Monday, 25 April 2016

The Meat Butterfly.

Named 'the Meat Butterfly' by some Instagram and Facebook followers. This is in fact two cote de boeuf.

For me it is the king of the cuts. The taste and tenderness of the rib eye whilst the heat rod of the bone ensures amazing flavour.

This is a essentially a rib eye on the bone. You can either fry it and then roast it or whack it on the BBQ. They work out at about £25 each, but they feed 2-3 people generously and whether rare or well done - are a serious treat.

Best to let it rest of course and then carve it on the diagonal to get a good meat to fat ratio. Of course there are some who would be put off by the fat, and for those who don't like it - the meat will peel away from it very easily, but the flavour will still be there once cooked.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Est. 1897

Did you know there has been a butcher's shop here since 1897?

Very recently I had a lady come in with this photograph and it transpires she is the daughter of the 'Hubb family'. This shop was AE Hubb for a very long time and I consider myself incredibly lucky to have a shop that has a proper heritage and a lot of history within the walls. Very canny pic though!

There is some butchery in my family too. The other picture is from Alston, Cumbria which is where my mum's side of the family are from. This is my great, great, great, great-grandfather and his wife and this one is from the 1870's. Possibly even the first time they had seen a camera. None of William's sons decided to go into the trade, many of them became farmers instead. But it is an honour to have this picture in the front shop.

Sunday, 13 March 2016

The Gluten Free Revolution

It's been a long time coming, but it is finally here!
I am very pleased to announce that our sausages do not contain any gluten whatsoever. Everything from Chipolatas to our house Cumberland and Pork & Leek. We also sell Lamb Merguez, Beef & Tomato, Italian Sausages and South African inspired Boerewors to order. As well as these, we sell Chicken Sausages to order. If ever you wanted us to do a particular recipe, we are more than happy to do it - only a day's notice is required as we have a small machine which can knock out a small batch. So go wild and create your own banger*

*judgement not incuded

Thursday, 28 January 2016

2016

So we are well and truly hurled into 2016 with vim and vigour. We have all sorts happening from Haggis on Burn's Night all the way through to Cote de Boeuf for Valentine's Day and then the joy of early Mother's Day and Easter festivities.

As ever - pre-ordering is always helpful but we try and have ample holding stock as well. 2016 will bring more products, markets, more banter and general merriment in the shop. Also hopefully this year we will be able to improve our facilities in the back shop. We are very excited though. See you soon.

P.S This picture is of a Northumbrian Duck that we did for a client at New Year. Isn't he marvellous?

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Christmas Opening Hours

Mon 21st December 
6am - 6pm

Tues 22nd December 
6am - 6pm

Wed 23rd December 
5am - 8pm

Christmas Eve
Closed

Christmas Day
Closed

Boxing Day
Closed

Tues 29th December 
8am - 5pm

Wed 30th December
8am - 5pm

New Year's Eve
8am - 12pm

Fri 1st Jan
Closed

Mon 4th Jan
8am - 5pm


We wish you all a very, very, 


Happy Christmas

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Monday, 21 September 2015

Top tip lads.

Be tempted to try new things. Google is your friend, and if not I am more than happy to send you a link!

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Filming in Mexico for Old El Paso

So as some of you may know I have recently returned from Mexico. What the hell were you doing there? Well I was actually filming an advert for Old El Paso they took me and a fishmonger called Simon Bennett who owns Wet Fish Shop in Lyme Regis. Why us? Well to be honest I genuinely still don't know. But they wanted to take a butcher and a fishmonger over to Mexico for a Mexican Food Adventure and that is definitely one word to use to describe it.

We spent time with an elderly sage of a cook who lives in Puebla just outside of Tehuacan - which was my favourite place. She lives in a beautiful courtyard and her entire family live all around her, and they have a farm and do a lot of cooking and have all their meals together. We also went to a fiesta to celebrate the saint of their local church which was absolutely amazing - for St James the Apostle (Santiago Apostol) - there were fireworks and local dancing, which hilariously we also had to get involved in. It was fantastic. We then travelled to Ensenada where we went on a boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, it was a proper fishing boat and it was unbelievable to see how they catch the fish. We also went to this fabulous cantina afterwards where one or several margaritas were drank...

But more importantly the food we tried was absolutely fantastic. The freshness of all their fruit and veg makes such a difference, and most Mexican food is exactly what you would expect. They enjoy smoky spices, avocados with pretty much every meal, they also love cheese, normally cow's cheese and it tends to be delicate in flavour but it has a great consistency. They also serve tortilla chips with all meals.

I spent a couple of hours in a butchery there which was very interesting. It was right in the middle of the food market in Tehuacan and I was in my element. The butcher there was more than happy, despite the enormous language barrier, to show me whatever I wanted to see. In Mexico the chickens are fantastic, they were as big and juicy as the ones that I sell, but they are corn fed and they feed them on yellow flowers to make them even more yellow. The beef was tasty too, but they tend to use slow cook cuts, like shin, or skirt. Nothing is wasted over there, they even cook the bark of the beef once it has been marinaded in lemon juice and heavily salted, something that I must try at some point.

Anyone who knows me well, knows I'm very much a home bird; but I had to take this once in a life time opportunity by the horns, if you will.