London's best butchers

Just say 'neigh' to mystery meat. We pick out the best butchers in London, where provenance is assured, together with great service

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Proper meat is worth paying for, and a good butcher is a world away from mystery meat. You'll get top-quality produce, knowledgeable service and a guarantee of provenance. These London butchers are a cut above the rest. Do you agree with the choices? Use the comments box below or tweet your suggestions.

Barbecoa Butchers

Given that the ‘barbecue steakhouse’ above it is a venture from savvy restaurateurs Jamie Oliver and US ‘barbecue king’ Adam Perry Lang, it’s no surprise that the adjoining butcher’s shop is smart, slick and serious about its meat. Cuts come handpicked from across the UK’s finest farms, before being aged on site.

  1. 82 Watling St, EC4M 9BX. 020 3375 5553.
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Borough Market

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Newly reopened by Prince Charles (who knows a thing or two about proper sausages), this huge market is more than just a tourist attraction. Head to the Middle Market for stalls selling game, beef, fish and fowl, plus a handful of exotic meats.

  1. Southwark Street, SE1.
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Chadwicks

Balham butcher Chadwicks takes the concept of ‘family-run’ to the next level, with nearly every member of the team some relative or other. They’re a cheery bunch too. You’ll find them serving excellent own-made sausages and pies, cuts of organic meat, and the likes of rolled haunch of venison (with advice on how to cook it).

  1. 109 Balham High Rd, SW12 9AP. 020 8772 1895.
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C Lidgate

The butchers at C Lidgate have run this store for over 150 years – and have kept the cleavers in the same family’s hands for four generations. That’s right: the Lidgates truly have butchery in their blood. The meat here is organic and free-range, and a great deal of it is sourced from prestige estates, including Prince Charles’s Highgrove. But the family have also kept with the times; the window is crammed with tempting dishes like saddle of lamb with pesto, and the scotch eggs (made with quail eggs and wrapped in Lidgate’s own cumberland sausage mince) go down a treat.

  1. 110 Holland Park Avenue, W11 4UA. 020 7727 8243.
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Dove & Son

Now in the hands of third-generation butcher Bob Dove, this good-looking corner site has been a Northcote Road landmark since opening in 1889. Service could be friendlier, but there’s no questioning the quality of the meat, including premium cuts of steak, in this high-end (and high-priced) shop.

  1. 71 Northcote Rd, SW11 6PJ. 020 7223 5191.
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Ginger Pig

How many times have you been in a smart London restaurant and seen the words ‘From the Ginger Pig’ on the menu? Well you can recreate the meaty magic at home, with pies, pickles and sausages straight from their maker. There are five branches across town, but we love the Hackney outpost, which brings quality cuts to east London, along with excellent sausage rolls.

  1. 99 Lauriston Road, E9 7HJ. 020 8986 6911.
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Godfreys

Arguably the most popular butcher in north London, Godfreys has built a reputation on its vast and high-quality selection. Alongside the usual suspects (meat, sausages, pies), you’ll also find cheaper cuts (onglet, ox cheeks, rabbit), own-made stocks and more exotic options via advance order, such as a three-bird roast of goose, capon and pheasant.

  1. 7 Highbury Park, N5 1QJ. 020 7226 2425.
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M Moen & Sons Butchers

The chaps at Moen have come a long way from their South Norwood roots. These days, they occupy a grand Victorian-tiled space moments from Clapham Common tube, where they cure their own bacon, source premium organic and free-range meat, and can supply you with pretty much everything you’d need for a smart dinner, from sparklingly fresh herbs to in-season veg.

  1. 24 The Pavement, SW4 0JA. 020 7622 1624.
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Meat N16

Much like many of the Stokey locals, the crew behind this independent Hackney butcher are bang on trend. Butchery classes and courses on matching wines to meat are the order of the day, as are a fine selection of cuts for taking home and eating – with beef hung for 20 days before carving up. Pity the butchers aren’t more welcoming, though.

  1. 104 Stoke Newington Church St, N16 0LA. 020 7254 0724.
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Provenance

Provenance is a butcher’s shop in Notting Hill eastablished in 2013 by a bunch of young enthusiasts who gave up desk jobs to train as butchers and charcutiers. Struan Robertson is the founder, an alumnus of the School of Artisan Food in Welbeck, Nottinghamshire. The rest of the team – Tom Gibson, Guy Gibson, and Erin Hurst – are all Kiwis, which partly explains the grass-fed wagyu beef burgers from New Zealand that are flying out the doors in barbecue weather. A lot of the meats are value-added, such as marinated whole chickens and lamb kebabs, to offer what Struan calls ‘meal solutions’ for local shoppers (well, he is a former advertising man). The meats are all free range, the charcuterie supplied by British makers.

  1. 33 Kensington Park Rd, W11 2EU. 020 7229 8814.
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William Rose

Having closed a spin-off branch on East Dulwich Grove, this historic butcher has now beefed up the operation at the original shop, increasing staffing levels to reduce the infamous queues. Refreshingly, they not only maintain fair prices on their fine meats, but also offer a ‘weekly special’ to provide an affordable option for all.

  1. 126 Lordship Lane, SE22 8HD. 020 8693 9191.
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Sam
Sam

I can't recommend T & J Whenlock on the Barking Road in Plaistow, enough. Trevor and Jan have been there a while and they visit the farms where they source the meat from. Always helpful, they'll get you the exact cut that you need, or recommend a cut dependant on what you're cooking. Be prepared to wait, the queue is often out the door, and that's in the rain too! This is a real gem.

alex
alex

Great to see so many wonderful Butchers springing up, at one point it was a dying art, Traditional & Artisan fighting against the soul-less Supermarkets. We have a family 4 generation Butcher shop in Blackheath Standard GG Sparkes. Guy the owner was one of the first Butchers to source, promote & sell organics, Rare breeds too, and to watch his Butchery skills is like watching a surgeon at work :-) Well done Butcher shops everywhere!

emma
emma

I like the Provenance focus on free range AND grass fed; it's what makes all the difference to the taste. Their Wagyu beef from New Zealand is out of this world - you literally have never tasted it's equal. I believe that they sell it to some of the top London restaurants too...

Paul
Paul

What about Donald Russell. They're meat is so good that they have the warrant and supply all the meat for the queen. Plus they're about to start supplying a new steak house on the North End road in Fulham Broadway called Winston O'Boogies. Can wait!

Paul
Paul

What about Donald Russell. They're meat is so good that they have the warrant and supply all the meat for the queen. Plus they're about to start supplying a new steak house on the North End road in Fulham Broadway called Winston O'Boogies. Can wait!

Y W
Y W

Re: Our Eli. I live in Brixton and have yet to find a proper butcher here. The ones on Electric Ave are untrained hackers and not even rightly halal. Price is low, with quality to suit. Sure, you can skip borough market if you like, but Brixton's no alternative.

henry
henry

For Londoners near Crouch End, N8 Morley Butchers on Broadway Parade is well worth a visit. They stock meats from premium suppliers - traceable, good lifestyle, natural feeds etc. Beef is aged Angus from Millers of Speyside. A must visit for Biltong fans - make their own from their quality beef. Good website and blog http://bit.ly/14cn4NY

Peter
Peter

Don't forget that London's oldest and largest meat market at Smithfield is open to all. If you are prepared to compare and to haggle, Traders' prices are generally cheaper than retail. Many are happy to cut meat to order. The down side is that you need to be there between 3am and 7am Monday to Friday. There is a large underground car park offering a special rate to market customers but beware the Congestion Charge which commences at 7am. For exotic and unusual meats, it cannot be equalled.

Bron
Bron

Flock and Herd at 155 Bellenden Road in Peckham is a great, newish butchers run by Charlie, ex Ginger Pig at Borough. Well worth a visit

Fletcher
Fletcher

William Rose is my local, and it's great. Always a queue.

James
James

S J Walter - Baron's Court

Paul
Paul

I'd have to add Parsons Nose on Fulham Road in Fulham to this list. Absolutely top quality British meat.

Ceri
Ceri

You're missing SE london - Drings in Greenwich and John Charles in Blackheath!

Peter Jones
Peter Jones

Borough Market is a great place but there is one thing that is missing. I lived in the US and if you go to an Organic shop, restaurant or a butcher you will find the best tasting salt on the planet called Real Salt but I am yet to find a place that sells it here in the UK: I know it is sold on the internet by a company called pH Wisdom but what about in shops? It is fantastic on meat as it enhances the flavour. Once the British tastes this amazing salt, there is no going back.

John
John

Highlands Foods, 14 bittacy hill NW71LB at Mill Hill, best organic meat from wales and a great range of exotic game, crocodile, camel, zebra, ostrich which is great for BBQs and when having friends over for dinner adds a surprise!!

ketsuda
ketsuda

i have visited many butchers across london, moens are good and so are Lidgates(but a little bit silly on price). But my favourite is without doubt HG Walter.

brendan
brendan

What about Jack O Shea amazing beef with sound provenance and well priced despite location barbecoa at the back of one new change is also excellent despite the celeb chef association.

charlotte
charlotte

I bought some steaks from AllensofMayfair Butchers, and it was the best I'd never had.

Oli Pitt
Oli Pitt

I would also suggest Stenson and Sons in Brakenbury Village - near Hammersmith. 55 Aldensley Road London W6 0DH - 020 8748 6121 Go and see John and Perry for top meat - great skills and good advise.

Ian James
Ian James

I don't agree with the assessment on Borough Market - the whole tourist label is such a tired argument - sure there's tourists, but it's a great market in and of itself. For sure there's a lot of expensive stuff, particularly around the Saturday gourmet market - but Sillfield, Ginger Pig and the other place that does the game and poultry are all competitively priced and superb quality produce. If you want to get onto the vegetable suppliers, then I find it hard not to spend more than £12-15 and not come back with a shopping trolley filled with top quality fruit and veg. I'm always amazed at how much I get and think about how little I'd get for the same money at a supermarket. I'm sure Brixton market is good too, perhaps even better value - but it's not so convenient for me to get to.

Our Eli
Our Eli

Borough Market is for tourists and those with more money than sense who buy into (literally) the nonsense propagated by the latest 'celebrity chef'. Ridiculously over priced stuff, often of doubtful provenance and quality, I've seen, for example, 'wild boar' on sale that was far too light in colour to be even the product of a domesticated cross. Brixton Market now, is a very different matter. Try the halal butchers on Electric Avenue or travel on to Tooting and go to the ones between the Bec and Broadway tubes.

Deborah Jones
Deborah Jones

Nice to finally have organic meat (Rhug from Wales) at Borough Market

Charbarred
Charbarred

Barretts in England's Lane. Legendary! 40 Englands Lane, London, NW3 4EE

Valeria Pout
Valeria Pout

And HG Walter at Barons Court. They are great!

Seamus O'Shea
Seamus O'Shea

Balwin's on Green lanes, Manor House! Excellent range of produce - brains, sheeps heads etc. Good game and the sausages - the true measure of a butchers - are superb.

Paul Griffiths
Paul Griffiths

We really like Hennessys on Northcote Road SW11 - really helpful staff who know their stuff (and meat!)

Tom Wats
Tom Wats

Ginger Pig also has a concession at Green Smiths on Lower Marsh - 27 Lower Marsh, SE1 7RG

alexandra m
alexandra m

@Fletcher smoke & mirrors, ask if the Organic meat is Soil Association registered...

alexandra m
alexandra m

@Ceri AND GG Sparkes Traditional Butchers - Blackheath Standard 

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