly environment. This award-winning butcher's in Barons Court has a great reputation for supplying the finest quality meat and regularly comes top of the 'best butchers in London' list. They do this by buying from small, specialist producers and from farmers who raise free-range, organically-fed animals in the traditional way. The family business was established by Peter Heanen in 1972 and there's a friendly feel to the shop where smiling staff guide you through your purchases. Although this meat comes at premium prices, it's worth every penny for a taste you won't forget. Make your order before Tuesday 18th December to avoid disappointment and note the opening hours in the run up to Christmas are: Saturday 22nd December 7am to 5pm, Sunday 23rd December 6am to 5pm, Monday 24th December 6am to 1pm, closed Christmas Day.
The Clapham based family business uses age-old methods on their free range birds and a game meats.
24 The Pavement, London, SW4 0JA
Tube: Clapham Common Station
This popular Clapham Common butchers opened in 1971 and is traditional in the best sense of the word. Meat comes wrapped in greaseproof paper and is expertly prepared and served by butchers who really know their cuts. For Christmas, they really have it covered. The Moens' bronze turkeys are a special slow growing breed, which are prepared using a centuries old trick of hand-plucking and game-hanging for at least two weeks. They also sell free-range Goodmans geese, a variety of game meats, high quality chickens, ducks and homemade stuffings. Or for a Christmas meat extravaganza try the multi-bird roasts, you can't go wrong with the goose, turkey, duck, guinea fowl and pheasant combo which serves up to 16 people. You can get all the accompaniments here too, including a cracking range of cheese boards. It is expensive, but you get what you pay for and the old school shopping experience really adds to the enjoyment. Over Christmas the shop is open from 8am-5pm on Sat 22nd, 8am-3pm on Sun 23rd and Christmas Eve 8am-4.30pm.
Shoppers happily queue out of the door at Macken Brothers butcher's shop on Turnham Green Terrace.
44 Turnham Green Terrace, London, W4 1QP
Tube: Turnham Green Station
There are frequently queues out of the door at Macken Brothers butcher's shop on Turnham Green Terrace but that doesn't deter discerning shoppers determined to get the best cut. This family-run butcher's has been going since 1960 and is run by Rodney and Jim Macken, sons of one of the founding Macken brothers. In addition to the retail shop, they supply over 100 restaurants, including several Michelin-starred establishments, a sure sign that the meat is up to scratch.
James Elliott provides an endless choice of fine quality free-range meats.
96 Essex Road, Islington, London, N1 8LU
Tube: Angel Station
Islington's award-winning butchers, James Elliott, has a selection of fine quality free-range meats that have the locals queuing up come Christmas time. As well as a wide selection of Lincolnshire lamb, scotch premier beef, seasonal game and delectable turkeys, they also stock a variety of English cheeses. The meat is properly hung, the cuts are beautiful and the variety is vast. James Elliott's many loyal costumers often per-order their Christmas treats or arrive very early in the day so it is best to ring them up in advance to avoid any disappointments. And if you're lucky, you may even get offered a mince pie along with some mulled wine while you wait - something that has become a James Elliott tradition in recent years.
Visit one of London's most established butchers for all of your seasonal treats.
7 Highbury Park, London, N5 1QJ
Tube: Arsenal Station
Founded in 1905 by Frank Godfrey, this family-owned North London butchers provides only the best in British meat and poultry. With Great Grandfather Godfrey's old Lincolnshire sausage recipe still handmade on the premises till this day, the shop is as traditional as it gets. All the meat is sourced from carefully selected farms with high standards of animal welfare and breeds fed completely on a natural diet to ensure Premium Quality produce. As one of only a handful of butchers offering an extensive list of Christmas delights, there is plenty to choose from with Christmas poultry, beef, pork and even Christmas ham available. Also on offer are some delightful condiments like horseradish sauce and smooth hot English mustard to help spruce up your Christmas dinner table. The company website was recently rewarded the Best Website Award at the 2012 Meat Management Awards after only having been live for six months. So If running along to the shop before Christmas day is a bit of a hassle, ordering everything online is made easy with their next day delivery or collection point option.
Supplying organic meats and poultry is what Kent & Sons do best.
59 St John's Wood High Street, St John's Wood, London, NW8 7NL
Tube: St John's Wood Station
Kent & Sons of St. John's Wood have been supplying organic meats and poultry since 1919. The company is well known for its fresh specialist handmade burgers and sausages prepared in-store every day. The meat is sourced from a variety of places including Scotland, Wales and even France to ensure the best organic and grass fed breeds are selected. Their website even shows you how they cut your meat with a special cutting charts page so you know exactly what you are getting this festive season.
Drop by the Meat N16 store and you can pick up some specially selected wine.
104 Stoke Newington Church Street, London, N16 0LA
Tube: Manor House Station
Stoke Newington’s independent local butchers, Meat N16, was recently rewarded 2012 Butcher's Shop of the Year – South of England at the Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards. And deservedly so, as their feathered and furred game and authentic tasting poultry are among the country’s finest. The store also stocks a tasty selection of meat from around the world, giving those eager to try something new, a few options to choose from. Amid their seasonal specials, is the Packington cockerel, which they recommend as a tasty alternative to chicken or turkey this Christmas. What’s more is, they stock wine from around the world and will tell you exactly what suits your meat.
Brooks Butchers is one of the best modern-style butchers in the city.
91 Chamberlayne Road, London, NW10 3ND
Tube: Kensal Green Station
Despite not having been around for very long, Kensal Rise based Brooks Butchers certainly packs a few punches in the best modern-style butchers category. Offering a variety of free-range meat from the fields of Devon, the North West London store prides itself in incorporating both traditional and contemporary butchery skills to ensure a very personal service. Over the festive season, they have it all covered with everything from quality game to cooked hams fully stocked throughout December. For those looking for a less traditional turkey approach this year, Brooks Butchers' friendly owner, Doron, recommends their delectable forerib, which is rich with flavour, aged for 32 days and exquisite as a roast.
Keevil & Keevil have been in the butchery business for over 100 years.
218 Central Markets, London, EC1A 9LH
Keevil & Keevil is situated in the historical Smithfield Market with the oldest part of the business dating back to 1794. Providing a wealth of butchery experience, they import meats from all over the world - specialising in more unusual gourmet cuts of meat. They also purchase their meat direct from the market every day, giving them fresh produce that is a cut above the rest. For Christmas, they really do have it all covered with their festive range which includes horseshoe gammon, free-range bronze turkey and of course the most popular game bird in the UK, partridge. All at a reasonable price.
As well as providing quality meat, Miller of Kensington offers a brilliant catering service.
14 Stratford Road, Kensington, London, W8 6QD
Miller of Kensington celebrated 25 years on Stratford Road with a street party this July, and even the Mayor of Kensington & Chelsea Julie Mills was in attendance. This much loved local butcher offers a range of organic meat products including lamb, beef and chicken sourced from local suppliers such as Smithfield’s. Also offering the added amenity of a catering service, those who aren’t so keen on getting their hands dirty this Christmas can order a mouth-watering ready cooked turkey with all of the trimmings you can think of.
A butcher, deli, restaurant and bar in one, just two minutes from Battersea Park.
39-41 Parkgate Road, London, SW11 4NP
Tube: Sloane Square Station
A butcher, deli, restaurant and bar in one, this eaterie just two minutes from Battersea Park is a great spot for some weekend lounging. Because this is a butcher's-cum-restaurant you can choose a cut from the butcher's and have it done on the grill, served up in the restaurant. The meat is the focus here and freshness and origin is paramount. Mainly home produced, beef and lamb comes from Highfields Farm in East Sussex and pork, veal, offal, poultry and game also available. Helpfully, signs displayed around the shop let you know where your food has come from with 'get to know the producer' type information. All this attention to detail is down to the expertise of joint owners Dominic Ford and Paul Grout. Having met at Harvey Nichols when Ford recruited Grout to run the butcher's department on the fifth floor, both have years of experience in the business behind them.
If you are looking for a traditional butchers with old fashioned values, William Rose is the perfect choice.
126 Lordship Lane, East Dulwhich, London, SE22 8HD
Tube: Denmark Hill Station
Family-owned butchers, William Rose, have been in the business since 1862 and have continued to put into practice their high quality traditional service that makes them such a favourite with locals. Not only do William Rose specialise in organic and free-range meat, poultry and game, but they also stock beef from Castle Farms, with rare breeds such as longhorn cattle, Sussex, Devon and Welsh black. In pork, there is award-winning Blythburgh free-range pork. And in seasonal stock, partridge, pheasant and mallard are all some of the festive favourites on offer. With a butchery business built on plenty of acquired knowledge and expertise, popping in to William Rose for some advice is guaranteed to solve any cooking dilemma. And, they even run master classes for customers seeking to better their knife skills and tackle more complex dishes.
18th April 2014
IN THIS ARTICLE
Allens of Mayfair
Ginger Pig Borough Market
Ginger Pig Marylebone
Ginger Pig Hackney
Ginger Pig Shepherds Bush
Dove and Son
M. Moen & Sons
Kent & Sons
Keevil & Keevil
Miller of Kensington
The Butcher and Grill
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