Knowing where your meat comes from and to what standards it’s been produced, is hugely important. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the best meat to get delivered to your door.
Butchers with BBQ boxes
If you're looking for meat that comes from farmers who farm "in a way that is better for the animals, us as humans and the planet" then you've come to the right place. This online company works with farms that focus on organic, ethical, nature regenerative farming and they believe you can taste that difference in the meat they sell. Shop individual items like bone broth and steaks or opt for a particular meat box.
Follow them on Instagram @ethicalbutcher.
BBQ Box: "The Unlocked" BBQ box includes burgers, kebab kits, sausages, chops and more
The ethos of The Ginger Pig is simple: “livestock that is looked after well in the field simply tastes better on the plate.” This butcher with shops across London has longstanding links with the farmers that supply it, oh and they make cracking sausage rolls in-house too.
They do a range of boxes, but we particularly liked the sound of their weekend breakfast box featuring everything you'd need for a cracking fry up.
Follow them on Instagram @gingerpigltd.
BBQ Box: Their BBQ box includes T Bone and rump steaks, pork chops, burgers and sausages
Best known for their steaks, Hawksmook are now delivering them across the country (and individually in Ocado too). The steak cuts change every month and have included fillet, bone-in ribeye and more. Also look out for their steak-only boxes which features four cuts of steak in one.
Follow them on Instagram @hawksmoorrestaurants.
BBQ Box: The Ultimate Barbecue box includes Old Spot Belly ribs, Tomahawk, fillet and sirloin steak, burgers and beer
Mac & Wild’s policy of ‘extreme traceability’ sees them work hand in hand with small producers in the Scottish Highlands. Their family meat box would work for a family of 4-5 or you could go all-in with your housemates and eat like royalty for a week or so. It contains both beef and venison mince, venison, beef and pork sausages, a free-range highland chicken and one Mac & Wild venison and lamb haggis. They also do a kit version of their Venimoo burger.
Follow them on Instagram @macandwild
BBQ box: They have BBQ boxes of various sizes with steaks, venison and beef burgers, lamb chops and sausages
HG Walter supply the meat for numerous London restaurants, from The River Cafe through to Patty & Bun and Kricket. They've also played a great game since the first lockdown, pairing up with numerous restaurants for innovative meal kits.
On the meat box side of things, if you don't have loads of fridge or freezer space, their Native Breed steak box is perfect. It features two sirloin steaks, two fillet steaks, a bulb of garlic and a small bunch of rosemary. Job done.
Follow them on Instagram @hgwalter.
BBQ box: They have a series of BBQ boxes, including an Indian BBQ feast and a luxury box that includes two spatchcocked poussins
This Dorset-based company say their free range meat is "supplied by small, local farms run by farmers who genuinely care." We tried their steak lovers box and the meat - from the New Forest - was amazing. They sell both fresh meat and charcuterie, so you can opt for a mix of both if you prefer. Delivery is available next day, nationwide.
Follow them on Instagram @meatboxcom.
BBQ box: Their boxes include the skewers box with marinated chicken pork and steak skewers (they provide the skewers too)
Provenance have several butchers in West London, starting in Notting Hill and most recently in South Kensington, and have built up strong relationships with British suppliers (as well as getting Iberico pluma from Spain). The online shop has a huge range and offers same-day delivery to a great part of London. There are a huge amount of cuts to wade through and keep an eye out for special boxes too.
Follow them on Instagram @provenancebutcher
BBQ box: Provenance have a range of BBQ boxes, including an American BBQ box which features brisket, a rack of ribs and more.
Swaledale meat features in many a London restaurant and you can now buy direct too. They're a whole-carcass butcher specialising in native breeds, and a focus on beef, free-range pork and lamb. You'll find a particularly huge amount of cuts here, many dry-aged in their Himalayan salt wall room, and suitable for pretty much any recipe and look out for their seasonal offers. Their site also has recipes from top chefs including Sebby Holmes, Anna Tobias, John Chantarasak and more.
Follow them on Instagram: @swaledalebutchers.
BBQ box: They won best kebab at Good Housekeepings BBQ taste test, while the main BBQ box features flat iron and ribeye steaks, lamb and pork sausages, burgers & more.
When Hawksmoor’s executive chef is one half of the butchery team, you know that what you’re going to find at this Angel butcher will be top quality. Their shop sells meat from British native breeds reared on independent farms and smallholdings - it’s aged in house and they make their own sausages and burgers too.
Meat boxes include the Spanish Old Cow box which features a number of Galician and Basque cuts
Follow them on Instagram @turnerandgeorge.
BBQ box: Their box features the famed Black Label burger, sausages, ribs, their own BBQ rub and more.
More butchers delivering
While the restaurant is closed, Boisdale are selling grass-fed, dry-aged Buccleuch steaks and roasting joints from their butchers the Campbell Brothers (which are also suppliers to Buckingham Palace). You can add smoked salmon, shellfish and even Italian and black truffles to the order.
Follow them on Instagram @boisdale_restaurants.
Australian-born butcher Nathan Mills is all about nose to tail butchery - there’s no waste at his butchers which you'll find in East and South London.
In their online shop, you’ll find cuts you may not be familiar with like their Korean cut through short ribs, so it’s great for expanding your recipe repertoire. Their beef and bone marrow burgers are particularly popular and they even do child-friendly sausages with reduced salt.
Follow them on Instagram @thebutcheryse23.
The Broadway Market butcher specialises in small herd, whole-carcass butchery and sourced from small, independent farmers who use traditional, low-intervention methods. If you can't make it to the butcher's, they do deliver online and you can even throw in a frying pan or a boning knife or two.
Follow them on Instagram @hillandszrok.
Meat Me at Home is the online home delivery service of Freedown Food, which supplies meat to the likes of Nobu, Hakkasan, Hide, Sexy Fish, Zuma and Harrods. Their USP is really interesting luxury cuts like wagyu from Japan, Australia and Chile along with Duke of Berkshire ‘Kurobuta’ and Iberian Pata Negra pork.
Included in their box selections are new additions of specialist poultry, UK wagyu charcuterie produced exclusively for MMAH and their own Wagyu brand, Freedown Hills, raised in the UK and finished on caramelised olive feed.
Follow them on Instagram @meatmeathome.
"It's business as usual, say South London butchers O'Sheas, "Even when it's business as unusual. And that means guaranteeing a constant supply of the finest pure-bred meat from the pastures of Perthshire, Ireland and the Ridings of Yorkshire.”
There are five meat bundles on offer, including some handy freezer packs for seeing you through lockdown - and they deliver across London.
Follow them on Instagram @osheasbutchers.
Coombeshead Farm - Tom Adams' (Pitt Cue) farm has an online shop that will deliver regular special boxes - the middlewhite pig being one to source here.
Farmison and co - Alongside a range of cuts, look out for their regular meat boxes (and they also have a subscription)
Flat Iron - They have a butcher's box featuring steak, burgers, a roasting joint and mince too.
Jones, The Butcher - A famed London butcher that started at Smithfield before coming to Herne Hill in 1962.
Godfreys - If you can't make it to Highbury for this acclaimed butcher, you can also buy online.
Lurra - the place to go if you fancy some Galician meat
Phillip Warren - One of Cornwall's best and suppliers of restaurants that include Brat, Blacklock and Flat Iron.
Pipers Farm - The award-winning butchers is touted by many a chef and food writer.
Prime Feast - featuring meat from Goodman, Beast and Zelman Meats.
Zoilo, the Argentine restaurant, has a few meat boxes on offer featuring Argentine grass-fed meat. There are two steak boxes, a sausage box and you can also add in empanadas and wine to your order.
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