The core focus on our traditional butchery counter is quality. We look to source our meat from local farms, whose standards of welfare and attention to detail match our own exacting standards.
We take an active interest in the farming techniques being used, as well as ensuring welfare standards are kept high for all stages of the animals life – from grazing on the lush pastures of grass to the Dry Aged conditioning methods we employ to care for the meat once slaughtered.
We source our beef in partnership with the renowned and family owned PC Turner’s. The majority of our beef comes from Hampshire and Berkshire farms and we have a close working relationship with both the farmer and PC Turner’s to ensure we achieve consistency of eating quality through and through.
We firmly believe that one of the key aspects to enhancing flavour and quality in beef is the ability to properly condition and age the meat. Our dry aging rooms are specifically designed to ensure the best conditions in which to mature the beef and we look to age our hind quarters (where you’ll find the prime cuts of beef) for a minimum of 28days.
We source all our pork from Plantation Pigs, based in Sussex. Plantation ensure they operate a truly free-range system, where their pigs roam freely outside, behaving as pigs should! Plantation breeds the classic Hampshire/Duroc crosses – known for their exceptional eating quality. A traditional slow growing breed producing succulent and tender tasting pork!
Sausages and Bacon ~ Where would we be without these two classic products! A bad sausage or bacon butty is easy to forget; but quality is memorable! With some recipes and curing methods handed down by generations and others more modern, we hope you’ll find something to your liking in our range.
We host a series of sausage making classes throughout the year. Please check your local farm shop page for more information.
Our lamb is sourced in partnership with the renowned and family owned PC Turner’s and comes from Hampshire and Berkshire farms. Lambs are grazed on the downland pasture, where natural flavours are allowed to develop and the sheep roam freely.
Our lamb is hung for up to 14 days to develop and enhance full flavour. In season, we also sell mutton, a 2yr old lamb. This cut provides wonderful, rich and slightly “gamier” flavour than new season lamb, but works brilliantly in stews and other slow-cooked dishes.
We stock a variety of free-range chickens, sourced from Packington Free Range in Staffordshire. Packington take the welfare of the bird very seriously and ensure these slow growing birds lead a happy and natural life, roaming free on natural pastures.
In addition to our free-range chicken, we also stock a selection of farmed English breasts and whole chickens. These birds are reared to high Freedom Foods standards, and whilst not free-range (something we would never hide from our customers) and having inspected the farms, we have confidence in the welfare standards of the birds. We accept that for some families, the price of a free-range whole chicken or breasts can be too much, and these quality birds represent a great alternative.
Game and Other Meats - We source most of our game, when in season, direct from local shoots (Pheasant, Partridge, Pigeon) or venison from local estates. We also stock Grouse and other seasonal game products – please ask one of the team if you are after anything specific.