The latest stories, straight to your inbox

The latest stories, straight to your inbox

Be inspired every day with Living North

Subscribe today and get every issue delivered direct to your door
Subscribe Now
Be inspired every day with Living North
Eiliv Sonas Aceron - Unsplash
Eat and Drink
March 2021
Reading time 10 minutes

Whether you’re craving beef, chicken, game, lamb, sausages or venison, our amazing local butchers have most of the animal kingdom covered this National Butchers’ Week

National Butchers' Week is taking place from 8th–14th March. So what better time to get stuck into your favourite grilled or slow-cooked dishes? Our local butchers have kept going throughout the hardest of times recently to make sure we have the best-quality meat in our kitchens, so it’s only right that we support them – especially this week.

Where to Stock Up

122 High Street, Norton TS20 1DS
01642 559191
Blackwells is an independent, family-run butchers which has been the heart of Norton village for more than 50 years. They prides themselves on serving locally-sourced quality meat from their butcher-deli on the village green. They also became finalists for the Butchers Shop of the Year 2020, so you know you can trust them.

Block & Bottle
188 Heaton Road, Newcastle NE6 5HP
0191 265 7955
This high-street butchers offers locally-sourced, free range, grass-fed meat and hand-crafted charcuterie (salami, sliced cured hams, pancetta and guanciale to name a few). They supply meat to Northern Rye and Proven Goods Co too – so they must be pretty special.

Bolster Moor Farm Shop
Harden Road Farm, 1a Bolster Moor Road, Golcar, Huddersfield HD7 4JU
01484 648274
At their family-run farm, Bolster Moor Farm Shop strive to provide the best in locally-sourced produce. Most of the beef and lamb available here is their own, and their pork comes from the farm next door.

Grainger Market
This market in the centre of Newcastle is the perfect place to round up the fresh meat on your shopping list. Working closely with numerous market traders, they have created, offering a range of food essentials to be delivered to your home – including great quality meat from Finlay’s, Oliver and Eden and Richard Campbell’s to name a few. Find out more about their work throughout lockdown here.

Holme Farmed Venison
Sherburn in Elmet, North Yorkshire LS25 6PD
01977 686440
Yorkshireman Nigel Sampson’s company, Holme Farmed Venison, has its roots in his passion for deer farming, and produces lean and tender venison all year round from traditionally-reared animals. One of the healthiest red meats available, it’s full of flavour too.

Hutchinson Hobbs Farm Shop
Holdenfields Farm, Castlelevington, Yarm TS15 9PB
01642 788748
This family-run farm shop stocks a great selection of local produce, from fresh fruit and vegetables to oils, preserves, condiments, beer, and more than 30 local gins. They make their own sausages and burgers and cure their own bacon and ham, and their freshly-baked pies are renowned.

JD Hall Butchers
2 Hill Street, Corbridge NE45 5AA
01434 632005
Arguably one of the best butchers in Northumberland, JD Hall boast a range of continental meats, deli products, cheeses and a delicious black pudding, as well as fabulous meat sourced from local farms. As one of Castle Bank Butchers’ seven outlets, you’ll know your food is in good hands.

Mccallums Farm Shop
Bank End Road, Finningley, Doncaster DN9 3NT
01302 770224
More than 75 of McCallum’s suppliers are based with 20 miles of the farm, and their meat and poultry is 100 percent British (sourced from across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire) so this is a real hub for local produce. Head to the butchers counter, where the experienced team are always happy to offer help and advice.

Radford’s Butchers
81 Coach Road, Sleights, Whitby
01947 810229
Radford’s Butchers stock a selection of locally-sourced produce, picking the highest quality animals from a range of specialist breeds at the local mart each week. You’ll find steak and pork pies, and quality homemade ready meals on the deli counter here too.

Ridley’s Fish and Game
Unit No 15 Acomb Industrial Estate, Acomb NE46 4SA
01434 609246
Alongside their phenomenal fish, which needs no introduction, Ridleys sell local wild game and innovative homemade pies and terrines. You’ll normally find them at farmers’ markets in the North but, for now, visitors are welcome to drop in at their unit in Acomb.

Rothbury Family Butchers
Townfoot, Rothbury NE65 7SS
01669 620744
Heighley Gate Garden Centre, Morpeth NE61 3DA
01670 504141
Locally-sourced meat and poultry can be found at this family-run butchers alongside exotic meats including crocodile, ostrich and even zebra. A visit wouldn’t be complete without sampling their sausages which have won regional, national and international acclaim. We’d also recommend trying their black-pudding-stuffed chicken breasts, which are wrapped in bacon.

Now you’ve got your meat of choice, it’s time to get cooking. Check out these mouth-watering recipes to try at home…

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.

Please read our Cookie policy.