117 Mount Street, London W1, 020-7499 5831
A brilliant range of meat including chicken, duck, guinea fowl, quail, game, beef, pork, lamb, veal. The free-range Devon rose chicken is particularly juicy and it also stocks seasonal oddities such as gull’s eggs. Prominent places that it supplies include Claridges, the Caledonian Club, and, believe it or not, both Stringfellows.
Coyles of Richmond
23 Friar’s Stile Road, London TW10 6NH, 020-8940 0414
Coyles stocks organic beef, lamb, pork, chicken and game from the Black Mountains and Dorset. It has a close relationship with suppliers, and insists on purity, quality and welfare. Fresh line-caught fish and shellfish are available and the new deli counter adds sausages, pies, cooked meats and cheese to the mix.
A Dove and Son (Butcher)
71 Northcote Road, London SW11, 020-7223 5191
This Balham butcher has been in the family for 120 years and stocks a selection of free-range (and some organic) meat including English lamb, Scots beef and chickens from Hereford. The on-site kitchen produces a constantly changing selection of seasonal fare, including casseroles and pies.
James Elliott (Butcher)
96 Essex Road, London N1 8LU, 020-7226 3658
Totally free-range meats, including Lincolnshire lamb, Scotch premier beef, and seasonal game, as well as a wide selection of English cheeses. Its impressive range of speciality sausages includes Toulouse (beef, pork and garlic), wild boar and apple, and the spicy lamb merguez.
8-10 Moxon Street, off Marylebone Lane, London W1U 4EW, 020-7935 7788
Free-range meat, including Longhorn beef, Tamworth and Old Spot pork and Blue Face Leicester and salt-marsh lamb, reared at its own farm in North Yorkshire. As well as good-quality meat, the shop specialises in cooked produce, selling 900 of its famous sausage rolls a week. The pork pie is much loved and its new Cornish pasty, made with top-notch beef and handmade pastry, promises to be another classic.
7 Highbury Park, London N5 1QT, 020-7226 9904
Unit 12, Morris Place, London, N4 3GJ, 0207 561 1713
Run by a meat enthusiast, Godfrey’s sausages grace the plates of the Savoy and the Hilton and other establishments. It stocks some organic meat, including free-range, grass fed beef from Orkney, mutton from Ronaldsay in Orkney and chicken from Sutton Hoo in Norfolk. A recently launched range of traditionally made organic meat stock, created on site, hopes to encourage home cooking. Specialises in whole carcasses. Member of the Guild of Q and delivers in the local area.
134-136 East End Road, London N2 ORZ, 020-8883 6187
A range of organic chicken from Herefordshire, Yorkshire beef and Welsh lamb flies out the shop. The on-site kitchen produces pies, cakes, and vegetarian alternatives.
64 Wapping Lane, London E1W 2RL, 020-7488 3686; 54 Wapping Lane, London E1W 2RL, 020-7480 6081 husseywappinglane.com
Free-range beef from Scotland, free-range pork from Surrey, chicken from Gloustershire and lamb from around the UK. The new shop at number 54, a mere few doors down, uses products from the original and cooks them, with gammons, roasted hams, slices of Scotch beef and other meats on offer.
14 Bittacy Hill, London NW7 1LB, 020-8346 1055 highlanderorganics.co.uk
Highlanders Organics supplies organic beef, lamb, pork, chicken, and turkey reared on organically approved farms in the Welsh Black Mountains. But the emphasis here is on quirkier meat, with crocodile, ostrich, kudu, zebra, wild boar and kangaroo available. Other unusual specialities include organic biltong and 60 varieties of gluten-free sausage. Order online with free, same-day delivery to London and overnight courier to the rest of the UK.
Kent and Sons
59 St John’s Wood High Street, London NW8 7NL, 020-7722 2258
Kent’s has been supplying meat and poultry since 1919 and now specialises in free-range and organic produce. The veal and the organic lamb from Wales come highly recommended. Sausages, burgers and kitchen-ready products are made on site. Member of the Guild of Q.
140 Portobello Road, London W11 2DZ, 020-7727 6067
Traditional butcher offering free-range pork, chicken and lamb from Beauminster in Dorset. It specialises in rare-breeds and, when available, stocks Gloucester Old Spot pork and beef from White Park and Herefords.
110 Holland Park Avenue, London W11 4UA, 020-7727 8243
Probably one of the most famous butchers in the country, David Lidgate believes passionately in traceability and small producers. He was one of the founders of the Guild of Q Butchers, and his densely packed shop is a real treat for meat lovers. Some of the highlights include: organic lamb and pork from Highgrove; organic beef from Sussex; Shetland Island lamb; award-winning pies and sausages; and less run-of-the-mill meat such as guinea fowl and ostrich.
44 Turnham Green Terrace, Chiswick, London W4 1QP, 020-8994 2646
The customer always comes first here with recipe advice and meat cut to the individual’s specification. Going since the early 60s, it carries all the usual meats, impeccably sourced – poultry, beef, pork and lamb – and also specialises in game.
507 Central Markets, Farringdon Road, Smithfield, London EC1A 9NL, 020-7253 9606
Stocking only naturally reared, free-range meats such as west country lamb, Norfolk chickens and pork from the rare-breed Gloucester Old Spot, this central London butchers aims to provide high quality meat at affordable prices.
The Meat Like It Used to Be Co
50 Cannon Lane, Pinner, Middlesex HA5 1HW, 0208 866 4611
A wide selection of quality British meats sold in a traditional butcher’s shop. Products include Plantation Pigs’ free-range pork from traditional breeds fed on GM-free diets, Aberdeen Angus beef, free-range chickens, and bacon cured on site.
AG Miller & Son
152 Waldegrave Road, Teddington, London TW11 8NA, 020-8977 2753
Organic beef, pork, lamb and poultry, with the current bestseller salt-marsh lamb.
14 Stratford Road, London W8 6QD, 020-7937 1777
A certified-organic butcher, selling organic beef and lamb from Wales.
M Moen & Sons
24 The Pavement, Clapham Common, London SW4 0JA, 020-7622 1624
As much of a delicatessen as a butcher’s shop with a fine selection of prize-winning sausages, properly matured beef and free-range meat, hams, bacon and cheeses. Meat is organic or free range from more than 50 sources around the country. Currently popular is the quality barbecue range which includes miniature suckling pigs, butterflied legs of Welsh lamb and Spanish pork Iberico.
Pethers of Kew
16 Station Parade, Kew Gardens, London TW9 3PZ, 020-8940 0163
Free-range butchers, stocking a wide range of locally sourced meat and 40 varieties of cheese. Customers come far and wide for their multi-award-winning pies, with beef bourguignon or lamb, leek and apricot the pick of the bunch.
Pure Meat Co and B&M Seafoods (Butcher and Fishmonger)
258 Kentish Town Road, London NW5 2AA, 020-7485 0346
Organic beef, pork, lamb and chicken from Cornwall and a range of organic sausages made on the premises. Also sells organic, fresh fish from Devon, organic fruit and vegetables and deli products. The shop supplies the owner’s nearby new venture, Café Red, an organic cafe/ deli/ restaurant/ bar and jazz club.
113 Wandsworth Bridge Road, London SW6 2TE, 020-7736 3426
Gordon Ramsay is one of the many customers who come to Randalls for its organic beef from Somerset, lamb from Wales and chicken from Herefordshire. Member of the Guild of Q.
Rare Butchers of Distinction
Unit 29, Chiltonian Industrial Estate, Manor Lane, London, SE12 0TX, 020-8852 8401
Supplying some of London’s smartest restaurants, Rare Butchers has been going since 2000 when the owners realised that there was a dearth of premier meats hung using traditional methods. Some meat is organic, and some is local, but the emphasis here is on top-quality fresh meat and game.
24 Old Dover Road, Blackheath, London SE3 7BT, 020-8355 8597
Organic and rare-breed meat including Shetland lamb, Gloucester Old Spot pork and beef from South Devon, Kent and Sussex. It produces a wide range of cooked meats, which are stocked in the deli, alongside freshly made organic bread and an excellent selection of British cheeses.
51 Palliser Road, London W14 9EB, 020-7385 6466
This Baron’s Court butcher brings a taste of the country to the town; with organic chicken from the Welsh borders and beef and lamb from Yorkshire and Wales. It also has an excellent selection of organic cheese and is a member of the Guild of Q.
Wyndham House Poultry
2-3 Stoney Street, London SE1 9AA, 020-7403 4788
339 Fulham Road, London SW10 9TW, 020-7352 7888
39 Tachbrook Street, London SW1V 2JR, 020-7821 6341
The flagship Southwark butchers specialise in poultry, although the other two also stock other meat. The in-house chicken is Label Anglais, bred in a free-range traditional farm in Essex, and current bestseller is the Sutton Hoe, a darker meat chicken with a larger breast. Boned or stuffed, it can produce meat to the customer’s specifications and recent innovations include duck stuffed with foie gras, crowns of chicken and boned turkey legs.