As people seek reassurance from their food, our traditional Cotswold butchers are once again in demand...
Good Food Guy
With our new-found love of shopping local, now is the time to rediscover our great, traditional butchers. Of course, discerning shoppers have always trusted in the expertise of their traditional, local butcher – the coronavirus outbreak has simply widened that appeal. There are plenty of good butchers still operating in and around the Cotswolds – here are some of mine:
Waghorne’s of Prestbury
If you thought scrag end and chump chop were colloquial put-downs, take a trip to this family butchers and delicatessen on the edge of Cheltenham for a lesson in meat terminology. The meat is all free range and there is just about every cut imaginable on offer, either to order online for home delivery or in the shop itself. There are over 10 different types of beef steak alone as well as pigs’ trotters, pork skin, lamb pencil fillet and plentiful chops. No wonder Waghorne’s has been racking up the awards recently: last year it won the Cotswold Life Food & Drink Customer Service Award and in 2018 won Butcher of the Year. Look out for a second shop opening this month at Stroud’s new indoor Five Valleys food market.
The Artisan Butchery, Newent
Traditional butchers with a modern twist, this forward-thinking company knows what its customers want. Formerly Andy Creese butchers, this newly launched outfit focuses on preparing traditional cuts of meat for busy lives. That means pre-braising cuts so they cook in less time, preparing ready-diced meat in home-made marinades and even making little beef Wellingtons that you can pop in the oven. There’s a real emphasis on education and customer service at this former Cotswold Life Food & Drink Butcher of the Year finalist, as well as a drive to stock only local and native breeds.
01531 820 209
L Taylor & Sons, Minchinhampton
Gloucester Old Spot from Princess Anne’s Gatcombe Estate or Belted Galloway cows from Minchinhampton common – this is meat with a right royal provenance! This former Cotswold Life Food & Drink Butcher of the Year has been in the same family for a generation although there has been a butchery on the site since the 1600s. The meat is sourced locally and products such as burgers and sausages are made on the premises – there’s a great line of gluten-free sausages too. Join the queue of locals who are on first-name terms with the butchers and who can often be heard seeking out friendly cooking advice!
Read the full article in the November issue of Cotswold Life magazine.